Five ways to enter the Pupil Reading Journey challenge

Children sharing a book

Although school closures have meant some disruption to this year’s Reading Challenge, we know that many pupils across Scotland have been on fantastic reading journeys this year. Submissions to the Reading Challenge are still open for you to share your experiences with us until the deadline on 15 May 2020.

If you work in a primary school and would like to share your pupils’ experiences with us, why not enter the Pupil Reading Journey challenge? You can use existing evidence, or set it to pupils as a home learning task, and it’s quick and easy to submit the entries on our website. Here’s some more information and examples of how to enter.

What is the challenge all about?

The Pupil Reading Journey challenge celebrates the positive reading experiences  of individuals and groups - whatever those look like! Challenge entries can focus on a special event or moment, like meeting an author or finding a book that they loved for the first time, or they could reflect a longer reading journey over the course of the year, including trying different books, taking part in a fun project or being part of a paired reading programme.

Pupils can work on their entries individually or in groups (e.g. a class or book club), although we understand that group entries will not be easy to organise at the moment, so the ideas below focus on individual entries which could be set as home learning tasks.


A drawing is a great way to enter this challenge, particularly for younger children. Children might like to draw their favourite story or an event from during the year that had an impact on them, like World Book Day. A sentence or two from the child can provide more detail, and we would encourage teachers submitting drawings to add a sentence or two of their own to let us know how reading has impacted this pupil.

Mind map

Children of all ages might enjoy putting together a mind map of their reading journey. This is a great bridge between a drawn or written entry as pupils can include their thoughts on particular books and what reading means to them, along with drawings or photos, and make it colourful too!

Comic strip

If you have any comic fans in your class, encourage them to create a comic strip of their reading journey. They can be the lead character and can use the panels to show the different moments along the way, using words and pictures to show how reading makes them feel.

Piece of writing

Let your pupils put their reading journey into their own words in a piece of writing. The pupils can simply tell us about their journey, or use a particular format like a letter or diary entry. Pupils could even present it as a travel log of the places they’ve visited in books, or come up with a creative idea of their own.


If your pupils are confident in front of the camera, a video entry could be perfect for them! Pupils can talk to camera about their reading journey, how they feel about books and any memorable moments from during the year. If they prefer, they could create a stop motion animation to share their journey instead.

Whatever format suits your pupils, we would love to receive their entries! To get them started, you could ask them a few questions, such as how do they feel about reading? What stands out to them when they think about their reading this year?

Entries should be submitted by a member of staff through the Reading Challenge website. If you are inputting more than one entry, please enter them separately to aid the judging process. If you have any questions, please contact

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