Time to Read

Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better in all subjects, even maths. So why not let us help you encourage reading for pleasure at your school with Time to Read?

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 their 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: From this autumn, 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.
  • Sign up as a teacher contact: Get all the latest updates about Time To Read by signing up as a named contact

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

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

Last year's free book: Kitchen Disco

Kitchen Disco

Clare Foges Illustrated by Al Murphy

Did you know when you go to sleep all the fruit in the bowl comes to life and has a fun-filled, night long party?

Read more about Kitchen Disco

Have a look around

Our programmes

Find out about our programmes

Learn more about our range of projects and campaigns, designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy reading and writing.

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.