Thursday, 9 September 2010


I was contacted by a lovely lady (Natasha) working with Booktime, to ask if i would blog about it.

As a family who love books of course i could not let her down.

Booktime is a great programme run by the charity Booktrust and Pearson, the world's leading publisher and education technology company. Each year Booktime gives free books to children in reception class - in fact, in 2010, they will have distributed more than 5 million of them. So to celebrate, they are giving primary schools and libraries the chance to own artist's proofs by Eric Carle, the author of this year's Booktime gift book. All people need to do is nominate their preferred school and/or library for the draw, which closes on 31 October!


You may or may not be familiar with Booktime, a programme run by the charity Booktrust in partnership with Pearson and the Department for Education, that gives free books to all children when they start reception class at school. Their aim is to promote reading for pleasure and encourage family engagement in shared reading at an important transition stage in children’s learning and development.

This autumn, 680,000 copies of Eric Carle’s wonderful story book “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth will be given for free to all children starting reception class in England. To celebrate, Booktime are offering primary schools and libraries in England the chance to enter a prize draw to receive an exclusive artist’s proof from the book. Each vibrant, colourful spread from the book is signed by Eric Carle.

Anyone can nominate a primary school and a public library in England (full terms and conditions are on the website)

Nominations are open now and close on the 31st October. To nominate, all you have to do is visit the Booktime site and find your school or library.
The Booktime website also has games and resources inspired by all the books they have given away in
the past. There are games and resources inspired by “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth for families, librarians and teachers - so it’s worth a look just for that alone! 
 -Relevent websites:

The Booktime blog:

The Booktrust blog:



And Natashas blog – Children’s Books for Grown-ups:



Floss said...

What a BRILLIANT idea! And I love Eric Carle's work - I recognised it from afar...

Casee Marie said...

What a great cause! I think reading for pleasure is so important. Children can benefit so much from it, and it's truly a wonderful pastime. (:

Oh, Eric Carle was one of my favorites when I was little!