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About the challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide 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 2014 Premier's Reading Challenge commences on Tuesday 20 May and closes Friday 5 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 guardians 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.

The 2014 booklist is now available.

Students who complete the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier.

Schools will be encouraged to hold individual ceremonies during the Premier's Reading Challenge Celebration Weeks to acknowledge and reward all students who have participated in the challenge. The celebration weeks will be held from 10 November to 21 November 2014.

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