Under 5s

It’s more than just a library … it’s a place to discover, learn and enjoy!

Discover Storytimes and Rhymetimes at your library

Young children love stories and rhymes, and they’re never too young to join the library! We’ve a huge range of board books, picture books and e-books for under 5s, and each library has a dedicated children’s area.
Why not come along to one of our free Storytime and Rhymetime sessions; everyone is welcome to join in – mums, dads, grandparents and carers! Find details of your nearest Storytime and Rhymetime in our events section

They are a fun way to give your child a great start in life; as they listen, count, sing, colour and enjoy themselves; and it’s a chance for you to meet and make friends too! (Find our list of weekly sessions in the Documents section of this page).
Leeds Libraries work with Bookstart​, a national scheme which offers free books to every child, encouraging families to share the fun of reading books together. Pre-school children can join the Bookstart Bear Club and receive a special folder, passport and certificates. It’s free to join and great fun – there’s even a chance to win £20 of books in the prize draw.
You can collect your free Bookstart pack, which includes a Baby Pack for 7-12 months, a Treasure Pack for 36-48months, Bookstart Star for children with a condition or disability which impacts on or delays their fine motor skills, Bookshine especially created for deaf children and Booktouch especially created for visually impaired children; each pack contains two books and information to help families share and enjoy books together.
Get your child ready for learning with Leeds Libraries …
Leeds Libraries has joined forces with Yorkshire Bank on the Count Me In project. Count Me In 1, 2, 3 bags are a fun way of encouraging your pre-school children to learn simple mathematical concepts through books, games and activities.

Borrow one of our three activity bags
One Little Duck – young children about one year old will enjoy this simple counting rhyme. The activities encourage listening, looking and learning about colours and sizes.
Wobble Bear says Yellow – two to three year olds can follow Wobble Bear as he gets ready for bed. The activities encourage colour recognition, counting, observation and matching, size and co-ordination.

Oliver’s Vegetables – pre-school children may relate to Oliver who won’t eat anything but chips! That is until he helps his Grandpa in the garden. The activities assist with counting, sequencing, number recognition, matching and height comparison.



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