The challenge

The challenge

Information about the challenge

Embark on an epic reading journey and be in the running to win weekly prizes in the 2024 Premier's Reading Challenge.

About the challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program established in 2022 to: 

  • encourage students to read more books
  • enjoy reading
  • improve literacy levels.

The mission is for students in kindergarten to Year 10 to read 12 books over 4 months from 6 May to 6 September. That’s right—just 12, students can read:

  • books
  • short stories
  • graphic novels
  • eBooks
  • talking books
  • audiobooks
  • poems
  • anything that sparks their interest and gets them reading.

Whether they’re a curious kindergartener or a high-schooler, there is something of interest for readers at any and every level.

Adventures await. Books take us to places we only dream about and even further. Where else can we experience a mutiny on a pirate ship or jump on a time-traveling bicycle.

Students will expand their vocabulary, learn new facts, and impress their friends with fancy new words that they have learned.

At the end of the challenge, students who complete it will receive a special certificate signed by the Premier. They can hang it proudly on their bedroom wall; it’s like winning a gold medal in reading!

Get your students ready to explore, grab their reading lights and bookmarks and set sail on their next reading adventure.

The next great story is only one page turn away.

Benefits of the challenge

The challenge will:

  • raise the profile of reading and literacy in schools
  • give students a focus for their reading
  • encourage students to enjoy reading and read more books
  • encourage students to participate by being challenged
  • offer incentives and prizes for readers
  • build self-esteem, pride, school unity and a sense of achievement among students
  • increase the involvement of parents in their child’s reading
  • increase the number of library books borrowed
  • contribute to increased literacy levels.
How to register

Create an account by selecting the ‘Sign up’ option.

We’re here to help and want to hear from you. If you have any questions or need support with your account submit a support request.

Challenge guidelines

Challenge guidelines

You can read books from any year level on the booklist. We understand everyone’s reading abilities are different and we encourage you to give it a go. You can read a graphic novel, listen to an audiobook or take part in group reading sessions.

If you’re a staff member, you may need to help students who would benefit from reading books from another year level. Keep in mind that some books from older year levels may not be appropriate for your younger students.

This challenge is open to each and every student in Western Australia.

Book titles can include Braille texts, talking books, eBooks and books on tape. We have partnered with the State Library of Western Australia to make sure books on the booklist are available in most formats.

Once you have created an account for the Premier's Reading Challenge, a reader will be able to add book titles in different formats.

We celebrate living in a multicultural society and encourage you to read books in your language. You will need to log these books in English – your teacher or school challenge champion can help you with this. 

Research shows that children who continue to develop their first language will acquire additional languages at a faster rate.

It also helps with continued development and learning, family connections and building the strength of cultural identity.

Bilingual books in English and other languages are available at most public libraries and you can add books in language to your child's bookshelf, which will be counted as part of the challenge.

New children's app LOTE4Kids

The new children's app LOTE4Kids is an online database of digital books in World Languages that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in languages other than English. Each book comes with English translations to help kids learn languages.

The LOTE4Kids app has over 3,0000+ picture books in 65+ languages, with new books and languages released each month. The app was developed for libraries and schools to grow their World Language picture book collections, help engage culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families, and support kids learning a language. 

The app is free with a State Library membership, or ask at your local public library. You must enter your library name and card information to read picture books via your mobile device.