Little Steps

Little Steps is our free reading and play scheme in Lancashire libraries. We recommended for children 2 to 5 years. Our friendly animal characters who will help you learn about new topics with recommended reading and exciting activities.

Little Steps cards

  • Find your voice with Pedro the parrot.
  • Discover new emotions with Theo the tiger.
  • Make new friends with Elsie the elephant.
  • Find out about families with Kody the koala.
  • Learn about growing up with Freya the frog.
  • Boost self-esteem with Sami the snake.

For every character there will be books to read, activities to try out, and stickers to earn. Little Steps launched across all Lancashire libraries on Thursday 2 March 2023.

On sign-up you will receive a Little Steps book bag, a card featuring tips for helping your child start school, as well as your first character card featuring recommended books to read and activities to try out at home.

Completing books and activities earns stickers for your child to put on their character card – once you've completed with one character you're ready to start a new one!

There are six different characters to choose from at the start, with eight new characters planned to be released each year.

Why not sign up at a library Storytime session?

All of the books and activities can be done at home but each library is also running regular Little Steps sessions featuring stories, activities and games, helping children to progress with the scheme and aid their development.

Find a Little Steps event

Information for parents and carers

Little Steps has been created to improve children's communication, support mental health and well-being, and get active.

The Little Steps recommended reading has been chosen by Lancashire library staff, speech and language experts, and health practitioners to help children develop new skills. To complete a character, you and your child can also choose to read any book you want. It can be a book from home, the library, or an eBook or eAudiobook.

We hope your children will choose books that they will enjoy. Books that are appropriate to the reading level of your child are best.

Help us in encouraging your children to flourish through reading and play with Little Steps.