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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Register now!

Register your school or class to take part in the First Minister's Reading Challenge

How does it work?

Sign up

Register your school and 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

Take part now

Register now to take part in this year's Reading Challenge!

Why take part?

Watch teachers and pupils discuss the benefits of taking part in the First Minister's Reading Challenge

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Start your reading journey

With over 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

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

From our blog

Ainslie MacKinnon, class teacher, discusses how she revolutionised her approach to reading in the classroom to create a positive reading culture and encourage reluctant readers.

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Children sharing a book

Book Week Scotland is the perfect time to launch the First Minister's Reading Challenge, but these activities are also great for holding a reading celebration at any time of the year!

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We love to encourage pupil voice through the First Minister's Reading Challenge, so here's a blog written by Aaynaan Patankar on her reading journey so far, including her reading recommendations

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