Information for parents

We have a range of books, magazines and online resources to help you as a parent.

Books

Colour-coded children's books

The libraries have a range of books for children.

We have colour coded some of our children's books to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for as your child grows up.

Orange stripes: These are easy information picturebooks suitable for young children. Subject areas include:counting and alphabet, shapes, colours and art, animals, transport, places people live, all about people, festivals and food, space, maths, technology and environment

Green stripes: These are books that are suitable for children who are learning to read. There are a number of different series providing opportunities for exposure to lots of words.

Red stripes: These are longer stories that introduce children to a number of different topics. You can also find puzzle and joke books in this collection.

Purple stripes: These are for children about family issues including ageing, autism spectrum, bereavement, divorce, feelings, going to school, health issues, a new baby, toilet training and values.

Yellow stripes: Items in this collection are predominantly for parents of babies and toddlers. Topics covered by the collection include breastfeeding, nutrition and cooking, sleep, toilet training and general parenting of babies and toddlers. The collection can be found in the children's area of the library and is identified by a yellow stripe.

Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge booklists have been developed by a reference group of experienced teacher librarians and experts in children's literature.

The Challenge booklists include high quality children's and young adult literature as well as books which engage students and get them excited about reading. These books all have stickers showing the recommended grades from year 2 to 10.

The lists are available to consult in the library or visit Premiers' Reading Challenge on the Victorian Department of Education and Training website.

Magazines

You can borrow Practical parenting magazine and Mother and Baby magazine from the library.

Also check out Zinio for a range of magazines that you can download for free from the library website.

There are also a range of magazines available for children to borrow and read in the library.

Online resources

Magpies

Magpies is a subject guide to children's fiction, poetry and short stories from around the world with an emphasis on Australian books. You can only search Magpies at the internet computers at any Moreland library.

Cybersmart

The government's Cybersmart website has all that parents need to know about cybersafety for kids, including games and activities.

Inside a dog

Inside a dog is a place for teen readers to find great reads, share reviews, discuss books and gain insight into authors' thoughts.