Here's the rules you need to follow to meet the challenge.
For school students
If you're a student in prep to year 10 you need to:
register as a challenger and
keep a record of your reading on the challenge website
- read a certain number of books during the challenge, as shown below. Students in prep, year 1 and year 2 can read books by themselves or with some one else.
- get a coordinator at your school to confirm that you've read the books you've registered online
- make sure all your information is completed online by the date set by your school or by the
closing date of the challenge if you are a home-based reader.
Number of books you need to read
Prep to year 2
Number of books: 30
Number of books from the challenge book list: 20 or more
Year 3 to year 9
Number of books: 15
Number of books from the challenge book list: 10 or more
Number of books: 15
Number of books from the challenge book list: 5 or more
What you can read
Most of the books you read should be from the challenge book lists. The rest can be any book you choose.
You can read books on the book list for your year level or a
level above and they will count towards your challenge total. You should
check with your teachers or parents if you are not in Year 9 or 10 and
want to read a book from that list. This list includes
titles for mature readers.
You can read a book from a level below your year level if your teacher agrees. You still need to
read the number of books for your year level to meet the challenge.
You can also count the books you read for the MS Readathon in the
For children below school age
The guidelines are:
- each child must be registered as a challenger online and their parent or guardian must keep a record of their reading
- the child must be a young child who is not yet attending a school or is not of school age
- between February
and 7 September 2018* each child must read or have read with them 40
books. There are lots of suggestions for books on the challenge book list.
- children can read books by themselves or with someone else,
for example, a parent or guardian, carer, brother or sister, buddy or
friend. This support is important if the child is just learning to read.
child’s parent, guardian or the challenge coordinator at the early
childhood service must verify the child has read the correct number of
books and update their online record to reflect this
- an email
will be sent one month before the challenge finishes to remind the early
childhood service to log in and verify the records.
- All information must be completed online before 7 September 2018.
Early childhood services can set their own timelines
within the challenge key dates. Please check with