Booktime and Read for My School are free programmes for primary schools to encourage reading for pleasure. They are run by a partnership of organisations dedicated to empowering people through reading and lifelong learning: Booktrust (www.booktrust.org.uk), Pearson (www.pearson.com), and The Pearson Foundation (www.pearsonfoundation.org).
Booktime (www.booktime.org.uk) is the national free books programme for reception-aged children, providing a free book pack for every child aged 4-5 years to share and enjoy with their family and friends. It aims to promote the pleasure of books by encouraging families to have fun reading together. The award-winning programme is now in its seventh year and has gifted more than nine million free books since it was launched in 2006. Local authority contacts work with Booktime each year to update the number of book packs required for schools in their area. A wealth of free resources are also available at www.booktime.org.uk.
Read for My School (www.readformyschool.co.uk) is the new, free national schools reading competition, which aims to generate excitement about books and cultivate long-lasting positive attitudes towards reading. The inaugural competition is for pupils in years 5 and 6 and will run from 21 January to 22 March 2013. Participating children will be encouraged to read their way to rewards, explore a variety of genres and formats, and make their own choices as readers. All primary schools who sign up will be entered into a prize draw to receive a donation of fantastic books taken from a pot of 100,000 titles provided by Pearson. Schools can register now, for free at www.readformyschool.co.uk.