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

Focus on reading for pleasure in a way that suits your school


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

Community group
Community groups

Help young people 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!

A family attending Bankier Reading Lunch
Little things make a big difference
6 March 2020

When you're building a reading culture, it can be hard to know where to start – there are so many different directions you could go in, and you might need to balance your ideas with the amount of time or resources you have available.

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Children at event
Get ready for World Book Day
18 February 2020

As primary and secondary schools, libraries and community groups everywhere get ready for World Book Day on 5 March, we wanted to share some ideas to help you have your best reading celebration yet. Just one day of celebrating books and reading didn't feel like enough f

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Get the resources and support you need to promote reading in your school or community

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