Time to Read for teachers or home educators

Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better in all subjects, even maths. Shared reading is also hugely important for children's personal development and wellbeing. Time to Read can help you demonstrate the importance of reading for pleasure at YOUR school.

Rob and Kids

We want to get families reading together with their children, even once a child has begun to read on their own. To help them do this we are giving every Reception pupil in England a copy of The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore – it's a fantastically funny story that every family is sure to have fun reading!

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

On the teacher’s letter that can be found on this page, 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.

  • Get more packs for schools 

    If you’re short of a pack or two when you receive your delivery in September, you can request more packs here.
  • Order packs for home educators - OPENING SOON

    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 - OPENING SOON

    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. 
  • Any issues, contact timetoread@booktrust.org.uk 

Time to Read for families: what you need to know

Download the Teacher Letter for England

Download the Teacher Letter for Northern Ireland