Preschool Pages

Resources, recommendations and everything preschool!

What does the Library have for my preschooler?


Board books - Books with tough cardboard pages and covers, made to be explored safely by babies and young children. We select titles that appeal to children, with bright pictures and a variety of amounts of text.

The very sleepy bear Patterns Milo's black and white world

Picture books - Our picture books are a very special part of the Library collection. Here you’ll find classics and new titles, organised alphabetically by author. Author and illustrator Barbara Cooney says that “a picture book is like a necklace with the illustrations being the jewels and the text is the string that holds them all together”. [Barbara Cooney, National Library]

The Promise of PuangaShark in the park on a windy day Pencil Dog

Children’s Music CDs - These are free to borrow and include popular Children’s musicians and music to sing and dance to.

ABC Kids Hits Kids Bop 2019 Relax and be happy mindfulness for children

Preschool Sessions

Babytimes, Toddlertimes and Storytimes all typically run during term time.

During the current situation with Covid-19, we have moved our preschool sessions online!

You can find each session as they go live over on the Waimakariri Libraries' Facebook page.  And once they've made their digital debut, they are posted here on the website for you to easily check back on any time you like later on.

Here are a couple of videos we have up already:  

There are currently copyright allowances that enable us to do this, but this digital availability may change further down the track.


ReadNZ share many resources for New Zealanders, so we've collated some of the best ones for preschoolers.

The following are some great digital storytime resources (for once you've worked your way through all of the Waimakariri Libraries' digital preschool sessions!):

Some more spectacular digital storytimes include those being read from....... space!

Does your child love looking at the stars? Or do they dream of being an astronaut? On this website you will find stories about space, read by astronauts on the International Space Station! While they are in space, they are recording themselves, reading stories to the children on Earth!

Plunket has compiled a series of booklets for different age groups, under 'Fun activities for whānau at home'.

Tumblebooks has hundreds of animated picture books to listen to or read along with on your device.

Story Box Library Reviews

Story Box Library is a wonderful resource available for access with your library card. Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers at home, as well as in the library.

Librarian Sally reviews several of these stories and has her top recommendations for you right here:


Piranhas Don’t Like Bananas by Aaron Blabey

This is one of my favourite picture books and the fact that it is read by the author, Aaron Blabey seems to make it even more special. If your children like a funny story, told with rhyming text and plenty of chances to join in and anticipate what will happen next, this is the story for you!

Chip the lifeguard

Chip the Lifeguard by Kylie Howarth

Chip is a seagull who would really like to try something new. His attempts at being a life-guard like his hero, Jess, don’t always go right. But he keeps trying and that’s what makes this such a great story.

the unscary book

The Unscary Book by Nick Bland

Does your child like the thrill of a book that might be a little bit scary, but prefers something safe? Then this is the book for them! The fact that the main character’s name is Nicholas Ickle, gives you some idea of the fun in this story. And here on Story Box Library, it is read with lots of humour and funny faces.

Last tree in the city

Last Tree in the City by Peter Carnavas

This is a thought provoking story about a little boy who lives in a grey colourless city and finds a lot of joy in the last tree to grow there.  It is read by the author, who conveys the feelings of a small boy when things seem too big to fix on your own. A gentle and beautifully illustrated story about the environment and why it matters to us all.

The Travel Bug

The Travel Bug by Benjamin Gilmour and James Gulliver Hancock

It was the illustrations that first drew me to this story - I think they reminded me of curtains in my childhood! The bug in the story doesn’t know any other bugs like him and sets off on a quest to see what he can find. It is read in a gently, enthusiastic style and the way he shares his own travel plans at the end of the story is quite delightful.