Refugee Support for Children

Refugee Support for Children

Find out about the services available for children, including the Bear Us In Mind project, online resources and foreign language books and audiobooks.

Library Services for Children

We have lots of library services for children and younger people including:

Rhyme Time


Toy Libraries

Books to support children with new experiences, such as moving to a new country.

You can download this simple picture leaflet which shows our Library Services for Children [PDF, 2.5MB]

BookTrust have translated their reading guides for families into Ukrainian:
Reading with your child 0 - 12 months
Reading with your child 3 - 4 years


You can download the Libby App to borrow up to 20 ebooks or audiobooks at a time, available for free with your library card.

This includes a collection of children's ebooks in Ukrainian which have recently been made available on the Libby home page.

There's also the Ukrainian Unlimited Learning app on Android and iOS, which includes 3000 eBooks and audiobooks, including 1,700 Ukrainian titles and 500 in English, both for children and adults.

Bear Us In Mind

Bear Us In Mind supports Ukrainian children with a toolkit including teddies, stones and sunflower seeds, plus a set of resource sheets to work through with an adult.

The toolkits are designed to support the wellbeing of the child, especially in regards to separation, loss and bereavement.

Email us or ask at the library if you know a child who would benefit from a free toolkit.

Online Resources for Children and Young People

LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents there are articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about English courses for your child.

Learning Time with Timmy is designed for children aged 2-6 learning English as an additional language, as well as very young native English speakers. You can subscribe to the channel to watch five-minute episodes and songs aimed at making learning fun.  

BBC Learning English: Stories for Children is a series of animated short stories to help children learn English with their parents. Each story has a downloadable transcript and activities pack to help children explore and use the language.

Cambridge English has activities to help children practise reading and writing, listening or speaking.

More help and information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

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