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For Babies to Preschoolers

New Kid's Books

The Niles Public Library has a wide variety of books, music, movies, and more available for children of all ages. Click here to browse materials available for live streaming. Click on the icons below to find children's materials available in our main catalog for checkout.

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Early Learning

Even though babies don't use words for several months, they are learning about language from the time they are born. Parents are their children's first and best teachers, and the Library is here to help you!

The best way to teach your child language is not through flashcards or commercial programs. It is by spending time with them:

Talking

Take time to talk with your child, listen to what they say, and extend what they say. For instance, if your child hands you a ball and says, "Ball," you can hand the ball back and say, "Here is the ball," or "Here is the red ball."

Singing

Your child does not care if you are a good singer! They love to hear your voice, and songs help children learn about the sounds and rhythms of language. Click here to see the cd's in our catalog.

Reading

Your child loves to get your attention, and spending some cozy time reading will help them learn the names of things and how a book works. Click here for some great picture books.

Writing

Many activities that use fingers help develop writing skills. Drawing is one, and so is using scissors, threading big beads on a string--anything that uses fingers.

Playing

Playing with your child helps them learn the words for what you are doing together.

Check out our calendar for events that will give you suggestions on how to practice each of these five learning techniques with your child. Our storytimes are fun and they are also great opportunities to practice these five skills.

Tumblebooks

Online picture books that move and talk!

The Tumblebooks collection also includes read-alongs for early readers, puzzles, games, book quizzes, audiobooks for older readers, and a collection of foreign language books.

Try it now!

Check out TumblebooksCloudJunior for books and videos for older kids, too!