WE recently asked readers to snap those adorable 'first day/back to school' pics for a special collection to mark Reading's youngsters returning to normality after months at home.

Parents from across the town have sent in some very sweet pictures of their children starting or returning to school during a very strange time for the world.

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Say hello to some of Reading's newest students!

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This is Amy, waving goodbye to her toy buddies as she leaves for school. We hope she's had a great week!

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Here's Alyssa looking smart in her uniform as she starts Year 5 of Manor Primary School.

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This special moment was captured by one mum, as her son Mason began his first day back at school in six months. Mason enjoyed seeing his friends again and getting back into a routine.

He and his mum were a bit lost being without one another, so decided to draw love hearts on their wrists to look at when they felt sad.

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Here's Izabela all ready for a new start as she returned to Ridgeway Primary to start Year One.

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Amy posted this adorable image of her two children eager to go back.

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Meet smiling Robbie, excited for his first day back to start Year Two.

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First day time! Here is Caden looking smart for his first day at Denefield School.

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And last but not least, here's Natalia looking very cool as she starts her first day at Bulmershe!

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We hope all of these children, and all rest around Reading, enjoyed their first week back at school!