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
What is the First Minister's Reading Challenge?
We challenge you to start your reading journey 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.
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.
Research by the Open University shows that teacher knowledge of contemporary children's books makes a big difference when it comes to instilling a love of reading in pupils.
This Book Discovery Guide, produced by Scottish Book Trust for the First Minister's Reading Challenge, is full of book recommendations and themed booklists to help you find great reads for primary and secondary school pupils, including:
A new year or term is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your pupils' interest in reading, and one way to do this is by setting a reading resolution. This resource contains a variety of suggestions for resolutions for the year ahead, split into primary and secondary. You or your pupils can select one of these, or be inspired to create your own.
Children can track their reading journey using these digital versions of the reading passport.
There are English and Gaelic versions below, including an accessible plain-text word document version. Children can fill in their passport digitally, and use the copy and paste function to add room for more books if they need to!