Premiers’ Reading Challenge closing date extended

The challenge will now close on Friday 18 September

The Premiers' Reading Challenge has been extended by two weeks and will now close on Friday 18 September.

The Premiers' Reading Challenge inspires children to read, helping to build essential literacy skills that support their education.  

The extension aims to give students more time to finish reading their books, in light of the disruptions students have faced as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Preparing for the end of the Challenge

Teachers are asked to finish verifying the books that your students have read and checking your student data by 11:59pm on Friday 18 September.

Challenge certificates will now be distributed to schools by late October. If you would like to distribute your certificates earlier, you can download and print them from the Challenge application.

The Preparing for the end of the Challenge web page provides instructions and more information.

Reader's Review competition closing soon

The Reader's Review competition will close on Sunday 9 August. It's easy to enter and there's still time to help your students submit.

To enter, students can submit any of their book reviews from the challenge. Primary school students can even submit a drawing of their favourite part of a book.

This year, two winners will be selected randomly. Winners will receive a pack of books and a virtual visit from an Australian author for their whole class.

Your class could win a virtual visit from:

  • Tim Harris, author of Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables and Exploding Endings (Prep to Grade 6)
  • Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts and A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares (Year 7 to Year 10).

For more information on prizes and how to enter, visit the Premiers' Reading Challenge School Competition web page.

Updates to the Premiers' Reading Challenge application

The Premiers' Reading Challenge application has been updated to make it easier for teachers and students to use. The application now includes:

  • improved reports for coordinators on books read and student participation
  • sortable headings on the 'verify books' and the 'finished books' columns
  • two new columns showing the number of finished Challenge and Choice books (to replace the percentage of finished books column)

An additional release of the application in August includes:

  • a bulk action for book verification for all started and finished books
  • a clickable hand-cursor that students can use to add books from the recommended and trending book lists
  • improved navigational links to return to book search results.

There is a further release of the application coming in October.

Find out more

Visit the Premiers' Reading Challenge web page
Find out more about the challenge, including how to sign up