2021 Premier's Reading Challenge

PRC student site

Welcome to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is open to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. If you need help using the website and the answer cannot be found on the PRC Support site, please contact us at prc@det.nsw.edu.au 

The 2021 Challenge dates are as follows:
Challenge opens: Monday March 1, 2021
Challenge closes for students: Friday August 20, 2021
Challenge closes for coordinators: Friday September 3, 2021

Reading at home

Do you need access to books to read whilst learning at home? Many school and public libraries offer access to ebooks whilst access to their physical collection is limited. You can also check out our support article for more information about how you can find books to read at home. Please contact your school's PRC coordinator, teacher librarian or your classroom teacher for more help in accessing suitable reading material if needed. 

2021 Poster

The PRC poster for 2021 features artwork created by Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, a Bundjalung Woman and artist. Bronwyn has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 3 decades, and has written and/or illustrated 41 children's books. 

Dr Bancroft's rationale behind the design of the 2021 PRC artwork is as follows:

"The image I have created for the Premier's Reading Challenge is a visual affirmation of the importance of the oldest form of communication, oral history. Every generation learns from each other and this results in rich history that is vibrant and alive. Being able to put the stories of our people, our families and our struggles into book form is amazing. To share is to educate and assists in diminishing ignorance."

 The artwork highlights the journey of stories from their creators through the community, and is representative of the importance of sharing stories throughout all phases of our life and community. We are thrilled to be showcasing this vibrant and engaging artwork as part of the 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge, and trust that it will provide many opportunities to reflect on the importance of sharing stories and their roles in our communities. 

Writing and drawing with Mick!
Drawing with Mick

Join Mick Elliott as he takes us through his creative writing process, and take part in some great guided illustration sessions. Check out our Writing and Drawing with Mick page for more information on these sessions, including links to the videos which are available for you to use any time.

Want to hear more from some of our favourite authors and illustrators? Check out our 2017-2019 video galleries, which feature over 50 interviews! Who would you like to see an interview or workshop with? Let us know by emailing prc@det.nsw.edu.au!