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We are delighted to have the support of national children’s mental health charity Place2Be.
"Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem. Half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 which is why early identification and intervention to address these problems is important.
We know from our experience that reading with your child in a warm, non-judgemental manner can be an excellent way to open up conversations about emotions, feelings and behaviours and help children to feel less alone.
As a parent it can sometimes be hard to have these conversations but using characters in books, and the situations they experience, can help start a dialogue. Reading together can help you spot worries and anxieties before they are magnified."
More about Time to Read
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 September.
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.
Everything you need to know about the Time to Read programme and campaign to get families reading together.
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- As part of #TimeToRead this year, we commissioned research to highlight the importance of reading for children’s mental health. The results might surprise you... https://t.co/JKkLgJliFT https://t.co/CyIbmqGawp 4 days ago
Helpful tips and features
Try these fun activities
Once you've read 'The Cave', why not make these paper plate paws.
Go outside and have fun exploring your garden, local park or woodland. See how many of ...
Perfect for acting out the 2019 Time to Read story, 'The Cave'.
Time to Read 'The Cave' colouring activity
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