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About the challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students up to Year 9 as well as children (aged up to five years) enrolled in an early childhood centre or as an individual home reader.

The Premier's Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life. Through the challenge children and students are given an opportunity to develop their appreciation of the English language and are encouraged to explore and enjoy a wide range of literary texts.

Children and students can participate in the challenge within their school, early childhood centre or as individual readers (home-educated students, students whose schools are not participating in the program or children who are not enrolled in an early childhood centre).

Children and students who complete the challenge have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland. Early childhood centres will also receive a centre-wide certificate of recognition for their involvement.

Schools, early childhood centres and parents of individual readers are encouraged to recognise reading achievements by holding classroom, school or home ceremonies to present certificates during the Premier's Reading Challenge Celebration Weeks in November.

School and individual readers (Prep - Year 9)

The reading period for Prep to Year 9 students will commence on Monday 16 May 2016 and finish on Friday 26 August 2016.

For a student to successfully complete the Premier's Reading Challenge they must read or experience the number of books indicated in the table below. Experiencing a book can include classroom or at home activities such as shared reading, listening and reading along with a book, or being read to.

Year levelNumber of books
Prep - Year 2Read or experience 20 books
Years 3 - 420 books
Years 5 - 915 books

The requirement for Year 5 through to Year 9 students to read 15 books rather than 20 books acknowledges that older students are likely to select longer, more complex books that may take them longer to read.

Students are encouraged to select a range of fiction and non-fiction books suited to their reading ability. While there is no compulsory reading list for the challenge, booklists are available to help students, teachers, parents and guardians select appropriate reading material.

Early childhood centres and individual readers

Early childhood centres and individual home readers can participate in an abridged version of the challenge by tallying the total number of book experiences or literary activities over a one week period.

The early childhood participation period is from Monday 15 - Friday 26 August 2016 (the week prior to, and week of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week External Link).

Centres who register by 8 July 2016 will receive a wall chart to keep track of the centre's progress during the participation period.

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This page was last reviewed on 14 Jan 2016

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