Got a spare afternoon? Your child would love a trip to the library. There are loads of books that they’ll want to look at – and they’re free to borrow. We’re sure you wouldn’t mind a bit of quiet time too…

  • Choose a book
  • Get a library card
  • Talk about a book

Take out some books

How to: Choose some books for chill-out time together. If you’re not sure what to look for, ask the librarian or check out our book lists for some great recommendations from Scottish Book Trust.

Fill out the membership form together

How to: Visit your local library – or apply online – to get your child a free library card. Have your child help you fill out the form with their name, age and address details.

Talk about a book and its characters

How to: Take it in turns to read a short story to each other. When you’ve finished, talk about what happened in the book and ask your child questions like ‘Who was your favourite character?’ and ‘Which part was the most exciting?’

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips


Talk about how long everyday events take (e.g. cooking times, journey times)


Let your child talk about the pictures as you are reading


Involve your child in everyday chores (e.g. sorting laundry or setting the table)