Premier’s Reading Challenge gets children reading!

Young people of Queensland are encouraged to take part in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) which aims to encourage children to read for pleasure and learning. The program is open to students from a range of Queensland schools and children (aged up to 5 years) enrolled in an early childhood centre.

Last year, more than 168,000 Queensland children and students read over 2.39 million books. An outstanding achievement!

Five great reasons to join the Premier's Reading Challenge:

  • encourages young Queenslanders to read and challenge themselves
  • fosters a life-long love of reading and expands vocabulary
  • acknowledges reading achievements with a certificate signed by the Premier
  • book vouchers up for grabs
  • eligible to enter QSuper’s author visit competition.

There are also some great prizes available including book vouchers and a chance to win an author visit.

Key dates

The challenge runs from 9 May to 26 August. Here are some key dates.

26 April 2022

Online database registrations open

9 May 2022

Reading period commences for Prep to Year 9 students*

15 to 26 August 2022

Early childhood participation period

26 August 2022

Reading period finishes for Prep to Year 9 students*

2 September 2022

All reading data must be finalised in the database and Certificate of Participation available for download

October 2022

Certificates of Achievement issued

31 October to 11 November 2022

Premier's Reading Challenge celebration weeks

Book lists

There is no compulsory reading list but we encourage participants to read a range of fiction and non-fiction books. The website has a list of books to help you make your selection.

Encourage your child to read

Parents, guardians, teachers, aides, siblings, student buddies and classmates can play an important role in developing a love of reading. Here are some ideas:

  • Make time to read aloud to your child every day, even for a few minutes.
  • Show the importance of reading in your daily life and let your child see you read books, recipes, newspapers, and text messages for example.
  • Browse a bookstore together.
  • Ensure reading time is fun and exciting.
  • Visit your local public library and let your child choose some books to borrow.
  • For younger children, encourage them hold the book and turn the pages.

Registration details

Visit the website for more details about registering. Select from school, individual or early childhood centre information kits for a guide on how to participate and use the database.

Don’t miss your chance to join in the fun of the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2022!

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