Toddlers are getting ready to read

Look here for our favorite books, plus tips on how to help your toddler learn to read. Make regular trips to the library part of your toddler’s life. Young children learn best when they’re actively involved. We’ll share great activities for home and around town.

Good Books


See our favorite picture books and stories that teach some of life‘s tougher lessons. Use free Tumblebooks anytime — animated, talking books online.

How to Read to Toddlers


Don‘t just read — talk about it too! Toddlers learn best when you ask questions about what you‘re reading and respond to their answers.

Six Things Before School Starts


Here are six things every child should know before starting school — and simple ways to teach them!

Games Online


These are our favorite places to find safe, fun games online.

Mother Goose Activities


Mother Goose rhymes are still one of the best ways to build language skills. Here are crafty, creative ideas for sharing these classics.

CU Playgroups


Connect with other parents and tots in Champaign with these groups.

CU Field Trips & Activities


Check these links for kid-centric things to see and do in C-U.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This nationwide program gives parents an inspiring goal and promotes bonding through books. Sign up and get a reading log at the library. There's a small reward for every 100 books completed. For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Read more.

Reading Clubs

Each season, we offer new reading clubs and activities that preschoolers will love.  Read more.

Storyline logo


Listen to celebrities read picture books on Storyline.

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Online animated books

Books We Recommend

For Babies
For Preschoolers