Welcome to the First Minister's Reading Challenge

The link between reading for pleasure and success in education beyond is well established, but how do we help children develop the reading habit?

Our Challenges, resources, book list and Inspiring Classrooms funding are designed to help you get primary school pupils reading  and to build and sustain a reading culture in your school. Select the Challenges that work best for your pupils and showcase your inspiring results!

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How does it work?

Sign up

Register your school and p4-7 classes to download resources and order Reading Passports for your pupils

Get reading!

Read for pleasure with your class and build links with your local library and community to celebrate reading

Submit results

Choose the Challenges that work for you and your pupils. You can enter any, or all, of the Challenges throughout the school year

Register for the Reading Challenge

Select the Challenges that work best for your school, class or individual pupils.

Resources for Teachers

We have a wide range of downloadable resources and templates to help you bring Challenges to life in the classroom!

Discover our resources

Start your reading journey

With three hundred children’s books covering a huge range of genres and topics, our reading list is designed to inspire teachers, pupils and parents to start and continue on reading journeys

From our blog

Children working on a project

Teacher Stephanie Bone shares her school's World Book Day celebrations

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School pupils reading

How one school encouraged reluctant readers to take part in the Reading Challenge

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Lesslie Oliver, owner of children’s bookshop The Bookworm in Selkirk, discusses the impact the First Minister’s Reading Challenge

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