The program is an initiative of the NSW Premier and aims to promote an interest in reading for leisure and pleasure. Students in Kindergarten to Year 9, from government, Catholic, independent and home schools across NSW, are eligible to participate.

The program commenced in 2001 and plays an important role in enhancing literacy levels.

Students in Kindergarten to Year 9 are challenged to read a certain number of books in one year.  Specially selected booklists, compiled by teachers, teacher and public librarians and author representatives, enable students to enjoy quality literature. 

When students complete the challenge for four years, they receive a Premier's Gold Certificate. Students who complete each year from Year 3 to Year 9 are awarded a Premier's medal.

Sponsor rights and benefits include:

  • form partnerships with government and business leaders
  • strong community involvement and recognition
  • extensive public and media exposure
  • access to communicate with students and schools
  • association with increasing national literacy standards.