The 2019 Premiers' Reading Challenge wrapped up in early September with a massive total of 4.3 million books read by children and students across the state.
Over 11,400 children from birth to pre-school took part in the early years challenge, enjoying and experiencing over 40 books each. This is the highest completion rate for this group since the Challenge first expanded to include pre-school children in 2012.
This successful result was supported by the over 330 early childhood services who took part and over 620 families who participated at home. Everyone involved recently received their certificates, which recognise the importance of reading for building literacy from birth.
This year, we also launched the Little Reader Photo Share competition to showcase reading at home. We received so many photos every week of parents, siblings, and even great-grandparents reading with their little ones in so many different locations, it was hard to pick a winner! It was great to see families reading books at home, in the garden, at the library and even on an aeroplane.
Each winning entry received a Penguin prize pack of two recently published picture books and a library bag. Congratulations to all the participants as well as their educators, teachers and parents who championed reading at their early childhood service, school and home.
Visit the Premiers' Reading Challenge Facebook page
See the fourteen winners of the Little Reader Photo Share
We look forward to your participation in the next Premiers' Reading Challenge, which will start again in March 2020.