Chief Minister's Reading Challenge

The Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge encourages students to read more books for pleasure.

Every student from Transition to Year 6 in the Northern Territory is challenged to read 12 books in 24 weeks. Eligible books include printed books, digital books and audiobooks. For younger children, a book that is read aloud by an adult counts towards their total.

The Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge starts on Friday 4 March 2022 (Term 1 Week 5) and closes on Friday 19 August 2022 (Term 3 Week 5).

Students who complete the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge will receive a personal certificate from the Chief Minister recognising their achievement. As they complete Reading Challenges in future years, they will be recognised with medals correlating with the number of Reading Challenges they have completed.

Register your school

Key dates

Term 1 2022

Term 1 Week 5 2022
(28 February to 4 March)

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge opens.

Term 3 Week 5 2022
(15 to 19 August)

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge closes.

Term 3 2022

  • Schools start collecting reading records.
  • Schools provide completion data for their students to the department by 31 August.

November 2022

  • Certificates and lapel pins arrive in schools by end of November.
  • Individual school awards and presentations.
  • Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge reception.

For principals

  • Complete this registration form to participate in the Reading Challenge.
  • Students who complete the Reading Challenge will receive personalised certificates. Your school will also receive a set of lapel pins for you to distribute as discretionary awards.

For teachers

  • Download and print one reading record for each student in your class. Your school can request printed copies by emailing cmrc.doe@education.nt.gov.au.
  • Encourage students to keep reading!
  • At the end of the Reading Challenge, confirm that the student has read 12 books.
  • Check the box in the Student Assessment Information System (SAIS) for each successful student.

For students

  • Write your name on your reading record and keep it in a safe place.
  • Write the name of every book you read on your record. Ask your parent/carer or teacher to initial each book you add to the record.
  • At the end of the Reading Challenge, ask your parent/carer to sign off your record. Then ask your teacher to sign off your reading record.
  • Your certificate will arrive at your school. Congratulations!

Suggested implementation timeline for schools PDF (412.9 KB)

Print one reading record for every student participating in the Reading Challenge.

Students should keep their reading record in a safe place and update it regularly with titles of books that they have read. They should ask their parent/carer or teacher to initial each book added to the reading record.

Student reading record PDF (386.6 KB)

A booklist of suggested titles has been developed by the Department of Education and Libraries & Archives NT. The booklist includes reading resources in first languages.

The booklist will assist schools in selecting quality texts that are available. Schools using Reading Challenge grants to buy books should be guided by the booklist and consultation with local public libraries.

The Reading Challenge booklist is inclusive and incorporates a diverse and wide range of stories and perspectives.

Students are encouraged to select books from the booklist, but this is not mandatory.

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge booklist (Transition to Year 2) PDF (458.9 KB)

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge booklist (Year 3 to Year 4) PDF (458.4 KB)

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge booklist (Year 5 to Year 6) PDF (116.6 KB)

Information about booklist PDF (96.6 KB)

Students can read any books, but books on the Reading Challenge booklist are recommended. Students can read books in a variety of formats including print, digital, audiobooks and graphic novels. For younger children, a book that is read aloud by an adult counts toward their total.

Students are encouraged to join their local public library and explore a wide range of titles.

BorrowBox, an online platform available through all NT public libraries, also offers access to eAudiobooks and eBooks with dyslexic friendly text.

To access BorrowBox you will need to be a member of a Northern Territory public library. If you are already a member you can use your existing library membership.

Once you have a library membership, please download the BorrowBox app on your smart device and log in using your library card number and password. If you are not a library member or have forgotten your password, please contact your local library.

Joining a Northern Territory public library

Northern Territory residents are eligible to join any NT public library service. To join contact your library service: Find a library in the NT - NT.GOV.AU

Remote schools are invited to apply for a grant to support book purchases for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.

For more information and to apply for the remote grant, please contact cmrc.doe@education.nt.gov.au.

Students with disability can access books in alternative formats. Students are encouraged to listen to audiobooks, have books read to them or read graphic novels.

Public libraries have access to different formats such as audiobooks, dyslexic friendly texts and graphic novels. BorrowBox, an online platform available through NT public libraries, also offers access to eAudiobooks and eBooks with dyslexic friendly texts.

Reading Challenge booklists are inclusive and incorporate a diverse and wide range of stories and perspectives.

Home-education students may register for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge by calling 08 8944 9214 or emailing homeeducation.doe@education.nt.gov.au.

All materials are available on this website and we look forward to you participating in the challenge.


Last updated: 16 February 2022

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