Libraries for parents and carers
The library offers a whole lot more than books, CDs, games and computers.
The library is also a good place to meet other parents and carers.
Helping your child to enjoy books and reading
As with anything, reading improves with practice. Encourage your child to listen to stories and read at home.
Put reading at the centre of your household:
- Visit your local library on a regular basis
- Let your child see you reading whether books, newspapers, magazines and talk about books together
- Start a home library
- Reading with children of all ages is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning
- See our top tips for reading with children
- Read our dyslexia awareness leaflet and check out 'Dive In', a guide to choosing books for reluctant readers and readers with dyslexia
- When children ask ‘What can I read next? Lovereading4kids and Fantasticfiction will help you search for suggestions
- Homework help: Britannica Junior and Britannica Student can help with researching homework topics
If you want to improve your own literacy, contact learndirect.
You can borrow books from the Positive Parenting Collection on a wide range of topics:
- Child care including healthy eating, coping with sleep problems, childhood illnesses
- Child Development – what to expect at each stage of your child’s life
- Early learning – helping children learn new skills such as reading, counting
- How to help children cope with new experiences – visits to hospital, starting playgroup or school, the arrival of a new baby
- Let's talk about feelings - books and more to help your family get along better