The Premier’s Reading Challenge has returned in 2019 and the initiative’s partner, QSuper, recently opened entries for Queensland school students to nominate their favourite books to win their school an exclusive workshop with an award-winning author. In 2018, more than 180,000 Queensland children read more than 2.46 million books as part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

QSuper CEO Michael Pennisi said he looked forward to uncovering the favourite books of today’s young Queenslanders through the Top 5 book challenge.“We are partnering with the Premier’s Reading Challenge to inspire a love of reading in students and to help to increase literacy rates across the state,” Mr Pennisi said. “To show our commitment to Queensland education and supporting the amazing work of all Queensland teachers we are offering schools the opportunity to win an exclusive writing workshop with author, Aleesah Darlison.”

Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Australian author who has published more than 45 books in the last decade. “I am excited to be involved in this incredible initiative again and was touched by the reception from the school who won the challenge last year. It’s rewarding to see the workshops create a buzz about books and reading in the community,” Aleesah said. “People really underestimate the power of being able to read and write, and I think it’s so important to give kids the time to read, write and dream in today’s busy world. “I know it will be hard to only nominate five books with so many fantastic books available, but I want to encourage young readers to fill up their imagination with as many stories as they can!”

The students with the winning nominations will win a one of a kind writing workshop for their school. There are also eight $500 book vouchers to be won. The competition closes on August 19.

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