Time to Read
Every four-year-old in England will get a free book to enjoy and share through our Time to Read (formerly Booktime) initiative.
Thirty per cent of children in this country grow up in homes without a single book. Time to Read will make sure that every Reception pupil in England has their own book to treasure and share with their family at home.
We'll send these books to schools between early September and the end of October. Children should then take the unopened pack home, as there is an important message inside for parents and carers.
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Make time to read at school
Children who read with their families at home do better at school - and the importance of sharing stories doesn't stop in the early years. You can help celebrate reading with children in classes across your school.
This autumn, during Children's Book Week (31 October to 6 November 2016), we will send schools all the tools and advice - from downloadable resources to our Best Book Guide - to inspire and guide a reading for pleasure culture.
We'll also run events up and down the country to engage teachers and children.
Children's Book Week is an annual celebration of reading for pleasure. We provide resources, activity ideas, book recommendations and more to help you celebrate reading for pleasure in your school.
Reading With Your Child
Sharing a book with a child is fun. It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together.
The Reading with your Child booklet for parents can be read here in English and in translation to 26 other languages. Just use the drop-down search options below to find the right version for you...
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