18 November 2021

Young Victorians in Wyndham are among more than 71,000 young Victorians who explored exciting new worlds and built their literacy skills this year as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, now in its seventeenth year.

Victorian kids aged from pre-school to Year 10 collectively made their way through more than 2.8 million books between March and September for the Challenge, which this year celebrated the theme ‘Open Up a New World’.

The annual challenge encourages enthusiastic readers across households, early childhood centres and schools to read a set number of books – including picture books, short stories, poems or non-fiction books –and record their efforts online.

The challenge sets kids a goal of 40 books for children below school age with their parents or carers, 30 books for Prep to Year 2 students with or without assistance, and 15 books for students in Years 3 to 10.

Of this year’s 71,342 participants, 8,315 readers were below school age – encouraging a love of books and stories in Victorian kids from a young age.

More than 12,000 books were listed on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge booklist for each age group to choose from, with titles curated by an expert panel including teachers and librarians.

The annual challenge receives support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund to help meet the extra demand for books.

An extra investment of $1.1 million will ensure all children have access to the listed books. Wyndham Council will receive $34,959 so they can buy the materials they need to support the 2022 Challenge.

More than 3.5 million young people have read more than 54 million books since the challenge began in 2005. Each participant who meets the challenge receives a certificate of achievement signed by all Premiers since 1992 – celebrating Victorian Governments’ decades-long commitment to literacy and a love of reading.

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“The ability to read opens doors to different worlds. Which is why it’s so important to give every Victorian child the opportunity to explore, imagine and create through reading books. Congratulations to all the students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge!”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“Well done to every Wyndham kid who has completed the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this year – I hope you had a great time exploring new worlds and improving your reading along the way.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy

“Reading is such an important skill that fosters a love of learning, I want to congratulate not only those children who picked up a book this year, but also those parents and carers who supported their child’s love of reading.”