Time to Read

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 2021

Each year we send out book packs to every reception child in England and every primary one child in Northern Ireland. In 2021 each pack includes a free copy of I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson and Ross Collins, published by Pan Macmillan, 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 can be part of school day routines, it will also create a safe space for children to express themselves and is a great way to bond as a family.

We aim to distribute these packs via schools throughout the autumn term. We hope that every new school starter will love adventuring with the characters in this story, at school and at home.

Too excited to wait for your 2021 Time to Read pack? Read along with The Runaway Pea and other fantastic stories below.

Check out all the videos from our Time to Read stories week

Monday

On Monday we kicked things off with a reading from Kjartan Poskitt the author of this year’s Time to Read book The Runaway Pea!

Tuesday

On Tuesday we held a draw along with Alex Willmore the illustrator of this year’s Time to Read book The Runaway Pea!

Wednesday

We danced in to Wednesday with an amazing musical reading of 1,2,3, Do the Dinosaur with Michelle Robinson.

Thursday

We had a hilarious Thursday with this side splitting reading of Egg with Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra.

Friday

We got inspired on Friday with a hairtastic reading of My Hair with Hannah Lee.

Saturday

We learned How to be a Lion on Saturday with Ed Vere.

Sunday

We had an adventurous Sunday with Oof Makes an Ouch from Duncan Beedie.

More from Time to Read

All about the Time to Read book pack

You’re in for a surprise with this year’s brilliant Time to Read book. Reception children across England will be getting their free copy from the Autumn term.

Time to Read for teachers and home educators

Ideas for encouraging reading for pleasure at your school or library with Time to Read: from fun classroom activities to how to get hold of the book pack.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Everything you need to know about the Time to Read programme and campaign to get families reading together.

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Reading tips and ideas

Tips for reading with your child

Our guide to having fun and reading with children of any age.

Fun at home

BookTrust Hometime

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

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Browse and find some fun

Search for activities about books for you and your child to enjoy together.