Students from Kindergarten to Year 9 are being encouraged to jump into reading with the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.
The challenge encourages students across NSW to read between 20 and 30 books for leisure and pleasure, depending on their challenge level, from a reading list of quality literature.
NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said last year an additional 38,000 books were read and 165 more schools joined the challenge.
“It’s not too late for schools and students to join the Premier’s Reading Challenge. All you need to do is register, pick up a book and start reading,” Ms Mitchell said.
“The ability to read well is one of education’s greatest gifts, and everyone involved should be proud that the challenge continues to grow and encourages all students to explore the many benefits that result from a love of reading.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said last year almost nine million books were read during the challenge, a 5 per cent increase on previous years.
“It’s important for children to discover what books have to offer because we know a passion for learning will set them up for the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Whether it’s picking up a book to boost your knowledge, relax at the end of a hard day, or look for inspiration from great figures, reading offers so much for anyone at nearly any age.
“I would love to see as many children as possible develop an interest in reading like I did when I was at school.”