The Hon. Michael O’Brien MP is encouraging Malvern students to participate in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge by borrowing books from their school and local libraries this year.
Mr O’Brien said that the Coalition Government has provided $4.4 million over 4 years to help libraries across Victoria stock books that are of interest to young people.
“The Challenge was a great way of keeping students interested in reading outside the classroom and nurturing their inner-bookworm,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Last year more than 220,000 young students read more than 4 million books, and we’re hoping that with the inclusion of infants, pre-prep and prep-students, even more children will discover a love of reading.”
The Premiers’ Reading Challenge encourages students up to and including year 10 to read a minimum number of books between now and 12 September 2013, including many from the
recommended reading list.
The minimum number of books for each grade level is:
• pre-school children are challenged to read 40 books;
• prep to Grade 2 students are challenged to read 30 books; and
• readers in Grades 3 to 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
Books can also be read in languages other than English.
Each participant who reaches the target for their age group will receive a signed certificate from the Premier of Victoria.
“All participants are encouraged to utilise the local library facilities we have available in Malvern,” said Mr O’Brien.
“The Easter break is a great chance to get a head start on your reading list.”
For more information about the 2013 Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/prc.