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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 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!

Findochty Primary pupils
Findochty Reads - Building and sustaining our reading culture
16 November 2020

Having established a successful reading culture within Findochty Primary, we thought long and hard about how to keep things fresh and engaging for all of our children.

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Family in library
Support for libraries to keep sharing a love of reading
9 November 2020

Libraries are at the heart of our reading culture, offering books, resources and expertise to the whole community. While schools and libraries were closed, the free provision of e-books and audio books through library services helped keep Scotland reading.

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

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