Libraries for 5 to 12 year olds
Joining the library
It's free to join the library and to borrow books and audio books!
There are a selection of great card designs to choose from, so you can find a card which is just right for you. You can use your library card in all Surrey libraries and borrow up to 20 items.
Ask a parent or guardian to come to the library with an official document which has your family name and address on.
Discovering Children's Books with British Library
Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books, a free online resource for children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages. The site explores the history and rich variety of children's literature, drawing on inspiring material from medieval fables to contemporary picture books.
Reading Well for Children
Reading Well for Children is the new, expert endorsed, booklist from the Reading Agency.
Designed to support children's mental health and wellbeing, the list is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels.
The list covers general information and advice on the following:
- maintaining good mental health and wellbeing,
- managing feelings and worries,
- navigating the world around you, including at school and online,
- dealing with bereavement and trauma,
- Support for living well with conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Titles can be found in most of our libraries or they can be requested online and sent to your local library.
Summer Reading Challenge
Join in the fun of the annual Summer Reading Challenge – there are incentives and rewards to collect as you visit the library and read six books over the summer. Even better, it's free to take part.
Children's Book Award
The Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award takes place every year, and celebrates the best fiction for seven to nine year olds.
Our Chatterbooks reading groups are a chance for children aged 7–11 to have fun sharing books they enjoy and taking part in games and activities.
ULibrary Bookworms Book Club
Bookworms Book Club is ULibrary's dedicated book club for younger listeners. Bookworms allows children to enjoy the same audiobook at the same time and discuss it with Bookworms members around the world. If you are not already a ULibrary member, you will first need to register for a ULibrary login.
Youngsters who experience difficulties in reading often find listening to a story whilst following the text makes it easier to identify and remember troublesome words. Our Read Hear collection has been specifically designed to help children who need extra encouragement.
Are you or your family facing a new or challenging situation? We all experience times in our lives when we need some information and guidance. Please see our Life matters - how libraries can help, webpage, for hep and advice. Our reading lists also cover a wide range of topics.
Group visits to the library
Libraries welcome visits from school classes, Brownie & Cub packs, etc. Please contact your local library for further information.