Under fives

Sharing books and stories is all about having fun together.

It also helps children develop language, listening and communication skills - it’s never too early to introduce babies to the colourful world of books.

We have

  • A dedicated children's catalogue
  • Board Books with thick easy to turn pages that will appeal to the youngest child
  • Story books featuring new and old friends, traditional and new stories from around the world
  • Lift-the-flap, pop-up, musical, novelty and tactile books
  • Activity books with nursery rhymes for singing and counting games
  • First facts books to introduce children to concepts such as letters, numbers, colours and shapes
  • Simple non-fiction books on themes such as trucks and diggers, wild animals and dinosaurs
  • New experiences books to help with new and sometimes difficult situations like moving house or a new baby
  • Children’s DVDs and CDs containing nursery rhymes, songs and stories
  • Story sacks containing picture and information books, toys and a game all linked to the story
  • Most of our libraries hold Bounce and Rhyme times, you will find details of dates and times here

We want all parents, carers and children to feel welcome, happy and comfortable in the library so there’s no need to worry about tantrums, books being pulled off the shelves or the need to feed or take a child to the toilet.

There are no overdue charges for under fives.

We also know that young children sometimes accidentally damage books and make no charges for this either.

Library services for all early years settings, including Children’s Centres and playgroups

All educational settings for pre school children can have a library card to borrow items from their local library and from County Hall special collections. Your local library or mobile library can supply a ‘Playgroup’ library card. With this card you can borrow:

  • A range of picture books
  • Themed collections of books for under fives that support the EYFS curriculum From Easter, to weather or rhyming stories, we can support your special project. One playgroup said of a recent collection they had borrowed: ‘Fabulous - amazing pictures and facts to cover all areas of our topic.
  • Storysacks : Click here for hints and tips on getting the best from a story sack.
  • Dual language picture books
  • Musical and tactile books
  • Special and additional needs resources – Bag Books (sturdy props and a simple story to share with children) large print and braille children’s books to support accessibility for children and parents with a visual impairment
  • New experiences books – books to help support children through new experiences eg : going to the dentist, start playgroup or school, move house, deal with a bereavement etc

Ask at your local library or email libraries.youngpeoplesservices@norfolk.gov.uk for more details.