Access book reviews, milestone rewards, reading resources and more through a new online application
A new application to support the Premiers' Reading Challenge is now available for schools to use. The application includes a catalogue of more than 800,000 book titles (with 12,000 Challenge books), avatars from previous and current Challenge posters, badges to reward reading progress and an opportunity for students to write book reviews.
Government school Challenge coordinators and staff can log in to the Challenge application with their standard eduPass credentials, once their Principal has set them up.
The Challenge application is also linked to CASES21, making registering your school and students an easy process. If your school chooses not to participate in 2020, students can participate as home-based readers, but in this case, they will not have access to all the application's features. If you can't see your class lists, schools should check that CASES21 data for teachers and the classes that they teach are up to date.
We're confident the application will be a valuable support for your literacy program, while motivating your students to complete the Challenge.
Visit the Challenge coordinator webpage
Find out more, including details on how to use the Challenge app
You can also share the Premier's letter to parents for students participating in this year's challenge:
Premier's letter to parents
Register and log in to the Premiers' Reading Challenge
Visit the Department's website to find out more
Challenge coordinator training
Demonstrations of the new Challenge application will be provided through optional webinars during Term 2 for Challenge coordinators and class teachers. Additional sessions will be scheduled if there is a demand for these. Email your interest to
Demonstrations will cover:
- accessing the Challenge application
- registering and activating students
- tailoring the Challenge app for individual students
- managing student passwords
- using the book search
- moderating book reviews
- verifying books.
How do I distribute student logins remotely?
To help you to coordinate the Challenge for students learning from home, you can now send usernames and passcodes to students through an electronic (email) mail-merge. Further information is available at
student passcodes on the Department website.
Supporting students at home to participate in the Challenge
Reading during this time is more important than ever to develop literacy skills. With trips to the library becoming a thing of the past, here are some tips to help students enjoy great reading:
Tips from author Melina Marchetta for struggling readers
For avid readers, it's often hard to understand why some people never feel the urge to pick up a book. Yet we know plenty of children and students who are simply not interested in reading.
Melina Marchetta, the Australian writer of 'Looking for Alibrandi', faced this very problem with her own daughter, a reluctant reader. She wrote her new book 'What Zola Did on Monday' to encourage her little girl to have a go.
Melina shares her personal tips on encouraging young readers in the clip below:
Virtual author program
The Department has partnered with the Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) again this year to deliver ten virtual author visits to primary and secondary schools across Victoria from Term 1 to 4. The sessions are held in a virtual learning environment (WebEx) that allows students and teachers to connect, interact, share and learn with authors and illustrators from outside of their classroom and school.
Register for a virtual author visit
There are nine more sessions on YABBA's website
For further information visit the
Premiers' Reading Challenge or contact the team:
For technical support, contact Service Desk: