What is Booktime
Booktime is the national free books programme for reception-aged children in England and Wales. Booktime provides a free book pack for children to share and enjoy with their family and friends.
Booktime promotes the pleasure of books by encouraging families to have fun reading together. The programme supports, encourages and enables reading for pleasure at home at an important transition stage in a child's learning and development.
Booktime gives you
- Free books to read with your child
- Support and guidance for you to help make your child a confident reader
- Resources to support your child's reading and engagement with the Booktime book
- A place to find everything you need to share books, stories and activities with your child, online
Booktime impact - 2013-14
Teachers reported that Booktime had impacted on children as follows:
- 69% of teachers said Booktime increased children's enjoyment of reading
- 35% of teachers reported the frequency of shared reading at home had increased
- 32% of teachers felt children's development of literacy skills had improved.
Teachers own skills and access to resources were also enhanced:
- 50% of teachers stated that they knew more about activities related to books and reading for pleasure as a result of Booktime, and 33% do more of these activities as a result of Booktime
- Children are engaged by the Booktime books: 79% of parents reported that, when reading the Booktime books, 'as we read my child was interested to see what was on the next page'
- Home-school links improved as a result of Booktime: 25% of parents felt Booktime had improved communication about reading between them and their child's school.
Booktime in schools
Booktime works with approximately 17,500 primary schools in England each year.
Read about how Booktime works with libraries
Booktime works in partnership with libraries across England each year.