For the latest recommended books, themed booklists, tips and guidance from teachers and expert practitioners on how to develop a culture of reading in schools.
The Great Books Guide is published annually and features recommendations of 100 newly published books that would be a welcome addition to any classroom or school library.
Sign up for our virtual author events which bring diverse and representative authors and illustrators into the classroom. You can stream live or play back at a convenient time for you.
Find reading recommendations, tips and guidance from children's book experts including authors, teachers, librarians and more, with new content being added all the time.
Get all the information and resources you need to support your work with our Early Years offer - Bookstart Toddler, Bookstart Pre-schooler, and BookTrust Storytime.
Have fun with books with story time videos, drawalongs from top illustrators, free activity sheets to download and print, quizzes based on books and competitions to win prizes for your classroom.
Your Time to Read questions answered
Through our new strategy we've been investing in and prioritising support for low income families because we know these children have more to gain from developing a regular reading habit that can transform their life chances. This includes working with our partners and investing in offering families multiple opportunities to engage with reading during their children's early years.
Our approach is to continuously review and evolve the support we provide to children and families and we use growing research and evidence to determine how our investment in reading support and resources can deliver the best outcomes for children on their reading journeys whilst offering value for money.
We have had to make some difficult decisions in the context of our increased investment in our early years reading programmes at a time of rising costs and that means we will no longer be able to offer Time to Read packs to children or schools in England anymore.
We will take time to consider how we can best support children, particularly those from low-income families, to continue to develop their reading habits during their school years.
If you still have Time to Read packs featuring We're Going to Find the Monster please continue to share these packs and use the accompanying digital resources. We will no longer be offering new Time to Read packs in England from now on.
We will not be replacing Time to Read packs directly. We will take time to consider how we can best support children, particularly those from low-income families, to continue to develop their reading habits during their school years.
This work has already started and we will be working in collaboration with and engaging with schools, teachers and expert practitioners to explore this.
We will take time to consider how we can best support children, particularly those from low-income families, as they begin their school journey. By engaging with schools on the shape of our support, we will ensure what we offer both supports teachers and schools and contributes to the development of strong reading habits in children.
This work has already started but until it has progressed further we cannot put a firm timeline on any new activity.
- For the latest recommended books, themed booklists, tips and guidance from teachers and expert practitioners on how to develop a culture of reading in schools, check out our Books and Reading section
- The Great Books Guide features 100 newly published books that would be a welcome addition to any classroom or school library - take a look here
- Sign up for our BookTrust Represents virtual author events which bring diverse and representative authors and illustrators into the classroom. You can stream live or play back at a convenient time. Find out more here.
- Check out our Features, which include reading recommendations, top tips and guidance from authors, teachers, librarians and other children's book experts
- Try out Poetry Prompts, the flagship project from Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho, designed to get young children excited about writing poetry with a video series and accompanying resources
- Find story time videos, drawalongs, free activity sheets and more on BookTrust HomeTime here.
Time to Read is funded by different sources in England and Northern Ireland. Discussions are underway about its potential continuation in Northern Ireland.
The best way to keep up to date with all our latest news, developments, resources and guidance available is to sign up for our primary school newsletter - you can do that here.
We are very sorry that we have had to take the difficult decision to stop Time to Read and we know many people will be disappointed.
BookTrust is a charity with limited funds and we have to make difficult decisions about the support we provide and take every step we can to deliver maximum impact for children through our programmes and resources.
If you would like to give us feedback, you can view BookTrust's comments, compliments and complaints policy here.