Time to Read for teachers or home educators

At BookTrust we know that reading has so many benefits for children. It can help them deal with new and challenging situations. That's why we're sending out Time to Read packs to every Reception child in England and every Primary One child in Northern Ireland from this September, to help them settle into school a little easier.

Rob and Kids

Together, we can get families reading together with their children. To help them do this we are giving every Reception pupil in England and every Primary One pupil in Northern Ireland a copy of The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore – it's a fantastically funny story that is sure to spark every child's imagination!

From September 2020, your school will receive a delivery of books to give out to your Reception or Primary One class.

On the Teacher Letter that can be found on this page and inside your delivery boxes, you'll find lots of ideas to help you theme a lesson or activity around this year's Time to Read book, and get your class excited about reading with their family at home.

Thank you for taking part in Time to Read.

  • Get more packs for schools - NOW CLOSED

    If any school has received their allocation of Time to Read packs and has discovered a need for extra packs, please order via the link below.

  • Order packs for home educators - NOW CLOSED

    Home educators can order packs for 4-5 year olds who would be in Reception, were they attending school. 
  • Order packs for hard to reach children - NOW CLOSED

    We also try to reach families of Reception-aged children where the child may not receive their pack through school. This could include: looked after children, children in hospital, or Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families.

Download the Teacher Letter for England

Download the Teacher Letter for Northern Ireland

Time to Read for families: what you need to know