Libraries have a range of great children's books you can borrow for free and your baby or toddler is never too young to join.
Sign up for Bookbug's free and fun Library Challenge - it's an easy way to enjoy books!
- Join your local library and pick up your child's Collector's Card
- Collect a stamp each time your child borrows books
- When your card is full, swap it for a certificate for your child to keep
- Start collecting stamps on a new card! There are lots of certificates to collect.
Top tips to get started
1. Children can start from any age
It’s never too early to encourage your child to use your local library. Let them take their time looking at the books and enjoy the experience - don’t be afraid of making too much mess or noise!
2. Make it part of your routine
Make a trip to the library part of your routine if you can. It will help your child feel at home there and they’ll look forward to picking out new books.
3. Talk to the library staff
Library staff are happy to help - ask for book recommendations and information about special events such as Bookbug Sessions.
4. Make it fun!
Once you’ve started borrowing books and collecting your certificates, you could set little challenges to help make regular library visits even more fun. Try leaving post-it note reviews in books you enjoyed or finding the biggest book in the library.
5. Use our book lists for inspiration
If you're not sure what to borrow next, we’ve got lots of brilliant book lists available on our website to help. If certain books aren’t available, most libraries can order a copy from another branch, so you’ll never run out of reading material.