In 2014-15, every child starting reception class in England and Wales will receive a free Booktime book pack. What will you be doing in your school to celebrate?
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. Last year, we delivered 1,530,000 books: two for every single reception-aged child in England and Wales.
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.
The overwhelming majority of respondents reported that holding a Booktime event had helped to promote the library and its services (98%) and increased children’s enthusiasm for the Booktime books (95%), as well as strengthening links with local schools, helping them to make contact with parents/children who did not previously use the library, increasing library membership and increasing library loans.
Parents were generally very positive about the Booktime programme and the majority reported their child had enjoyed reading the books and that they had fun reading the books together.
Around two thirds of teachers reported that Booktime had increased children’s enjoyment of reading and the overwhelming majority of respondents agreed that Booktime is a good service for schools.