First Minister’s Reading Challenge

Encourage more girls and young women aged 5-18 to read for fun by taking on the First Minister’s Reading Challenge with your unit!

All you have to do is sign up for your chance to get access to lots of great resources and support to help girls explore the world around them through reading more.

What to do

You can download and print off the resources today on the community groups section of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge website. The challenge can be adapted to suit your unit. Either use one or two of the resources or create a plan for how you’re going to make reading for fun a top priority over time – it’s up to you!

You can order reading passports where the girls can record what they’ve been reading and their thoughts, or you can do this as a unit with a group passport. For example, if Rainbows are working towards their Book lover badge, there are templates for the book reviews they need to submit to gain their badge that can be printed off and filled in.

Fun activities to try

If you need some 20 minute activities to kick things off, you could try our book blurb quiz, or a reading treasure hunt, ready to download and go.

How do I register?

If you have any questions, you can email, and you can register Happy reading!

What’s next?

A reading  journey is worth celebrating! Have you been taking part in the challenge by helping your unit discover the power of reading for pleasure? Now you can show anything reading-related that you’ve done with your girls in the form of pictures, videos or a paragraph of writing (be as creative as you like) and submit it here by 1 May 2019.

In return you’ll be sent a party pack, so you can celebrate your efforts with a book-themed bash with your unit. You’ll also be in with a chance of winning money for books, to fuel your new‐found reading culture. Just follow the instructions and guidance on how to submit your entry.