This handbook contains some specially developed resources to help you make the most of Booktime in your school. Some activities are classroom-based and some are for you to send home for parents/carers and children to complete together.
We hope you will find these materials useful in supporting a love of books and reading in your school.
Useful ideas for working with this year's Booktime story book But Excuse Me That is My Book
To mark the launch of Booktime 2013, a number of comedians, actors and media personalities were asked about their favourite books as a child, what they enjoyed reading with their own children (where appropriate) and the best book they received as a gift. Here are their funny, heart-warming and fascinating responses.
A summary of the recent NFER Booktime evaluation report for schools wanting an overview of the research.
Presentation with guidance notes, to help parents support their children's enjoyment of the Booktime books and explore wider reading.
Use this editable template letter to let parents know about Booktime events in your school.
A useful leaflet to give or send home to parents, with hints and tips for how make reading with their child fun and interesting.
A helpful guide for teachers.
Presenting the book packs to your reception class is an opportunity to create a buzz about reading. It’s a chance to generate lots of excitement in the classroom, which the children will take back home with them.
A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research.
Hamilton Trust is a small educational charity whose purpose is to help raise the educational attainment of children up to age eleven within the UK and to support the effectiveness and professional job satisfaction (and hence retention) of primary teachers. We support primary teachers by providing exciting lessons and a creative curriculum in English, maths, science and Topic work. The Trust is co-directed by Professor Ruth Merttens who oversees all the educational content on the website. The aim is to cut the excessive workload of teachers without sacrificing their commitment to inspirational teaching. A sound progression of skills in all subjects, especially maths, English and science is combined with truly stimulating lessons, resources and creative activities. A fabulous array of materials is available to any teacher who registers on the Hamilton site. A small donation allows a registered user to become a Friend of Hamilton and gain access to all the materials in their chosen age range. Schools can take out a subscription that allows access for up to 30 members of staff to all the resources on the site.
Download all the activity sheets and session ideas based on this year's Booktime story book, The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit, based on the original story by Beatrix Potter.
Can you find the butterfly in your story book The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit? Now you can make your own butterfly picture! Cut out the whole butterfly around the dotted box. Use paint to make a pattern on one side of this butterfly. Then fold the page in half to print the patterns onto the other side of the page.
Here is an empty garden that needs some fruit, vegetables and flowers to grow in it. Draw and colour in the plants that you would like to grow in the garden. Watch out for hungry Peter Rabbit!