Time to Read

Our Time to Read campaign is back! We’re on a mission to get families reading with their children, even once they’ve reached primary school or can read on their own – because time sharing stories is time well spent.

Not only is shared reading a brilliant way to bond with children and support their learning, it can also hugely benefit their mental health and wellbeing. Reading together provides important one-to-one time, helps develop empathy, and allows parents to explore new situations, emotions and perspectives with their children, even at a very young age.

Read more about the link between shared reading and wellbeing and our new survey findings

To help get more families enjoying books together, we’re giving every reception pupil in England (a whopping 700,000 of them!) a copy of  The Cave by Rob Hodgson. – a fantastically funny book that’s sure to get them hooked on books and kickstart a love of reading.

Everything you need to know if you’re a reception teacher

We are delighted to have the support of national children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

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"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

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 September.

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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