Book lists

The book list provides a broad range of books for the challenge. Students, parents and educators can choose appropriate reading material for each challenger.

Books are added to the list regularly by an expert panel that includes teachers and librarians. No books have been deleted from the challenge lists for 2019.

Choosing age appropriate books

Not all books on the list are recommended text for all children.

The online system allows a student to select any book from the book list, regardless of the year level to which it has been allocated. Readers can choose what interests them and what doesn’t. Teachers or coordinators approve, through online verification, each student’s reading list as appropriate and challenging for the individual.

If you have any concerns about the content of titles on the book lists, we encourage you to become involved in your child's book selections so they are appropriate.

2019 book lists

Excel format

Excel format allows flexibility in using the book list data. You can manipulate the data and be selective in what you choose to print. Select landscape when you print Excel spreadsheets.

PDF format

Each title on these lists has been allocated to the year level or levels for which it is usually most appropriate. A number of titles therefore appear on more than one list.

The list of books for year 9 and 10 is for mature readers. The list includes a range of young adult titles from which students, parents and teachers can choose reading material which is appropriate for each individual.

The books on this list are diverse in style and contain a broad range of themes and ideas. They reflect the reading habits and choices made by some young adolescents. The inclusion of a book on this list does not mean it is a recommended text for all students.

New for June 2019


You can submit suggestions you have for additions to the book lists. All suggestions for newly published books to be added to the challenge lists must be made through the submission form.

Suggestions submitted by 31 March will be considered for the mid-year update of the book lists. Suggestions submitted between 1 April and 31 August will be considered for the following year's book lists.

Books are added to the list regularly by an expert panel which includes teachers and librarians.

Suggest a book for the next challenge list.

Where to get books for the Challenge

You should be able to find many suitable books in your school or local library. You may have books at home that you can add to your children’s reading lists. Remember too that you can add books that are not listed on the challenge book list - these can be added as personal choice books.

The Vision Australia Information Library Service provides services to persons with a print disability under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). In Victoria it has the status of a public library ensuring free membership for persons with a print disability. Membership is only available to persons with a print disability as defined by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

To assist our junior members and their parent/guardian, books within the collection which are listed on the PRC are tagged and searchable under Premiers' Reading Challenge and the year categories.

For more information, see: Vision Australia Library

Errors, omissions and out of print books

The 2019 book list can be readily updated to rectify errors in bibliographic details or in representing books in a series, or omissions from a series. The book list can also be searched by the category 'Out of print'.

If you notice errors, omissions or titles which are out of print, email the Premier's Reading Challenge team.