How to meet the Challenge

  • The Chief Minister's Reading Challenge commences on 20 February 2017 and concludes on 8 September 2017
  • The Challenge is open to all ACT schools and is for students in Preschool to Year 8. Note that registration is for schools only – not individuals.
  • The Challenge for students is to read 15 books of their own choice. These can be novels, non-fiction, poetry, or books in a language other than English.
  • Schools intending to participate in the Challenge must complete the online School Registration Form External link by 10 March 2017. This form requires details about the total number of participating students in each year level.
  • The books students read must be recorded on the individual Individual Student Reading Record PDF File (122 kb) OR our online templates - Google Individual Reading Record template or Google Whole Class Reading Record template (please email for further details and instructions) which are accessible for editing through Google Apps for Education. Entries must be verified by a teacher, parent, carer, or librarian to indicate the student has read or shared in the reading of the book.
  • At the completion of the Challenge, the online School Verification Form External linkmust be submitted by 22 September 2017. This form requires details about the total number of students in each year level who successfully completed the 2017 Challenge. Please have a copy of your original School Registration Form available to assist with this process.
  • There is no prescribed Book List for the Challenge. Students, teachers, parents and carers can access Reading Tips on how to select a book and how to engage students in the Challenge.
  • Prizes will be awarded to winning schools at the Awards Ceremony on 22 November 2017 (TBC) at the National Library of Australia.

Students in Preschool to Year 2

  • Students in Preschool, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 can read books themselves or with someone else.
  • Students may list books that are read to them on their Student Reading Record.
  • Students may also read books in their home language.

Students in Year 3 to Year 8

Students in Years 3 to 8 may read books of their own choice, including in their home language.