For kids

Mum and daughter reading

Using the library with children is a great way to support and encourage a love of reading and books.

You and your child can access a range of resources, to borrow from our libraries or by downloading and streaming.

If you haven't tuned in to one of our Virtual Storytimes, you're missing out! Watch a selection now on our YouTube channel, or follow us on Facebook for new Storytimes as they're released. 

Kids & Families eNewsletter

Stay up to date with the latest releases, upcoming events and resources for kids and families.

Family Time

Join us at 10am for fun times as we help build pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. See our schedule below to discover sessions happening near you!

Family Time schedule

Baby Rhyme Time – Giggle, coo and cuddle with favourite rhymes and songs. Ideal for children from birth to 2 years.

Toddler Time – Sing, move and groove, learn new words and make new friends. Ideal for toddlers aged 2 to 4 years. 

Storytime – Listen, laugh and roar with favourite stories old and new. Ideal for children from 3 to 5 years.

Kids eLibrary

Our eLibrary for kids has lots of ebooks and eAudiobooks all in one kid-friendly place, including the OverDrive for kids website. OverDrive is moving to the Libby app, you can download this for free through your app store to take the fun with you wherever you go. 

Hey kids, discover new authors and books!

Looking for something new to read or a new author? The new Children's Bookmarks are available in your local library or click on the links below to get started. Happy reading.

For parents

Reading in the park

We’re launching a marketing campaign as part of our commitment to providing a range of programs and resources which help Gold Coast children aged 0–5 years and their parents or carers to develop essential early literacy and language skills.

The message aims to reinforce the value and benefits men bring to children’s language development, when they read with kids, because ‘when men read, it’s a different story!’

We are on a mission to get more dads, grandads, uncles, brothers and family friends spending time reading with kids. Research shows that for a child aged 24 months, 59% of mums read to their kids daily, while only 26% of dads do. Yet research also shows that kids who were read to by their dad at age two, would have better language skills by aged four – and the benefits increase further as they get older!

That’s generally because of the different way that men read to kids. Dads bring their own style to book reading and that’s what makes their reading so impactful. The silly chats about the characters (non-immediate talk), linking to past or present real-life examples (sequencing skills), plus those crazy voices (engagement strategies), not only thrill kids, it also helps improve their cognitive language skill outcomes.

So go on guys, grab a kids book and start reading today!

It's never too early to start reading to your baby

Make your child's first card a library card! Children can become Gold Coast Libraries members from the day they're born, and we encourage you to join them online at the earliest opportunity. Our library resources offer plenty of ways you can build a strong foundation for your child's future development online and at home. Visit your library or our eLibrary for kids to explore our great resources.

Find a time of day when your baby is alert and interested in what's happening around them. Try to look at both them and the book, to see what they're looking at and showing an interest in. Point to the pictures and talk about the things your baby is looking at. Try to use your voice in different ways to make the story time as interesting as possible – loud and soft, happy and sad. If you find books your baby loves, read them over and over.

When and how to read

Try to create a time for reading with your child every day. Storytime can be any time of the day for you at home and it's a wonderful way to create quality one-on-one time for you and your child. It isn't just about reading books word-for-word or page-for-page; it can be a conversation between you and your child about what you both see in the book.

Parent TV

Want reliable advice on a wide range of topics from leading parenting and educational experts? Check out ParentTV, a virtual library of parenting videos and resources from First 5 Forever. Find videos on anything from getting your kids to eat their veggies to promoting their determination and confidence. 

First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government, coordinated by State Library of Queensland and delivered in partnership with local government. It's a program providing strong early literacy foundations for all Queensland children aged 0–5 years. Explore articles, tips and activities to make the most of your child's first five years.

Storytime at home

Storytime at home

If you and your littlies aren't able to attend our storytimes at libraries, join us on our Facebook page for our online storytimes! You can also watch all previous stories on our YouTube channel, anytime!

Story Box Library

We have even more storytimes, on Story Box Library, which you can access free with your library card! Watch celebrated stories read aloud by favourite storytellers, authors, illustrators, sports people and more.

Picture Books

Picture Books are available to download via OverDrive. Books and stories spark your child's imagination, stimulate curiosity and support brain development. Try one of these picture books with your little one. Spend time talking about the pictures on the page rather than just reading the words. It's okay to read slowly, skip pages, talk about the pictures and not finish the book.

We have also put together some special selections of our favourite picture books to read with your little one at home.

Download the Libby app to get started! You can read yourself or choose titles that are read aloud.

School holidays

Summer Reading Club illustration

During the summer school holidays, children experience what researchers refer to as ‘the summer slide’. The result is a loss in children’s learning, ultimately affecting their return to school academic levels.

The Summer Reading Club returns again this year and we encourage the whole family to be part of the adventure! You’re sure to discover new and fun ways to keep your children reading all summer long!


Kids – join the Summer Reading Club!

Your adventure awaits! Pick up your passport now and begin an action-packed summer of discovery.

Draw a treasure map, take part in a scavenger hunt, and read, write and illustrate adventure stories.

Earn your place in the League of Reading Adventurers by completing the challenges. You’ll get a sticker for every challenge you finish, and when you’ve completed all of them, you’ll receive a special reward!

Open to children aged 12 and under. Ask our friendly team for your free passport and start today! The Summer Reading Club runs from 1 December 2022 until 31 Jan 2023.

More school holiday activities

Need more to do these Summer holidays? Check out our other school holiday programs on our What's on page or download our Events Program(PDF, 1MB) .

What's on

Gold Coast Libraries runs a wide range of free programs and events for kids, including school holiday activities.