There's a book for that: Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Premiers' Reading Challenge shows that there’s a book for every child.

A new love of reading

Aaryan and his books

In his first ever Premiers' Reading Challenge, Year 1 Dingley Primary School student Aaryan surpassed his goal of 30 books for his age group. He also developed a whole new vocabulary.

Aaryan’s first language is Tamil, and he learned Korean until he was almost four-years-old. Reading books is an immense benefit for Aaryan.

Mother Sangeetha says reading lots of books has definitely set up her son for lifelong literacy skills. 

 ‘I'm happy he picked up a good habit of reading books from the Reading Challenge,’ she says. ‘Now he doesn't need any motivation. He just does it’.

Among Aaryan’s favourite books are Anh Do’s Weirdo Series and Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series by Marcus Emerson.

His new interest in reading is continuing even though the annual reading competition is drawing to a close on 6 September.

‘I used to have to motivate him to go to the library but now it’s the other way around.’

Find a book for your child’s interests and hobbies using our list below.

Magic and fantasy

Mystical Magic by Ivor Baddiel

Stories, history, tips and tricks on being a magician. For primary school readers.

Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

A young boy discovers that he is destined to be a wizard and enrols at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For primary and secondary readers.

Obernewtyn Chronicles series by Isobelle Carmody

In a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world, Elspeth is discovered to have mind powers and is banished to Obernewtyn as a “misfit”. The series follows Elspeth, the misfits and magical creatures as they go on a quest to save the world. for secondary school readers.

Magician by Raymond E. Feist

An orphan boy becomes a magician’s apprentice, rising through the ranks to become a squire of the Duke’s court during an international conflict. For secondary school readers.

Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce

Alanna of Trebond disguises herself as a boy to train as a knight while her brother sneaks away to become a great sorcerer. But despite her dreams of becoming a knight, her magical powers grow with her. For secondary school readers.


Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner

One of the first ever picture books about AFL and all the reasons why the fans love it. For primary school readers.

Champion Charlies by Adrian Beck

Charlie and Charlotte are the best football players on the boys and girls teams, but what happens when they play on the mixed team? For primary school readers.

Sporty Kids series by Felice Arena

Each book in the sporty kids series follows the story of a kid playing a different sport, from soccer to tennis to handball. For primary school readers.

Spy and mystery

Kensy and Max series by Jacqueline Harvey

Twins Kensy and Max wake up in London and discover that their parents are missing. They train to become spies to find them. For primary school readers.

The Boy and the Spy by Felice Arena

Set in Sicily during WWII, young Sicilian boy Antonio finds himself mixed up in an international spy adventure. For older primary school readers.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle’s series about the most famous detective in London is a classic. For older primary school and secondary school readers.


Look to the Stars by Buzz Aldrin

Written by astronaut Buzz Aldrin himself, Look to the Stars shows space exploration history and terminology to young readers. For primary school readers.

Moonwalkers by Mark Greenwood

Three Australian kids are watching humans walk on the moon for the first time in 1969. Using their imagination, they recreate the experience at home. Readers can learn more facts about the Apollo 11 space mission. For primary school readers.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A classic sci-fi comedy series about an ordinary man’s adventures in space after the world ends. For secondary school readers.


The Littlest Pirate by Sherryl Clark

Nicholas Nosh is not allowed to go to sea, but he’s bored and goes on an adventure anyway. For primary school readers.

Treasure Hunters by Chris Grabenstein and Mark Shulman

The four Kidd siblings' pirate parents are missing, and they must find them while carrying on their family’s treasure hunting business. For older primary school readers.


Dinosaur Day Out by Sara Acton

What do dinosaurs do on their day off? Sally and Max’s Dad read them a book about dinosaurs, with surprises around every street corner. For primary school readers.

One Very Tired Wombat by Renee Treml

Wombat just wants to sleep, but the rest of the animals in the bush are being too noisy. For primary school readers.

Charlotte's Web by E.B White

The story of a spider, an extraordinary pig and their friendship. For primary school readers.

Animalia by Graeme Base

Short poems about animals from every letter of the alphabet. Can you spot hidden items in the illustrations? For primary school readers.

Shark Wars by E.J Altbacker

An epic battle for power in the shark world. For older primary school readers.

Premiers' Reading Challenge

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