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!

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Narrowing the attainment gap and creating a kinder curriculum
12 November 2018

Professor Sue Ellis works at Strathclyde University and is involved in literacy research on raising attainment, shortening the ‘tail’ of underachievement and narrowing the attainment gap associated with poverty.

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How St Anthony’s Primary used Inspiring Classrooms Funding
6 November 2018

Last year was an amazing year of reading for us at St Anthony’s. Scottish Book Trust and the Inspiring Classrooms fund have been a massive part of our reading journey.

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

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