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First Minister's Reading Challenge

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge aims to help children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18 develop a love of reading

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What is the First Minister's Reading Challenge?

We challenge you to start your reading journey and to help children and young people discover the power of reading. If you work with young people aged 5-18, the First Minister's Reading Challenge is open for you.

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Primary schools

Bring reading to life for your pupils with our resources, reading passports and book suggestions

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Secondary schools

Kickstart your reading journey and engage teens and young people in your secondary school

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Libraries

Showcase the work you're doing in libraries to help children and young people discover the joy of reading

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Community groups

Help young people discover the power of reading for pleasure in your community setting

Find out more about the Reading Challenge

Resources and inspiration

We have lots of resources available to help you on your reading journey, from guides to taking part and lesson plans to quizzes and games.

Book discovery guide
Book Discovery Guide

Research by the Open University shows that teacher knowledge of contemporary children's books makes a big difference when it comes to instilling a love of reading in pupils.

This Book Discovery Guide, produced by Scottish Book Trust for the First Minister's Reading Challenge, is full of book recommendations and themed booklists to help you find great reads for primary and secondary school pupils, including:

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Reading resolutions examples
Reading Resolutions

A new year or term is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your pupils' interest in reading, and one way to do this is by setting a reading resolution. This resource contains a variety of suggestions for resolutions for the year ahead, split into primary and secondary. You or your pupils can select one of these, or be inspired to create your own.
 

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Passport
Digital Reading Passport

Children can track their reading journey using these digital versions of the reading passport. 

There are English and Gaelic versions below, including an accessible plain-text word document version. Children can fill in their passport digitally, and use the copy and paste function to add room for more books if they need to!

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Case studies and inspiration

Our blog is full of ideas about building a reading culture and encouraging young people to read for pleasure, with case studies from participants, book suggestions and more!

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'Growing Up in a Pandemic': a Workshops-funded project from Simpson Library Bathgate, West Lothian
7 November 2022

'Growing Up in a Pandemic' was the focal theme for our partnership project between Simpson Library in Bathgate, Bathgate Academy and Ellie Stewart.

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Finding inspiration for your Workshop funding application
28 October 2022

We can't believe it's already November and almost time to award our exciting funding opportunities!  

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