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.
Includes a recommended approach to delivering Booktime and activity ideas to help you and your class get the most out of the programme. We hope that you will find these materials useful in supporting a love of books and reading in your school.
Spot the difference between these two pictures of the cheeky little duck from Open Very Carefully