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Welcome to the challenge! We encourage you to join us in unlocking the wonderful world of reading for your students. Now, more than ever, books can help transport, transform and inspire students to explore thousands of amazing stories.  

Connecting and engaging with students has never been more important. The challenge is for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 to read a minimum of 12 books between May and 9 September 2022. Readers who log 12 or more books are eligible to go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes.

Students can register online, or have their parents register for them. Once registered, students can:

  • choose their own challenge avatar
  • search over 7,000 books from the online booklist
  • log the books they read during the challenge.

We encourage students to explore different book formats - from historical novels to graphic novels, comics to newspapers or song lyrics to poems. 

All these formats count towards the books that students can log. 

A downloadable reading record is available for students who cannot access an online account.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to share information with parents and your school community. Don't forget to tag us and use #PremiersReadingChallengeWA in your school's posts for a chance to feature on our social media.

Be a challenge champion

Contact us to get school staff access to your school’s Challenge profile. With a challenge champion account school staff will be able to see all registered readers at your school, add readers who can’t participate online and edit their details.

Parents, guardians, teachers, education assistants, siblings, study buddies and classmates all play an important role in encouraging students to develop a love of reading. Here are some tips that can help with this:  

  • make time to read each day – make sure this time is fun and exciting 
  • suggest books, authors or themes your students may enjoy 
  • re-tell stories that you have enjoyed 
  • ask students to make book recommendations to others in class 
  • for students with language backgrounds other than English, encourage them to read books in their background language. 

The State Library has a wide and growing range of electronic resources available for use by members and visitors.

These include eBooks, online journals, audio books, eMagazines, current and historical newspapers and content services such as Ancestry and Kanopy. Resources for children and families include games, comics and movies.

Many of these are available from home and are free. To join, visit the State Library of WA.

You can also access electronic resources with your local Public Library membership.

We have lots of tips for promoting the challenge to students and your school community. 

Ways you could promote the challenge: 

  • Send a letter to parents and carers about the challenge and encourage them to register their child. 
  • Work with your library to have a display of books from the challenge list. 
  • Create displays of favourite books, authors, series, genres in the library and classrooms. 
  • Share stories of student reading success in your assembly and school newsletter. 
  • Include a link to this website and the online booklist on your school website. 
  • Invite an author, athlete, staff member, politician or parents/guardians to virtually share their favourite book with students.
  • Organise a student book swap party – children can bring a book and select a book from the swap table. 
  • Post about the challenge on your Facebook and Instagram.
  • Display the posters around your school.

It is always fun to recognise students or classes for their efforts. You might like to celebrate: 

  • the first student, class or year level to complete the challenge  
  • the best alternative cover for a book 
  • the best book review in each year level or class 
  • the best alternative blurb written in one, two or three sentences 
  • in-class author biographies, book reviews and presentations. 

Students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate of achievement. These will be sent to your school and you may like to celebrate this during your school assembly.  

Other ideas for celebrating might include: 

  • holding a free dress day for a year level or a class that are actively engaging in the challenge 
  • show a lunchtime movie relating to a book 
  • have a book-related treasure hunt 
  • put on a sausage sizzle or a class party. 

Some ideas to help you keep up momentum and enthusiasm: 

  • Encourage students to review books and ask them to recommend books to other like-minded readers. You can showcase these by displaying these recommendations in your classroom or at the library. You might also share these on your school website or social media channels. 
  • Share student book reviews and celebrate your school's progress in the challenge via your school’s newsletter or social media.  
  • Have a dynamic display of challenge books in the library. 
  • Celebrate students' reading achievements by displaying a special board. 
  • Have charts available where students can place a small star next to their name on a chart when they have read 6 books and another, or a larger star, when they have read 12 or more books. 
  • Build a ‘community of readers’ and promote this as a book club for the school. 
  • Set aside some class time to encourage students to briefly talk about a book they have read and what they liked about the book and the author. 
  • If you know of a local author or illustrator, invite them to visit the school and talk about their favourite book. 
  • Introduce fun activities and quizzes about books in the challenge. 
  • Have a dress up day with students dressed as their favourite book character from the challenge booklist. 
  • Display a school list of recommended reads. 
  • Promote significant dates and events, such as Book Week, Literacy and Numeracy week and Science week using books from the challenge list. 

Not all students are enthusiastic readers. This can be for any number of reasons and may include children:

  • from a low literacy background
  • from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • with processing or sensory issues
  • with a disability. 

We want to remove as many barriers to students reading as possible. You do a wonderful job of understanding your school community and we want to open access and inclusion to your students.  

Some tips that may help if you have reluctant readers: 

  • You can encourage teachers to introduce some of the Premier’s Reading Challenge books into class lessons and units of work to help build students confidence. 
  • If you teach students in middle school, introduce different books from the challenge booklist as part of your planned units of work. Check which books in the school library are on the challenge booklist. 
  • Encourage students to explore aspects of visual literacy in picture books in pairs. Both students can include the book on their log. 
  • Pair tentative readers with one another for shared reading of challenge books.
  • Make a list for reluctant readers such as ‘Hot reads for cool readers’. 
  • Choose accessible picture books or less demanding books, such as manga, graphic novels, humour, sport, factual texts and biographies.  
  • Allow the reading of shorter texts to build up the number and variety of texts. 
  • Use audiobooks for titles at higher reading level that remains within student’s comprehension ability.
  • Use digital texts to allow access to accessibility features such as a dictionary function or a ‘read to me’ function. 

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