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

Focus on reading for pleasure in a way that suits your school


Showcase the work you're doing to help children and young people discover the joy of reading

Community group
Community groups

Help young people 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!

Young boy reads under a cover by torchlight
​​​​​​​Medicine for the Mind: Reading for mental wellbeing during difficult times
26 May 2020

Jennifer Horan is a school librarian in South Lanarkshire who is currently pursuing a research degree in children’s literature and young people’s mental wellbeing. She is the chair of Youth Libraries Group Scotland and chair-elect of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2021.

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Child reading a book in the library
Inside Dundee Hub Community Library & Learning Centre
1 May 2020

Libraries taking part in the Reading Challenge have been busy all year promoting reading for pleasure and working with children and their families. We asked Dundee Hub Library to write about their approach.

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