Winter Mini Challenge

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Winter reading challenge

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Bracknell Forest libraries

Winter Mini Challenge

Monday 2 December 2019 - Monday 13 January 2020.

With the weather getting cooler, what better time to stay indoors and read a book?

This year, our young readers can join in the Winter Reading Mini Challenge. It's a smaller version of the Summer Challenge, with a virtual badge to unlock, a certificate to be awarded with and lots of activities and books to enjoy!

The challenge has been inspired by Pugs of the Frozen North, a frosty adventure which features lots of pugs, written by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Dogs and snow, is there any better combination for your winter reading?

The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Monday 2 December 2019 and finishes on Monday 13 January 2020.

Please visit our website for more information

Winter Reading Challenge- story time


Bracknell Library- Saturday 30th November

To launch the challenge Bracknell Library is running a free storytime with crafts on Saturday 30 November.

The storytime is best suited for 3-7 years old, but everyone is welcome. Parents will need to stay with their children all the time.

When: Saturday 30 November, 10:30am to 11:15am

Cost: FREE

Please book your place

Danny and the Dream Dog


Story time for dog lovers

Local author Fiona Barker will be supporting the Winter Reading Challenge by leading interactive story times throughout Bracknell Forest. Take part in dog themed story times, crafts and singing. Suitable for 3 to 7 years.

  • Wednesday 4th December, 3:30pm- Crowthorne Library
  • Thursday 5th December, 10:30am at Birch Hill Library
  • Thursday 5th December, 3:30pm at Sandhurst Library
  • Friday 6th December, 3:00pm at Whitegrove Library

Book your place at the individual library

Dog books


Unsure what to read this winter? 

For school-age children, we recommend:

  • Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve
  • Christmas Chaos for the Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong
  • One Dog and his Boy by Eva Ibbotson
  • Rover by Michael Rosen
  • The Dog that Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies
  • I Want a Dog by Ben Hubbard

For pre-schoolers, try these: 

  • Danny and the Dream Dog by Fiona Barker
  • Smudger the Dog Saves Christmas by Lissa Evans
  • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
  • This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
  • 100 Dogs by Michael Whaite
  • How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Or check out the Reading Agency book sorter

Fairy Tales...from not so far away.

Fairy Tale

Meet Little Red Riding Hood and her friends at your local library for a theatre performance by Creative Eye.

  • Birch Hill Library - Little Red Riding Hood - Saturday 7th December, 11:00-11.30am
  • Harmans Water Library - Snow White - Saturday 14th December, 11:00-11.30am
  • Great Hollands Library - Robin Hood - Friday 20th December, 11:00-11:30am
  • Whitegrove Library - Cinderella - Friday 27th December, 11:00-11:30am
  • Binfield Library - Sleeping Beauty - Saturday 18th January, 11:00-11:30am
  • Sandhurst Library - Peter Pan - Saturday 4th January, 11:00-11:30am
  • Bracknell Library - Alice in Wonderland - Saturday 21st December, 11:00-11:30am
  • Ascot Heath Library - Beauty and the Beast - Saturday 11th January, 11:00-11:30am
  • Crowthorne Library - Gruffalo - Saturday 28th Dec, 11:00-11:30am

£3 per child- Price includes photo opportunity after with the stars of the show!

Please book your place on Eventbrite or, if places are available, you can pay cash on the day of the event.

Read the winning stories of the Space Chase story writing competition

Well done to the winners of this summer's children's story writing competition!

The winning stories are published on BorrowBox as e-books to read on your phone or tablet using the BorrowBox app or login via the BorrowBox website

The Moon Night

1st place: Melissa - The Moon Night

2nd place: Avneesh - The Day I Went to Moon

3rd place: Imogen - The Space Adventure

Listen to Philip Pullman's Book of Dust adventure stories on RBdigital

Book of Dust

If you enjoyed Philip Pullman's series of books His Dark Materials you can also visit the world of His Dark Materials by listening to Pulman's Book of Dust series. The e-audiobooks are read by Michael Sheen. Install the RBdigital app on your device or download to a computer RBdigital website and transfer to an MP3 player.


Checkout Book of Dust on RBdigital

New e-book on BorrowBox

The Fowl Twins book cover

Criminal genius runs in the family...

Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day – just like his older brother, Artemis Fowl. A week after their eleventh birthday the twins befriend a troll on the run from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun both of whom need the magical creature for their own gain...Prepare for an epic adventure from this new series by Eoin Colfer.

Checkout today with the BorrowBox app on your phone or tablet. More about BorrowBox.


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