Getting ready for back to school

It’s almost time for back to school and the Bridgewater Public Library is here to help!  We have a large selection of school themed picture books, some books to help ease your little one’s mind about going to school, school themed chapter books and ideas for school lunches. 


Let's begin with our parenting section, which contains a lot of sensitive topic picture books including books about bullying, friendship, sharing and more.

Here are a couple of new additions to the parenting collection in 2021:  Sometimes it's hard to be nice by Maggie Rudd, I am a kindness hero by Jennifer Adams, Checking in by Emily Arrow


sometimes cover                 kindnesshero cover                    checking in cover



We have also added some new picture books about school to our collection: Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Little Bat in night school by Brian Lies, Sesame Street What if?: Answers to Calm First-Day-Of-School Jitters.


littlebluetruckschool               little bat school cover             sesame street cover


For the older kids, we have Baby Mouse: Tales from the Locker (this is a chapter book series of five books), Spy School (currently eight books in this series) and Middle School by James Patterson (currently 13 books in the series).


baby mouse cover                        spy cover                     middle school cover



There are so many books- these are just a small selection of what you will find at the Bridgewater Public Library.  We are adding new books to our collection each week.  You can also search our online catalog to place holds with your SAILS library card or ask us for suggestions (or check out our back-to-school display!).  


For those looking for some back to school lunch ideas (or work lunch ideas)?  We do have some great kids cookbooks but if you want something now, we recommend the following websites:

Taste of Home: Kid Friendly Lunches

Food Network: Kid Approved Lunches

Easy No Cook Lunch Ideas


Here are some recommended picture books from various websites:

41 back to school read alouds

33 reassuring back to school books

9 books to help get your kids ready for preschool or kindergarten

Back to school picture books for kids

First day school books tackling the first day jitters


We hope you have a good first day of school!