Kids called to book in time for reading challenge

Alistair Brightman

QUEENSLAND kids are being encouraged to discover the joy of reading and boost their literary skills by taking part in this year's Premier's Reading Challenge.

Premier Campbell Newman launched the challenge today.

"Reading is a vital skill and the annual challenge, now in its ninth year, encourages students to experience the joy of reading," he said.

"It is especially great for younger kids who are still at the stage of exploring story books.

"The books and authors that children develop an affinity with at an early age can stay with them throughout their lives."
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek encouraged students to register for the challenge.

"Last year more than 735 schools and 118,500 students participated in the challenge," he said.

"More than 84,000 students successfully completed the challenge and read more than 1.7 million books.

"We had a great participation rate in 2013 but it would be great to see even more students commit to the challenge this year."

To meet the challenge students must read and record all the books they have read between May 20 and September 5.

The record must be lodged before September 12.

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