KHS Library News – Premier’s Reading Challenge Rule Updates

We hope you are all doing well in the current COVID-19 situation. This email is to inform you of the changes that have been made to the 2020 PRC rules to help support students to participate in and complete the Challenge whilst their access to books at school and local libraries may be restricted.

What is happening with the Challenge in 2020?

The Challenge is well equipped to support student participation from home. The Challenge will continue with the same closing dates for validation of entries, and the same number of books to be read for all challenge levels. We have introduced some adjustments to support students who may be learning from home, and have reduced access to suitable reading material to complete the Challenge.

What changes have been made to the PRC rules for 2020?

The main changes to the Challenge rules are as follows:

  • Students on all Challenge levels are able to read 10 choice books – an increase from five. Please see below about adding these additional choice books to a student reading record.
  • Students on all Challenge levels will be able to include books on their reading records that they read collaboratively as a class, in person or online with their teacher or at home with their parents/carers.
  • Students who complete the Challenge in 2020 will be able to count this towards cumulative awards.
  • Students who do not participate in the Challenge in 2020 will not be disadvantaged in the receipt of cumulative awards.
  • The Challenge will include Year 10 students in 2021 to allow all students the opportunity to meet the gold and platinum certificate and Challenge medal requirements.

How do students add these bonus choice books to their reading records?

Students will need to add their first 5 choice books the same way they always have for the Challenge. Their bonus choice books will need to be entered using the following PRCID’s:

68597 2020 Bonus Choice Book 1
68598 2020 Bonus Choice Book 2
68599 2020 Bonus Choice Book 3
68560 2020 Bonus Choice Book 4
68561 2020 Bonus Choice Book 5

To add these choice books on the Student Site, students can simply enter “2020 bonus” either on the search screen or under “add choice books”, and the Bonus Choice Book records will be the first ones to appear.

Online sources for PRC books are changing rapidly, so it’s not possible to list every site here! Please check whether books from online sites are the full version of the text, and not a shortened/ abridged one before you read it for the PRC, and check with your parent/ carer/ teacher before you download anything.

Important note: not all books featured on sites or sources suggested below are recommended on the PRC booklist. Please consult with an adult before you visit online sites, or download anything.

Some online sites you can access books from home include

  • Project Gutenberg – provides access to books that are not covered by copyright, so are able to be shared freely online. There is a listing of children’s literature with links to copies of these books for download: Project Gutenberg Children’s Literature Bookshelf. These are mostly classics, such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Little Women, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Jungle Book.
  • ebooks through major digital platforms are often available for free or at a reduced cost, so check out any ebook platforms you have access to through your digital devices.
  • Author and illustrator sites – many Australian and international authors and illustrators are running storytimes and shared reading sessions online during the Covid-19 crisis. It’s not possible to list them all, as the sessions available are growing and changing daily. Please check the availability of these storytimes on the author’s websites and social media pages.
  • Audible has made access to a range of children’s and young adult books available for free during the current crisis. The included stories can be accessed without creating an account from their website: Audible Stories

Kirrawee High School has a strong tradition of completing the PRC to a high standard. We want to continue to foster a tradition of the love of reading.

Please contact Mrs Barden if you need additional help in finding books to read.