Time to Read

Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better in all subjects, even maths. Let us help you encourage reading for pleasure at your school with our Time to Read programme.

Free book for every Reception child in England

This year, every Reception pupil in England will get a the funny and colourful The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen (Random House) to enjoy and share at home. These will be delivered via primary schools.   

  • Get more packs for schools: 

    From this autumn, primary schools who don't receive enough packs for all their Reception students can order more from us directly. The extra packs should be delivered within two weeks of placing an order.

  • Order packs for home educators

    Home educators can order packs by filling out an online order form for 4-5 year olds who would be in Reception, were they attending school.

  • Any issues, contact timetoread@booktrust.org.uk

Pupils of every age can also benefit from our blogs, recommended reads and school resources below. 

Are you a family? Here's how to get involved with Time to Read

Free book 2017: The Bumblebear

The Bumblebear

Author: Nadia Shireen

Norman the bear loves honey, so he thinks up an ingenious plan to get his paws on as much as he can eat - by enrolling at Bee School! An endearing tale about friendship and loyalty.

Read more about The Bumblebear

Time to Read teacher resources

Event posters to download

Have a look around

Start the Story

Start the Story for primary schools

Join BookTrust for a free afternoon event exploring how to engage your primary students, their families and the wider school community with reading for pleasure.

Waterstones Children's Laureate

Lauren Child

Find out everything that's going on with the tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child, as she takes on the job from 2017-2019.

Time to Read for families

There's no present like time

Let's read more with children because brilliant things happen when families find Time to Read. Every four-year-old in England will get a free book to enjoy and share this September, with Time to Read.