Premiers' Reading Challenge launched

Wednesday, 03 April, 2024

Premiers' Reading Challenge launched

The 2024 Premiers’ Reading Challenge has been launched in Victoria.

The Challenge encourages students between early childhood and Year 10 to read a set number of books during the year, with their efforts recorded online. A book list recommends age-appropriate texts that children might like to try, but any book counts towards their Challenge totals.

Last year, Victorian kids read a huge 3.4 million books between them — so this year’s Challenge sets an even higher goal of 3.5 million books, encouraging children to become voracious readers across different genres, authors and styles of literature.

“From toddlers to teenagers, the Premiers’ Reading Challenge is about reading as many different types of books as possible — instilling a love of reading into every Victorian child,” said Premier Jacinta Allan.

This year’s “Explore, Learn, Enjoy” theme captures the excitement and sense of adventure that reading gives us all — and the theme is also reflected in the Prep Bags given to every new student at a Victorian Government school, which also includes a range of carefully chosen books and educational play materials.

Children who have not yet started school are also encouraged to join the Challenge by reading 40 books with the help of their families — with picture books, short stories, poems or non-fiction books in any language all eligible for the Challenge.

Students participating can read books in Languages Other Than English and use alternative supports and resources.

“The Premiers’ Reading Challenge provides a great opportunity for students to broaden their imaginations while developing key comprehension and language skills to set themselves up for life,” said Lizzie Blandthorn, Minister for Children.

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