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. We can help you encourage reading for pleasure at YOUR school with our Time to Read programme.

Free book for every Reception child in England: The Cave by Rob Hodgson

The Cave

Illustration © Rob Hodgson 2017

From September 2019, every Reception pupil in England will receive The Cave by Rob Hodgson (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) to enjoy and share at home. 

Keep an eye on this page for lots of great resources and ideas to help you theme a lesson or activity around the story and get your class excited about their new books. We'll also be sharing advice on how you can use the packs to encourage parents and carers to make time to read 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 via our website. Ordering of extra packs for 2018 is now closed.
  • Order packs for home educators

    Home educators can order packs by filling out an online order form for 4-5 year olds who would be in Reception, were they attending school. Sign up for 2019 will open in October.
  • Any issues, contact timetoread@booktrust.org.uk

Time to Read – Little Monkey

Last year, we gave out over 700,000 copies of Little Monkey by Marta Altes. You'll find blogs, recommended reads and school resources to use alongside Little Monkey below.

Time to Read for families: what you need to know

Have fun in the classroom

Activities to try

Teacher tips

Posters to use

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Our programmes

Find out about our programmes

Learn more about our range of projects and campaigns, designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy reading and writing.

Resources to use

Find out about our resources

From fun lesson plans to posters for your children's centre, find out more and search for resources which are right for you.

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