Children Under Five

The Bedtime Bear by Ian WhybrowSharing books from an early age helps children learn to read later on, as well as being fun for you and your child. 

We understand that babies and young children can be noisy. We have toys and games for them to play with in the library and lots of books, cassettes, CD's to borrow including:

  • picture books
  • counting and alphabet books
  • cassettes and CDs with nursery rhymes, songs and stories
  • books, cassettes and CDs in languages other than English
  • books for parents and carers on topics such as childcare
  • books to help children cope with new experiences like starting school

Joining the library

Your child is never too young to join the library - even babies can become members. Childminders and home educators can apply for a special library ticket that allows them to borrow more items.

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers - look out for the Bookstart Bear Club mornings!

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratneyThese are special mornings at the library with rhymes, stories and activities. It's free to join the Bookstart Bear Club to receive your passport, welcome certificate, bookmark and door hanger. Paw prints are stamped on the passport each time a child takes part in a Bear Club activity and there are more certificates to collect!

Activities such as:

  • attending a library event
  • sharing books at home
  • using a computer in the library
  • sharing a book in the library.

Come and visit your local library and join in the Bookstart Bear Club.

Further details available at any Croydon library: 020 8726 6900

Children's events

We run free events for children at all our libraries. These include

  • Bookstart Bear Club for babies
  • Wiggle and Jiggle sessions for toddlers
  • Storytime for children aged from about two and a half years
  • Family, children's and teenage reading groups

Times vary from one library to the next. See the Croydon's libraries pages for information about your local library.