A program designed to cultivate a love of reading in children has kicked off to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools
NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC), which commenced earlier this week, provides a venue for students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to showcase their passion for reading.
The event encourages students to read between 20 and 30 books, depending on their skill level, from a reading list of quality literature.
The challenge will run until 20 August for students and 3 September for coordinators.
“It's important for children to discover what books have to offer because we know a passion for learning will set them up for the future,” NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said.
“Whether it’s picking up a book to boost your knowledge, relax at the end of a hard day, or look for inspiration from great figures, reading offers so much for anyone at nearly any age.”
Berejiklian said that almost 9 million books were read during the challenge last year, a 5% rise from the previous years.
NSW Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, also said 165 more schools joined the event last year.
“The ability to read well is one of education’s greatest gifts, and everyone involved should be proud that the challenge continues to grow and encourages all students to explore the many benefits that result from a love of reading,” she said.
This year, there is a particular focus on the representation of Indigenous authors and illustrators on the reading list, with Bundjalung woman, author, and illustrator Dr Bronwyn Bancroft providing this event’s promotional artwork.
“It’s not too late for schools and students to join the Premier’s Reading Challenge. All you need to do is register, pick up a book and start reading,” Minister Mitchell said.
Registration is ongoing on PRC’s official website.