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

Put a focus on reading for pleasure in a way that suits your school, whether it's a whole school approach or a book group


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

Community group
Community groups

If you work with children or young people outwith a school or library setting, help them 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!

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Six ways into creative writing
22 November 2019

A strong reading culture and a strong writing culture go hand in hand. By spending more time on creative writing, you can boost your reading and your writing culture in one go!

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Celebrating Book Week Scotland 2019
7 November 2019

If you're taking part in the Reading Challenge, make sure you mark your calendars for 18-24 November - it's Book Week Scotland and we can't wait to celebrate books and reading with you!&nbs

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Get the resources and support you need to promote reading in your school or community

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