Premier's Reading Challenge

16 Oct 2019
Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to:

  • Encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading.
  • Improve literacy levels.

The Challenge requires students to read 12 books between the beginning of the school year and early September.

More than 124,200 students from over 96% of South Australian schools as well as home education students complete the Challenge. Many students read far more than 12 books.

55 schools with outstanding achievement will be invited to the Premier’s Reception in November each year and will receive books and a certificate for their school from the Premier. Schools that continue their outstanding achievement in future years will be sent a certificate signed by the Premier.

Students can read a combination of books from the Challenge booklists and books of their own choosing and they can choose to read books in languages other than English. The book lists are available on the Premier’s Reading Challenge website.

  • Reception to Year 7 students select at least 8 books from the booklists on the Premier’s Reading Challenge website and 4 books of their own choice.
  • Year 8 and Year 9 students select at least 4 books from the Premier’s Reading.
  • Challenge booklists and 8 books of their own choice.
  • Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students select 12 books of their own choice at an appropriate literacy level.
  • Students are encouraged to keep reading once they have completed 12 books.


  • From 29 January 2019 - Premier's Reading Challenge starts.
  • 6 September 2019 - Reading concludes for the 2019 Challenge.
  • By mid-late November - awards arrive in schools.
  • By the end of November home education awards are posted to the home address.
  • Students awarded certificates and medals at individual school presentations from mid-November.

For further information teachers, parents and students can access the details on line via