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We believe that reading has the power to change lives and that developing a love of reading in childhood can have a huge impact on educational attainment and future wellbeing. 

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. We’re supporting schools, libraries and communities across Scotland to develop reading cultures and give very child in Scotland the opportunity to experience the benefits – and the fun – of reading for pleasure. 

Who can take part

All public libraries in Scotland can register to take part. You can take part as a whole library, or as individual groups within your library. The Reading Challenge is also open to primary schools, secondary schools and community groups. 


Benefits of registration

Registration for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge allows you to:

  • order reading passports for individual participants. Both English and Gaelic language passports are available
  • order group passports for your groups, which are wall charts that participants can use together to log their reading
  • access our huge range of downloadable resources and guides. You can preview all of the resources here, and log in to download them
  • submit your Reading Challenge stories to us for a chance to win awards and attend our Celebration event


How to take part

  1. Register your library
    A key contact should register the library for the challenge, and order any reading passports required. Registration is quick and easy. If you have any issues with registration, please contact us.
  2. Ask staff to sign up
    Once the library has been registered by a key contact, additional staff can register for staff accounts and register their own groups. 
  3. Get reading!
  4. Enter the Challenges
    We want to hear all about your reading journey!


Library challenge

Libraries can enter the Library Reading Culture Challenge.

Challenge submissions will be open on the website very soon, and you can enter any time before the closing day on 1 May 2019.

Library Reading Culture Challenge

In this challenge we want to hear about how your public library has inspired children to read for pleasure through the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Let us know:

  • How children have been involved in the library e.g. through events, book clubs, creating book recommendation displays
  • The impact on the children you have worked with

Your entry can be in any format, from a written document, to a PowerPoint presentation or a video made in collaboration with families using the library, it’s up to you. You can find more information on entering in the Submission Guide for Public Libraries. 


Resources and inspiration

In our resources section we have a variety of downloadable and adaptable resources available for staff. Resources can be filtered by type and theme, making it as easy as possible to find something that works for you.

Everyone who registers for the Challenge will also be sent regular email updates about taking part, full of support and ideas. You may unsubscribe from these emails at any time without affecting your participation in the First Minister's Reading Challenge.



We will be organising drop-in information sessions which libraries and community groups can come along to if they want to find out more about the Reading Challenge, make connections in their local community and get some ideas and inspiration to help them build a reading culture. If you would be interested in attending or hosting one of these sessions, please get in touch with us!



Technical support


Reading passports

Key contacts will have the opportunity to order reading passports for their library when they register for the Reading Challenge. Passports are available in English language, Gaelic and as group passports, which are wall charts for your classroom. Individual Passports are recommended for primary school age children.

If you didn't order reading passports during registration and now want to, or if you need more, please contact us and we will arrange for you to receive them. You can also download PDF copies of the passports and additional pages if you have access to a printer.


Changing your library's Key Contact

If you need to change your library's Key Contact, please just contact us and we will be happy to help you.


Challenge submissions

The Library Reading Culture Challenge will open for submissions soon, and will be open until 1 May 2019.

There is no set format to submit to the Challenge, and we encourage you to tell us your library's stories in the way that is best for you.

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