Baby and Toddler Book Club

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Baby with bookIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting. Read on to find out more about these book clubs and see what books they are reading!

What happens at the book clubs?

  • Parents/carers introduce themselves and babies/toddlers to group.
  • Library staff facilitator, Maria, distributes copies of age-appropriate books to groups.  Maria reads story.  Tips and advice on reading to babies and toddlers are provided.  Members are encouraged to borrow the book and read it to their child. If you haven't already you can Join the library online.
  • Library staff facilitator, Maria, teaches a song or rhyme based on the theme of the story read.
  • Toys are provided for the children.  Parents/carers have opportunity to socialise.

Why read to my baby/toddler?

  • It’s a fun activity.
  • Enhances child’s vocabulary.
  • Increases child’s attention span.
  • Books can help children deal with developmental issues such as potty training, transitioning from a cot to a bed, going to the doctor and getting ready for big school.
  • Introduces them to the concept of empathy.

My child is quite active.  Is this a problem if she attends the group?

Absolutely not! It’s perfectly normal for toddlers to become easily distracted whilst reading a story to them.  The important thing to remember is that by reading to your child little by little, you are slowly building the foundation of learning they need by the time they are ready to start school.  In saying that, many of the stories chosen have interactive elements. The children can join in and participate in storytelling itself!

The groups also provide children with a valuable opportunity to mix and socialise with other children of their age.

Reading to children does more than teaching them to love books:

We are doing something that I believe is just as powerful, and it is something that we are losing as a culture: by reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human. When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I will go further and say that that child then learns to feel the world more deeply, becoming more aware of himself and others in a way that he simply cannot experience except in our laps, or in our classrooms, or in our reading circles.

Anna Dewdney, the best-selling children’s author and illustrator behind the popular 'Llama Llama' series.

Baby Book Club Books Read to Date

Baby book club readsMy First Mr Men Colours
Farm Chase by Rod Campbell
ABC by Kim Siebold
How to Feed Your Cheeky Monkey by Jane Clarke
Hugless Douglas Numbers by David Melling
Spot Says Goodnight by Eric Hill
Where’s Teddy by Rod Campbell
Spot’s Spooky Fun by Eric Hill



Toddler Book Club Books Read to Date

Toddler book club reads

It’s Potty Time by Tracey Corderoy
Lion Practise by Emma Carlisle
I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae
Silly Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
George by Nicola Smee
Old MacDonald’s Things that Go by Jane Clarke
Usborne Noisy Spooky Book

P.S. Check out some of the other books read by Baby Book Club and books read by Toddler Book Club.

Ballymun Library contact details | Ballymun Library Book Clubs for Babies and Toddlers.



What day/time is the baby/toddler book club on at in Ballymun library?
Thanks Roisin

Baby book club meets every Tuesday 10am -10.40am. Suitable for newborns up to 2 years.
Toddler book club meets every Tuesday 11am -11.45am. Suitable for children aged 2 to 3 years.

More information.

Great thanks!

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