Young readers

It's never too early to start reading. Reading together increases literacy skills and helps to build a strong and loving relationship between you and your child. Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects.

Child reading with family
All of our libraries have a dedicated families book collection that cover a range of parenting subjects, from weaning and tantrums to teenagers. 

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Every branch also runs at least one storytime session a week.

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Sharing books with children

Bookstart treasure pack
Books for young readers

BookTrust is the UK's largest reading charity, and through its universal book gifting programme, every child should receive a Bookstart Baby bag in their first year and a Bookstart Treasure pack when they are 3 to 4-years-old. 

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Settings, nurseries and centres

Hillingdon Libraries offer visits to early years settings to give out free Bookstart packs and run a story session.

We also welcome visits from settings to our libraries, where the children can explore the library and borrow our books.

We have a special early years card available at our branches. The card allows up to 25 books to be borrowed at a time. There is no fee for this card, and no charges for overdue books.

To request a visit or for more information, please contact your local library directly.

Page last updated: 26 Jan 2023