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Are you ready for school?

School stories

We have a wide selection of school stories available in printed format as well as  e-book and e-audio book. During this period all books can be reserved for FREE and collected at Bracknell, Binfield, Crowthorne or Great Hollands Library. Please see our website for further details.



School stories for younger children:

  • Little Witch Goes to School - by Deborah Hautzig
  • There's a Snake in My School - by David Walliams
  • Dog at School - by Katie Dale

School stories for older children:

  • Trouble at School - by Chris Higgins
  • Middle School Mayhem - by Rachel Renèe Russell
  • The True Pixie Goes to School - by Matt Haig
  • School According to Humpfrey - by Betty G. Birney

Also, David Walliams' The World's Worst Teachers is available in hardback, audio book and as e-audio book and we have Tom Gates' stories and James Patterson's novels on e-book or e-audio format, among the others. Ask a member of staff for more book suggestions to prepare children for starting school.

Please note: In order to limit the handling of stock, we are temporarily unable to process requests for children’s picture book and board books.  However, you can reserve books for older children using our Select and Collect service. Our younger readers can pick up a Lucky Dip pack, five books chosen by staff for under 4 year olds. 

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Preparation tools for returning to school

Starting a new school is a huge step for children and their families. Even returning to school after lockdown can seem daunting for many. Here are a few tips to help you: 

  • Stay calm. If you are calm your child is more likely to be calm too.
  • Stay positive and enthusiastic. Focus on the good, such as the opportunity to meet up with friends that your child hasn't seen for a while.
  • Listen to your child and encourage them to ask questions. The more they can talk about what scares them and the more information they get, the quicker and easier they will settle.
  • Be prepared. Make sure your child has the clothing and equipment needed for the new school year. Is your child aware of any new changes and procedures? Contact the school for up-to-date information.
  • Take any induction opportunity offered, like taster sessions or chat with the teachers. Even a phone call or a video chat where your child is involved can be helpful to get them more at ease with the challenges ahead.
  • For younger children try the school run in advance. It will allow both you and your children to be familiar with the journey, to assess travel time and to get to know school buildings and the surroundings.
  • For children who are starting school in September - reading books about school or watching cartoons and films set in schools can prove very useful - for example many School of Roars and Topsy and Tim episodes are available on BBC iPlayer. More resources can be found online (see below). 

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020


Meet the Silly Squad

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 celebrates funny books, happiness and laughter and this year it features the Silly Squad, a team of animal friends who love good adventures and get stuck into all kinds of funny books. 

The scheme is open till the end of September, so there is still time to join here.

The library can provide your children with lots of funny books and other stories. Discover what is on offer:

Lucky Dip Packs are available for children 0-4 years. Pick up a pre-selected pack of picture books or board books for young children and babies.

Silly Squad Activity Packs can be purchased for £1.50 per pack at Bracknell Library. Packs include craft activities, colouring pictures and word searches. 

Silly Squad Book Pack. There is still time to order your reading pack till the end of August. Please contact Bracknell Library for details.

Resources for starting school for the first time

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Games, checklists and certificates to help you child feel more confident about starting school

There are many website and platforms which can provide information and resources about the new adventure your child is about to embark upon. Some of our favourites are:

Oxford Owl - The famous children's books publisher offers a readiness for school checklist, a guide and a certificate to print.

Pacey - Here you can find lots of different resources, fact sheets and videos from the UK Professional Association for Childcare and the Early Years.

BBC - Bitesize - A super colourful and easy video game about what children can expect on their first day at big school, form the BBC website.

BBC - Bitesize - A great platform with lots of video and podcasts, usually quite short, not just to inform you about school readiness but also to help you cope with staring school during the pandemic.

The School Run - Head to this website to find some ideas of games to play to get children ready for school. They are useful to work on important skills, like fine motor skills.

Listen up! Audio books on the go

BorrowBox promotion of audiobooks for improving children's literacy

Are you going away for the Bank Holiday Weekend? Why not borrow an audio book for the journey?

Audio books aren’t just a great way to entertain the kids on long journeys. Research now shows they can boost children’s language learning and literacy. Listening to audio books increases reading accuracy by 52%.

Coax reluctant readers with our wide range of titles available in e-audio books from our BorrowBox and RBdigital collections. Download the apps to your phone or tablet.

Alternatively, all our opened libraries have audio books on CD available for loan.

More information about our e-audio books.


RBdigital comics

Dungeons and Dragons comic books from RBdigital

Don't forget you can also check out a range of comicbooks for children, teenagers and adults from RBdigital.

You can check out as many as you like and it's completely free!

Download the app and sign up using your library card number to start reading. 

Masks are now compulsory in all libraries

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New government regulations

Wearing a mask is now compulsory when entering a library building. Please bring your mask with you if you intend to visit one of our branches.

We will also ask you to sanitise your hands upon entering a library building. Hand sanitiser is provided in all of our banches.

What to read next?

Some of our brand new e-books and e-audio books

Look for the "new releases" and "new to the library" e-books and e-audio books on our BorrowBox and RBdigital apps (or website). If you need any assistance on installing the apps, transferring books from your PCs to other devices or have any query about online reading materials, simply send an email to Bracknell Library. 

New e-books on BorrowBox

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New e-audio books on RBdigital

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A reminder about e-magazines available on PressReader

Emagazines available on PressReader, formerly on RBdigital

Access to RBdigital magazines ended on 1st August

The good news is that most of the magazines loved by our customers and a much larger range of  magazines and newspapers are available using PressReader.  

If you've not yet tried PressReader, download the PressReader app to your phone or tablet or go to on a computer and login with your library card number. Using the app you can download and read titles offline and check the box for next issues to automatically download. You need to sign in again every 60 days.

Check our PressReader user guide for more information.

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