Time to Read

We want to inspire families with reception aged children to make time to read together.

Time to Read 2021

As children start school, life at home can become hectic and it can be hard to balance homework with reading for fun. We know that reading together has a positive impact on children’s imagination, language, and emotional wellbeing. Reading together regularly as a family will also create a fun, safe space for children to express themselves.

Which Is why we’re sending free Time to Read packs with copies of I Am a Tiger to reception classes throughout England and Northern Ireland. Each pack contains top tips for sharing stories as a family, as well as some creative materials to enable children to explore the story beyond the book.

Packs will be arriving at schools from November 2021. We hope that every new school starter will love adventuring with the characters in this story, at school and at home.

You can also bring the I Am a Tiger story to life with the two great videos from the book’s Author Karl Newson and Illustrator Ross Collins.

We have also created some digital resources to help you spread the word about the value of reading together and share your reading ideas and activities to help engage and inspire others.

Explore our digital resources

Top tips for reading with your child

If you’re not feeling confident about reading aloud or sharing books, don’t worry – there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you’d like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you get started.

  • Ask your child to choose what they’d like to read. They’ll feel more interested in the story if they’ve picked it out themselves.
  • Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books can be a great way to talk through your child’s fears and worries, or to help them deal with their emotions. Give them space to talk, and ask how they feel about the situations in the story.
  • Have fun! There’s no right or wrong way to share a story – as long as you and your child are having fun. Don’t be afraid to act out situations or use funny voices… your little ones will love it!

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More from Time to Read

All about the Time to Read book pack

Find out more about this year’s brilliant free Time to Read book pack that Reception classes across England and Northern Ireland will be receiving from November.

Time to Read for teachers

Do you want to encourage reading for fun at your school with Time to Read? Find out more about how to get hold of the book pack and some great ideas to get your class excited about reading.

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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