Children and families

Here you'll find resources to activate State Library's programs for children and families in your homes and spaces. Discover themed book-lists and art-making resources connected with The Corner programming; tools and suggestions for supporting early literacy through the First 5 Forever program; The Summer Reading Club program to support a love of recreational reading through the summer;  Showcases of creative content made by children and young people during our holiday festivals.

Summer Holiday Fun

Bring the kids and join the fun at State Library this summer. We’ve got free activities the whole family can enjoy, from family movie screenings to stories, songs and hands-on crafts.

Summer Reading Club

Become a reading legend this summer. Complete the online challenges, earn badges and share your creativity — it's free!

First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever is a family literacy initiative delivered by public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to support strong early literacy foundations. It is free for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years. Discover resources and support through the First 5 Forever website to help you build the best foundation for your child's language and literacy development. 

Big Voices: Children's Art Matters

Big Voices is an exhibition of drawings, paintings and linocuts made by children of the Brisbane region in 1997 for the First Australasian Conference on the Rights of the Child, held in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology, now held at State Library of Queensland.  Discover more about the Rights of Children and the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children's Art Archive.


Work by Dolita Delta, aged 6, from Hope Vale. Created as part of the project 'Children's Picture Diaries - Hope Vale'. HV25.

eResources for families

Access video content and digital books for children of all ages to a compatible portable device with your State Library of Queensland membership.

Find out more information from the links below:

Stories for Little Queenslanders

Spark your child's love of reading with our new series of picture books. Exclusive to First 5 Forever. Grab a copy from your local library, download online or listen to the audiobooks.  

Kanopy Kids

A range of film and television series, language learning, animated storybooks and anime favourites for pre-schoolers and up. 

For more eResources for children, check your local public library or check if your library is a member of the Rural Libraries Queensland service for more online options.

Additional eResources for families can also be accessed from the State Library of Queensland.