13 May, 2019 –
Ready, set, read! The Premier’s Reading Challenge is now on for students from Prep to Year 9. We want all children around the state to have a strong foundation in literacy and that’s what the Challenge is all about.
Last year more than 181,000 young Queenslanders took part in the challenge, including individual readers and participants from 1,012 schools and 388 early childhood education and care services, reading more than 2.46 million books.
Students who speak English as an additional language, along with Indigenous students, may choose to read books in their first language. Suggested book titles in Indonesian and Italian will be available for the first time this year along with Chinese, French, German and Japanese, as well as English.
Students with disability or those who do not speak or read Standard Australian English at home can engage with books such as those in large print, braille or audio.
For more info on the 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge visit https://readingchallenge.education.qld.gov.au/
Ready Readers – call for Volunteers
I encourage parents and grandparents to register with Volunteering Queensland for the Ready Reading program. This program was relaunched last year after it was scrapped by the LNP Government in 2012 and is helping to build the capacity of schools to share the love of reading with their students.
Ready Reading is looking to train around 3,000 volunteers to go into schools to support students’ reading. To become a volunteer visit https://volunteeringqld.org.au/