Welcome to the

First Minister's Reading Challenge

Primary schools, secondary schools, community groups and libraries can now register to take part!

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What is the First Minister's Reading Challenge?

We challenge you to build a reading culture 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.

Primary school pupils
Primary schools

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

Secondary school pupils
Secondary schools

Put a focus on reading for pleasure in a way that suits your school, whether it's a whole school approach or a book group


We want to help you showcase the work you're doing to help children and young people discover the joy of reading

Community group
Community groups

If you work with children or young people outwith a school or library setting, help them discover the power of reading for pleasure

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!

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!

Pupils reading at St Andrew & St Bride's
Reading for Empathy, Identity and Wellbeing
11 February 2019

Susan Brownlie is an English teacher at St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School in East Kilbride, one of the six First Minister’s Reading Challenge secondary pilot schools. Prior to becoming a teacher, she spent a decade as a school librarian.

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Luke at Largs Library
Reading with Luke: Finding New Favourites
1 February 2019

Today I was going to ride my bike but it was raining so much I changed my mind. Just as well I had a fantastic book to read instead! I am reading The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell.

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