This section contains information about library activities and books for babies, preschoolers and early readers.
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Little kids activities
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Funtimes sessions include stories, rhymes, music and movement.
Free sessions for preschoolers and home-schooled children are held weekly during each school term (not during the school holidays).
Session times are:
- Tikipunga Library: Tuesdays at 10 am
- Whangarei Central Library: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am in the Children's Room
There are no Funtimes during the school holidays: from 23 April until 2 May 2013.
Sessions will resume again on Tuesday 7 May 2013.
Special Preschool Sessions
Funtimes sessions are also available to groups such as Kohanga Reo, Kindergartens, Playcentres, etc. For more information please contact the Children's' Services Librarian, phone +64 9 430 4206 or email email@example.com
Note: All children attending these sessions must be accompanied by an adult.
Books for little kids
Books for babies
There is a large collection of chunky board books in the Children's Room that are perfect for reading aloud, teaching basic concepts and encouraging early word recognition to babies. This collection is great for introducing baby to books.
Reading to your child will encourage a natural progression from board books to picture books. Picture books have very little text and are brimming with colourful illustrations. Your child will enjoy the story as well as spending time looking at, and discussing, the pictures with you. Reading picture books to your child prepares them for learning to read for themselves.
Junior easy readers (Guided Readers)
Junior easy readers are graded in order to allow a progression through levels of reading according to your child's ability. Grades are colour coded from pink through red, yellow, orange, green, blue and brown to black.
There are many different titles to choose from both in fiction and non-fiction. The colour code is not linked to age as each child will learn reading skills at its own pace regardless of age. This collection of books will carry your child from being an emergent reader, requiring your assistance, through to reading chapter books without your help. The secret is to allow your child to become proficient in a grade before you allow them to move on to the next grade.