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Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge kicks off for 2018

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Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2018 is expected to attract 250,000 eager readers this year, it’s a good program having been the catalyst for millions of books read by kids in the state.

More than 2.5 million young Victorians have read more than 45 million books since the Challenge launched in 2005 – enough books to fill almost 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

About 250,400 participants and 3,161 schools, early childhood settings and homes across Victoria took up the Challenge last year, reading nearly 4 million books.

More than 150 new books will feature on the list this year – including the final instalments of Michael Adams’ The Seven Signs series and new additions to Melbourne author Tony Wilson’s The Selwood Boys – bringing the total Premiers’ Reading Challenge book list to a staggering 9,000 books.

Research shows that reading plays a vital role in a child’s development, helping develop their academic, social and emotional skills.

This year marks the 14th Premiers’ Reading Challenge, and to complete it students in Years 3-10 need to read 15 books or more in the six months from February to September.

Students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 are challenged to read or experience 30 books, while children who have not yet started school are challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families.

The Challenge is an important literacy initiative that encourages more children and young people to read more often.

This year Children’s Book Illustrator James Hart designed the Challenge’s central poster. The explosion of characters hopes to inspire children to imagine the adventures that you can find on the pages of every book.
For more information, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/prc


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