Time to Read

We want families to keep reading to their child, even once they've reached primary school or can read on their own – because time sharing stories is time well spent. 

Research shows that a child who reads for pleasure will do better at school, even in subjects like maths. Not only that, but if a family read books together, it's a great way to bond, talk about the day, and have a lot of fun!

That's why we're giving a free book to each Reception-aged child in England: look out this autumn for Little Monkey by Marta Altes

Everything you need to know as a practitioner

Join in this September

We'll also encourage every family in the UK to have fun with a story each day during the Time to Read campaign week (17-21 September), and share some special time together!

In this section

All about the Time to Read book pack

You'll go bananas for this year's free book - get ready for the funny and adorable Little Monkey.

Time to Read for teachers and home educators

Let us help you encourage reading for pleasure at your school with the Time to Read programme.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

Ideas and inspiration to find Time to Read

Bookfinder

Find your next book

Use the Bookfinder to find the perfect book for you, your family and friends.

Helpful tips and features

Try these fun activities

Look who took the National Time To Read Challenge in 2017

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Naidya Hussain on why she's making the Time to Read
Alex Jones
Fearne Cotton
Dermot O Leary
Edith Bowman
Lauren Laverne
Jeff Brazier
Mel Giedroyc
Children's Laureate Lauren Child
Nadia Shireen
Micahel Morpurgo
Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Helen Skelton
Naidya Hussain on why she's making the Time to Read

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Alex Jones

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Fearne Cotton

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Dermot O Leary

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Edith Bowman

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Lauren Laverne

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Jeff Brazier

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Mel Giedroyc

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Lauren Child

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Nadia Shireen

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Micahel Morpurgo

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

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Helen Skelton

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