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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.

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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9 October 2020

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Welcome back to the Reading Challenge
21 September 2020

It’s the start of another school year, and 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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Get the resources and support you need to promote reading in your school or community

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