Time to Read

There’s no present like time

We want you to read more with your child. And not just the younger children – but the older ones, too.
Why? Because brilliant things happen when families read together.


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Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better at school, even in subjects like maths. 


Not only that, but you will also benefit from an incredibly bonding experience – forming precious family memories, long after the book is put down.


So could you find just ten minutes a day to share a story with your child?


Get involved

  • Discover loads of tips and reading suggestions through our booklists and other Time to Read news and blogs
  • Read some of the speech from Michael Morpurgo at the inaugural BookTrust Annual Lecture
  • Look out for a fun, free book for every Reception-age child in England – Kitchen Disco
  • Chat to us on Facebook and Twitter about #TimeToRead: why reading to your children is important and pleasurable, which books you're reading together right now, and how you're fitting it around a busy routine of work, school, housework and homework
  • In Wales, find out how you can support young children through Bookstart and children in Reception through Pori Drwy Stori


If you're a school, read how we can support you to cheer on Time to Read (formerly Booktime) including ordering more packs



Here's why our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, is making #TimeToRead:

My father inspired me, at a very early age, to love books. He read to us every night and transported us into a magical, fantasy world.

As a result, I wanted to pass on that passion to my own children – and to my grandchildren.

Making time to read with our children is such a wonderful way of ensuring they enjoy reading themselves; opening up so many more opportunities for their all-important futures.

Twitter - #TimeToRead