This programme is no longer running.

Booktime launched in 2005, was a national programme promoting reading for pleasure and encouraging families to read together at an important transition stage in children's learning and development.

The programme provided a free book pack to every Reception-aged child in England and Wales (aged 4-5 years), with guidance for parents and carers on shared reading.  Each year more than 700,000 children aged 4-5 in England and Wales received a free Booktime book pack to keep. Every pack contained two free books, along with additional copies for teachers and librarians, aiming to inspire a lifelong love of reading by encouraging families to have fun reading together.

Children with Booktime packs

In 2013 Booktime celebrated giving it's 10 millionth book

The BookTime programme was replaced in 2016 by Time to Read

Find evaluation reports for Booktime

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