NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is encouraging school students to find the same joy in books that she has had since she was a child.

"It's important for children to discover what books have to offer because we know a passion for learning will set them up for the future," Ms Berejiklian said.

"The great thing about books is they cover just about any issue or story you can imagine."

The challenge is not a competition, but a way to foster a love of reading for pleasure in kindergarten to year 9 students in NSW government, independent, Catholic and home schools.

Premier Berejiklian has previously spoken about how, as a child of Armenian immigrants, her passion for reading books helped her to learn English when she started school.

"I would love to see as many children as possible develop an interest in reading like I did when I was at school," she said.

Students must finish between 20 and 30 books (depending on their age) to complete the challenge before it closes on August 20.

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