Welcome to the 2017 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
Together with former Premiers John Cain, Jeff Kennett, Steve Bracks, John Brumby, Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine, I would like to declare the 13th annual Premiers’ Reading Challenge open, and wish this year’s participants the best of luck in their reading adventures.
Underpinned by a strong literacy focus, the Government’s Education State agenda ensures that all Victorian children and young people have the chance to succeed in learning and in life, regardless of background or circumstance.
We know that reading plays a critical role in literacy development and future educational success, which is why we have set ambitious targets to have more students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading. The Challenge will help us reach this goal.
For 12 years, the Challenge has engaged and inspired children and families to discover the joys of reading a book together. Four years ago, the Challenge expanded to include young children from birth to five, in recognition of the strong evidence that shows reading to young children promotes brain development and language learning. The success of the Challenge continues, with more than 230,000 children and students joining the Challenge last year.
A child’s love of books is born through exposure to reading and literature. Whether riding a broomstick with Harry Potter, hiding deep in the Australian bush with Hush, or roaring a terrible roar at the Wild Things rumpus, reading can transport children to different lands, expand their knowledge, build their vocabulary and broaden their horizons.
I wish all children and students undertaking the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge in 2017 a fun, enjoyable and fulfilling experience, and look forward to hearing of the discoveries and achievements of those who accept this year’s Challenge.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP
Premier of Victoria