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In 2015-16, every child starting Reception in England will receive a free Booktime book pack, containing a copy of Open Very Carefully by Nicola O'Byrne, with words by Nick Bromley and published by Nosy Crow.


What will you be doing in your school to celebrate? Download our Teacher Guidance  for ideas on how to make the most of Booktime.


Booktime is the national free books programme for Reception-aged children. We provide a free book pack for every child aged 4-5 years to share and enjoy with their family and friends. We know that reading for pleasure helps children to do well at school and increases their well-being, so we do everything we can to help to make sure that every child can enjoy stories and books.


In a recent Booktime survey around two thirds of teachers reported that Booktime had increased children's enjoyment of reading and the overwhelming majority of respondents (89%) rated Booktime as either successful or highly successful in their school. We hope you find the Booktime packs and resources a welcome addition to your Reception class this year.

Free teaching resources

Whether you’re looking for masks and puppets to make, or session ideas to support speaking and listening, our resource finder will help you search our ever-growing bank of Booktime activities.

Making the most of Booktime

The way schools give out the book packs to their reception class has a big effect on how positive the children feel about taking their own books home to keep.

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