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About the challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide event for children and students up to Year 9 for early childhood centres; state, Catholic and independent schools and home-educated students.

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, kindergarten, long day care or as individual readers (home-educated students or students whose schools are not participating in the program).

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 starts on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 and finishes Friday, 28 August 2015.

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

Approved kindergarten and long day care centres 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 15 to 28 August 2015 (the week prior to, and week of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week External Link.

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This page was last reviewed on 06 Mar 2015

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