Time to Read

We’re on a mission to get families reading together. There are so many different ways children can benefit from reading, and there is no right or wrong way to do it!

Time to Read 2020 Pack

Each year we send out book packs to every Reception child in England and every Primary One child in Northern Ireland. In 2020 each pack includes a free copy of The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore, published by Simon and Schuster, alongside some top tips for reading together.

We hope these packs will spark every child’s imagination, improve language and listening as well as encouraging the development of more practical skills such as making new friends and dealing with change. Reading together regularly as a family will also create a safe space for children to express themselves, something that children might be especially in need of following the coronavirus outbreak.

We aim to distribute these packs via schools and libraries, helping connect a whole community by sharing stories throughout the autumn term. We hope that new school starters enjoyed adventuring with The Runaway Pea at home, at school and in community spaces.

You can read along with The Runaway Pea and other fantastic picture books below.

Loved The Runaway Pea? Get top tips about what to read next


Check out all the videos from our Time to Read stories week


On Monday we kicked things off with a reading from Kjartan Poskitt the author of this year’s Time to Read book The Runaway Pea!


On Tuesday we held a draw along with Alex Willmore the illustrator of this year’s Time to Read book The Runaway Pea!


We danced in to Wednesday with an amazing musical reading of 1,2,3, Do the Dinosaur with Michelle Robinson.


We had a hilarious Thursday with this side splitting reading of Egg with Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra.


We got inspired on Friday with a hairtastic reading of My Hair with Hannah Lee.


We learned How to be a Lion on Saturday with Ed Vere.


We had an adventurous Sunday with Oof Makes an Ouch from Duncan Beedie.

More from 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 the Autumn term.

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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Fun at home

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Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

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Search for activities about books for you and your child to enjoy together.