Auckland Libraries: Talk, read and sing with Auckland Council Libraries

Talk, read and sing with Auckland Council Libraries

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When you talk, read and sing with your tamariki, you’re helping to fill their brain with important reading, math and social skills.

The more words and conversations you share together, the better prepared they will be to learn.


Download our Talk, Read, Sing resources


Keep an eye on this page for monthly themed resources and tips to download and use or pick them up from your local library on your next visit!


New for November:

Tips for whānau with pēpi and toddlers


Kōrero | Talk

Talking with young tamariki is a brain-building activity. Every time you talk to a pēpi, new connections are being made in their brain.


The more you engage, the more they learn to understand and use new words and concepts.


Try commenting on what they are looking at. Doing this gives them words and sentences that match their interest at that moment.


“The bird is flying. Can you see the wings fluttering?”


Pānui | Read

Reading to young tamariki helps build their language and early literacy skills and helps them get ready for school.

For pēpi and toddlers, the most important part of reading is interacting while you’re reading.

You can talk about the pictures in the book, make fun comments, ask questions and connect the story to their life.


“That dog has fluffy white fur! Do you think it feels like grandad’s beard?”


Waiata | Sing


Young tamariki love music! It nourishes their brains and is a great way to connect to language, culture and identity.

Encourage your tamariki to act out the meaning of songs. You could wiggle your fingers in the air and sing along with ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Tīrama Tīrama Ngā Whetu)’ or clap your hands and sing ‘If you’re happy and you know it’.

Once you teach them some actions, your tamariki could try creating their own!


About Talk Read Sing


‘Talk Read Sing’ is part of the Too Small to Fail campaign originally created in the United States of America.

Auckland Council Libraries have adapted this programme for children and whānau in Tāmaki-Makaurau in partnership with Talking Matters. 

Contact our Literacy Specialists by email or call our Library Connect team to learn more about this initiative.



Auckland Libraries:Talk, read and sing with Auckland Council Libraries