Preschool Pages

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Resources, recommendations and everything preschool!

What does the Library have for my pre-schooler?


ReadNZ share many resources for New Zealanders, so we've collated some of the best ones for preschoolers.

The following are some great digital storytime resources

Some more spectacular digital storytimes include those being read from....... space!

Does your child love looking at the stars? Or do they dream of being an astronaut? On this website you will find stories about space, read by astronauts on the International Space Station! While they are in space, they are recording themselves, reading stories to the children on Earth!

Plunket has compiled a series of booklets for different age groups, under 'Fun activities for whānau at home'.



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LOTE4Kids -  Storytime in your language

Over 3000+ online picture books for kids in 65+ languages, including Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. Each picture book is read aloud, and is paired with an English language version.

"Download the LOTE4Kids App from the App Store or Google Play today

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Story Box Library is a wonderful resource available for access with your library card. Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers at home, as well as in the library.


Board books - Books with tough cardboard pages and covers, made to be explored safely by babies and young children. We select titles that appeal to children, with bright pictures and a variety of amounts of text.

The very sleepy bear Patterns Milo's black and white world

Picture books - Our picture books are a very special part of the Library collection. Here you’ll find classics and new titles, organised alphabetically by author. Author and illustrator Barbara Cooney says that “a picture book is like a necklace with the illustrations being the jewels and the text is the string that holds them all together”. [Barbara Cooney, National Library]

The Promise of PuangaShark in the park on a windy day Pencil Dog

Children’s Music CDs - These are free to borrow and include popular Children’s musicians and music to sing and dance to.

ABC Kids Hits Kids Bop 2019 Relax and be happy mindfulness for children

Black and white books for babies - When a baby is born, their eyesight is still developing and black and white books with simple lines and bold patterns are easier for babies to see. The contrast between the light and dark images stand out and help the baby focus on the image. In the first 3 months, babies can focus on objects that are closer to them, so it’s important that you hold the book so that they can see the images. You can help by talking to your baby about the pictures, because it’s never too early to start reading to your child. Find these books in the catalogue.