This year, everyone has faced uncertainty and disruption to their work. But one thing that has stayed consistent is your commitment to promoting reading to children and young people. If you’ve encouraged reading during lockdown, enjoyed an online author event or kept children and young people reading over Teams, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’ve been using our resources or doing your own thing, we want to celebrate the work you do to nurture a love of reading, especially in trying times.
There are different challenges for primary schools, secondary schools, libraries and community groups.
If the judges choose your entry, you could win a national award and new books for your school, library or community group.
After you submit your entry, we'll send materials to hold your own book-themed party to celebrate your reading journey this year. You’ll also get to take part in our Reading Challenge Celebration Festival from 14 June, which will host exciting online author events and fun activity ideas.
Entries can be in whatever format suits you best. This could be a piece of writing, a film, photo diary, presentation or mind map. You don't need to make something new; evidence you already have – such as photos and videos from social media – is fine too.
We can accept files as an online attachment or through Dropbox. The most important thing is that we can see how your school, library or community group has built a reading culture over the past year. You can show where you started on your reading journey and where you are now, and showcase the impact your work has had on the children and young people you work with.
All entries are submitted online. See our step-by-step guide to submitting your entry.
Help and support
Check out our resources to get inspiration on what to include in your challenge entry. We've created separate resources for primary schools, secondary schools, libraries and community groups, so you'll find the right information to suit your setting.
We'll also be running an online webinar to support you in submitting your challenge entry on Thursday 25 March: Submitting an entry to the Reading Challenge.
The deadline for submissions to the First Minister's Reading Challenge 2021 is Thursday 29 April at 5pm.
You don't need to have registered for the challenge at the start of the year to submit an entry. If you've been working to build a reading culture in your school, you can sign up and enter a challenge any time before the deadline.