Time to Read

Our Time to Read campaign is back in 2020! We’re on a mission to get families reading together. There are so many different ways children can benefit from reading, and there is no right or wrong way to do it!

Time to Read 2020 Pack

From September this year, we're planning on sending out book packs to every Reception child in England and every Primary One child in Northern Ireland. Each pack includes a free copy of The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore, published by Simon and Schuster, alongside some top tips for reading together.

We hope these packs will spark every child’s imagination, improve language and listening as well as encouraging the development of more practical skills such as making new friends and dealing with change. Reading together regularly as a family will also create a safe space for children to express themselves, something that children might be especially in need of following the coronavirus outbreak.

We’re aiming to distribute these packs via schools and libraries, helping connect a whole community by sharing stories throughout the autumn term. We hope that new school starters will enjoy adventuring with The Runaway Pea at home, at school and in community spaces.

We’ll also be hosting daily reading sessions from 19-25 October! Check back here closer to the time for more information, book recommendations and lots of top tips for getting the most out of your packs.

Please note that due to the current situation some of our timings may change.


If any school has received their allocation of Time to Read packs and has discovered a need for extra packs, please order via the button below.

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