Registrations for the 2019 Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge are now open for children and students from birth to Year 10.
For 15 years, the Premiers' Reading Challenge has inspired children to read more and read widely, in a way that is fun and helps develop their literacy skills.
Research shows that regular reading with young children improves their performance in school and cognitive skills later in life.
As part of the Premiers' Reading Challenge for the Early Years, over 9,500 of our youngest Victorians completed the challenge last year and experienced 40 books with the help of their families.
This year, the early childhood illustration was created by Melbourne-based illustrator Adele Thomas, who created the image to spark children's imagination.
Adele says she hopes that her illustrations will encourage a child, or a parent of a child, to say 'hey, do you want to draw that? Do you want to read something like that?'
Since the Challenge began in 2005, more than 2.8 million students in Victoria have read nearly 49 million books. To register or find out more about Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge, visit the PRC webpage.
The Challenge closes on 6 September 2019.