Reading is just like sport – the more you practice the better you get.
That’s the message behind this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge which is teaming up with the Hawthorn Football Club to highlight the importance of reading.
We are giving the Challenge a fresh look and feel with new incentives to engage more students and keep them reading.
The aim of the Challenge is to improve the reading skills of primary-age children and to raise parent and community awareness about the importance of reading with children.
With the support of the Hawks we want to reach those who may not enjoy reading or who are struggling, and boys especially who to date have had lower rates of participation than girls.
There are new incentives to encourage kids to complete the Challenge (to read 10 books in 10 weeks) including Hawthorn football game tickets, school visits by football players and book prizes.
We are also introducing new Reading Ambassadors, made up of both players and students, to help keep kids motivated to complete the Challenge.
Last year 32,895 students took part with 13,334 completing the Challenge.
The Premier’s Reading Challenge runs from 13 June to 19 August 2017. For more information visit www.premiersreadingchallenge.tas.gov.au