The best back to school resources are at the library!

It’s that time of year when families are starting to think about the new school year.

Thankfully there’s plenty of resources available to ease the transition. Even better, you can find heaps of them for free at the local library! Here are our favourites to kick-start your 2021 school year.

Preppies

Early readers will play a huge part in your child’s first years at school and finding readers that grab their interest is pivotal in making reading fun. The library stocks a huge range of beginner readers from across the globe to aid in literacy development. From Paw Patrol to Disney Princesses, Star Wars to Bluey, there are early readers at all reading levels to tempt every little preppie.

Primary and secondary students

One positive outcome of the COVID lockdown, is that it quickly spurred Sunshine Coast Libraries into vastly growing their online learning resources. The result? Your child’s library card now gives them access to some of the best online resources to help with school. Maths, Science, Languages, The Arts – there’s online activities for every topic and every interest. Don’t forget to bookmark the pages, so they are always at hand anytime you need learning resources throughout the year or if you ever need some educational screen time! Check out: www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Children/Kids/Education and www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/teens/education

Parents

It’s not just the kids that can benefit from dipping into some back-to-school resources. There is a bunch of support for parents too! Get some great lunchbox tips from books such as Lunchbox Express by George Georgievski or The Lunchbox Effect by Belinda Smith.

Find a range of titles by parenting educator guru Steve Biddulph to help with any parenting worries. Be ready to help your kids with homework and projects with free online access to resources such as Britannica Online and World Book Online with your library card. Take advantage of the Help Your Kids DK Guides by Carol Vorderman, with guides on subjects including English, Maths, Music, Coding and Science.

And to make it even easier for Mum and Dad, Sunshine Coast Libraries has launched a new app! Providing families with a one-stop shop, you can now find resources to reserve, access all the eResources from your mobile device or renew items if you can’t get back to the library. You can even link all your families membership cards to keep everyone’s details in one super handy spot. Just search for Sunshine Coast Libraries in the Apple App Store or Google Playstore.

Great books to ease back-to-school nerves

The Battle: Starting School can be Scary Sometimes! 
By Ashling Kwok & Cara King

I Have to Start School Today 
By Simon Philip

I Love School! 
By Tracey Corderoy

School Days 
By Sue deGennaro