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Premier’s Reading Challenge sweeps across the State

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The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is sweeping across the state, with more than 250,000 children taking up the challenge to read more books and open their eyes and imaginations to the world.

Since launching in March 2019 more than 250,000 students and almost 900 schools have registered for the 2019 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. In addition, almost 15,000 young children at nearly 300 early childhood services have registered and are reading with the help of their parents and carers.

Challenge participants have already read a combined total of more than 670,000 books – and the children of Victoria have nominated Wonder by R.J. Palacio as their favourite book so far, with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone a close second.

In 2019, schools are being supported to help students from all backgrounds to participate in the Challenge, such as encouraging the use of audio books for hearing impaired students and supporting students to read books in the language they speak at home.

At Mooroolbark College, teachers are taking part in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge to lead by example and encourage their students to participate and read more books.

Orchard Grove Primary School in Blackburn South is hosting ‘Night Library’ events during the Premiers’ Reading Challenge to encourage parents and students to borrow more books. The school is also providing prizes for children who are reading and is running a competition for the class that reads the most books.

In 2019, the Challenge is running its first ever reader’s review competition. Secondary students in years 7 to 10 can write a book review of one of a selection of Premiers’ Reading Challenge books for a chance to win free books and a visit to Penguin publishing house in Melbourne. The competition closes on Saturday 6 July 2019.

In addition, parents of children from birth to pre-school age are being invited to share their child’s love of reading with the world, to motivate other parents to read to their children before they start school, through a new Little Reader Photo Share Competition.

A key Education State target is increasing the number of Year 5 and Year 9 students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading by 25 per cent. The Challenge is an important literacy initiative to work towards this target.

Since the Challenge began in 2005, more than 2.8 million students in Victoria have read nearly 49 million books.

Source: Vic Government

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