Time to Read Week

The Book Trust held its fifth annual Time to Read campaign from 19-25 October 2020, aiming to get children and families reading together.

From September – January 2021, BookTrust will reach 740,000 children by sending a free Time to Read pack to every reception child in England. Each pack contains a copy of The Runaway Pea, alongside tips about how to get children reading and creative ideas for sharing stories.

Families have faced many challenges these past few months, adjusting to a different way of life with schools, nurseries and libraries being closed.

Shared reading is an important way for families to create a safe space for children to express themselves as they grapple with anxiety, loneliness, making friends, dealing with change and more. We know that children who are read to at home in their early years are also more likely to become high achievers at the end of primary school.

The Time to Read campaign also share resources with teachers and support for libraries to help get children enthusiastic about reading.

I support this timely campaign to help parents read together with their children at such a crucial time in their lives.

You can access the helpful resources provided by the Book Trust here: booktrust.org.uk/timetoread.