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 in November. We hope that every new school starter will love adventuring with the characters in this story, at school and at home.

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 November.

Time to Read for teachers

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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Fun at home

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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.