The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual state-wide event for students from Prep to Year 7 in state, Catholic and independent schools as well as home-educated students. Individual students, whole schools or individual classes can enter the Premier's Reading Challenge.
The reading period for the 2013 Premier's Reading Challenge commences on Tuesday 14 May and closes Friday 6 September.
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 students are given an opportunity to further develop their appreciation of the English language and are encouraged to explore and enjoy a wide range of literary texts.
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.
|Year level||Number of books|
|Prep to Year 2||Read or experience* 20 books|
|Years 3 and 4||20 books|
|Years 5 to 7||15 books|
*Experiencing a book can include classroom or at-home activities such as shared reading, listening and reading along with a text, or being read to.
The requirement for Year 5 through to Year 7 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, a booklist has been developed to help students, teachers, parents and carers select appropriate reading material.
The booklist has been divided into year level groups. Students are also welcome to read books from previous years' booklists and from lists for higher year levels.
To view the booklist, please visit the Library Services website.
Students who complete the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier and go into the lucky draw for a number of prizes.
Books that students read for the Premier's Reading Challenge also count towards the MS Readathon.
For further information on the MS Readathon visit the website.
This page was last reviewed on 12 Apr 2013