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First Minister's Reading Challenge

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

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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

Libraries
Libraries

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.

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Keeping your reading culture alive during lockdown

This resource provides support and ideas to help you continue to build a strong reading culture.

We have included examples from schools and libraries across Scotland to give you a flavour of how other educational settings are adapting to the current situation. You do not need to use all the activities in this resource; choose activities that suit you, your setting and your school priorities.

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Reading Resolutions

Use this short resource to choose a reading resolution to inspire your pupils this year. The resource includes sample resolutions for primary and secondary pupils, or pupils can make up their own. Resolutions have been chosen with school closures in mind, so this is a great activity to set you pupils remotely.

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Using Bookzilla in your Secondary School

Bookzilla is Scottish Book Trust's free app for early secondary school students in Scotland, designed by and with teenagers. The app encourages pupils to read for pleasure, whether they are already regular readers or just embarking on their reading journey, including book recommendations, ratings and reading dares.

This resource includes ideas for using the app in school, including activities to use in school library sessions, class time and book group meetings.

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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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Fewer books, more engagement with Carmuirs Primary School
20 October 2021

Mary Jalland, Primary 1 teacher at Carmuirs Primary School in Falkirk, writes about her innovative approach to engaging younger readers with books by offering a curated, smaller choice of titles.

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Welcome back to the Reading Challenge
1 October 2021

We can’t believe it’s October already and we’re into another year of the First Minister's Reading Challenge! We’ve been delighted to see so many of you register for this year’s challenge already.

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