Take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is an inclusive and flexible project to encourage children and young people to experience the benefits – and the fun – of reading for pleasure. This year we have designed new challenges and resources specifically for secondary schools, public libraries and community groups as well as primary schools. So there is lots to explore and get excited about regardless of your setting! 

Register at www.readingchallenge.scot to put a focus on reading for pleasure and celebrate everything you are doing to help young people aged 5-18 develop a love of reading. You can tell us about your year of reading by entering one of many challenges specitic to your setting and celebrate your reading journey. Details of each of the different challenges can be found at www.readingchallenge.scot. By registering to take part, you will gain access to a fabulous library of learning resources to help you build a reading culture in your setting. However you want to approach the challenge, we are sure we will have a resource to suit you! Here are 5 highlights from our resources section to show you what’s on offer.

Building a Reading Culture

We have a number of guides which outline the key ingredients to a reading culture in your setting. Whether you work in a primary school, secondary school, library or community group setting there’s one for you.

Book Shelf Recommendation Cards

Along with our written guides, we have printable resources for the children to use. You can give children the special job of recommending their favourite books to other library visitors with our book shelf recommendation   cards. We have a variety of beautiful designs with space for their review or a short sentence on why they would recommend this book.

Treasure Hunt

We have some fun activity resources in our Treasure Hunt- Upper Primary Pack which you can use with children in your setting, like this treasure hunt pack complete with rhymes and riddles.

Reading Across the Curriculum in Secondary School

If you have a few different departments keen to get involved but need some inspiration about how to create a cross-curricular project around reading, our Reading Across the Curriculum resource is for you. We have collected some of our favourite real-life examples from schools across Scotland, covering everything from creating murals inspired by stories of migration to learning survival skills for a zombie apocalypse.

St Andrew’s & St Bride’s Case Study & Video

Finally, case studies and videos from our secondary pilot schools offer great insight into how the Reading Challenge can look in different contexts. St Andrew’s & St Bride’s High School in South Lanarkshire found that small changes across the school made a big difference, so there are loads of ideas for you to take away and implement in your own school. Find out more about their reading journey here


We are holding information events for FMRC in various locations across Scotland so if you’re keen to find out more and make link with other practitioners sign up for one here or get in touch with us if you’d like us to visit your local authority.  


We want to hear from you about how the First Minister’s Reading Challenge has inspired the young people you work with to read for pleasure. Tell us what you’ve been getting up to on Twitter @FMReadChallenge – it’s also a great place to go for inspiring ideas from teachers and librarians from across Scotland!