NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and enables them to experience quality literature.

The challenge encourages students to read, to read more and read more widely.

Each year around 425,000 K-10 students participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge and across the state students read over 8,500,000 books as part of the challenge.

2022 Challenge dates

  • Challenge opens: Monday 28 February 2022
  • Challenge closes for student entries: Friday 19 August 2022
  • Challenge closes for coordinator validations: Friday 2 September 2022

Further information can be found on the PRC website.

Visit the PRC Arts Unit page to watch author and illustrator videos.

To enquire about partnership opportunities email be@det.nsw.edu.au

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Image: 2022 Premiers Reading Challenge poster

Words and Art Competition

The Words and Art Competition ran between 2016 and 2020 and invited students to respond to their favourite book from the Premier's Reading Challenge book list by creating an artwork, illustration, drawing, painting, graphic interpretation, video or written response.

Winners in the competition received a prize author visit for their school.

Previous Words and Art winners and authors

K-2 - Jiwon Yoo, Homebush West Public School (Aura Parker)

3-6 - Hana Lee, Castle Cove Public School (Jacqueline Harvey)

7-9 - Jimin Song, Strathfield Girls High School (A.L. Tait)


competition did not run


K-2 - Year 2, class collage, Belrose Public School (Tom Jellett)

3-6 - Ivy Kim, Strathfield South Public School (R.A. Spratt)

7-9 - Emily Yun, Hornsby Girls High School (Adam Spencer)


K-2 - Alison Lee, Haberfield Public School (Gus Gordon)

3-6 - Suenna Jeong, Blaxcell Street Public School (Jacqueline Harvey)

7-9 - Vishalini Uthayaseelan, Hornsby Girls High School (Will Kostakis)


K-2 - Ivy Kim, Strathfield South Public School (Belinda Murrell)

3-6 - Riddhi Ramekar, Kellyville Ridge Public School (Kate and Jol Temple)

7-9 - Haichen Jiang, Penrith High School (Christopher Richardson)

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