Eager young readers in Whittlesea have embraced the challenge set by Premier Daniel Andrews to read more books.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green visited Whittlesea Primary School on Monday to gift the school with books and talk to the students about the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Ms Green said since the program began in 2005, more than 2.5 million students across Victoria have read nearly 45 million books.

“I’m just delighted that students at Whittlesea Primary School have registered for the 2018 challenge,” she said.

“More than 250,400 participants and 3161 schools, early childhood settings and homes across Victoria took up the challenge last year, reading nearly four million books.”

“Each year more and more students sign up for the challenge. In 2017, Whittlesea Primary School recorded that 59% of students completed the challenge compared to 27% the previous year. Also, the school has already recorded 144 books for 2018,” Ms Green said.

This year marks the 14th Premiers’ Reading Challenge and to complete it students in Years three to 10 need to read 15 books or more in the six months from February to September.

Students in Prep, Year one and Year two are challenged to read or experience 30 books, while children who have not yet started school are challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families.

The Challenge is an important literacy initiative that encourages more children and young people to read more often.

“When you sit down to read a book you never know what adventure awaits you and the challenge is about students discovering the joy of reading,” Ms Green said.

“I wish all students at Whittlesea Primary School taking part in this year’s challenge the best of luck in not only meeting their goals, but also experiencing a few great stories along the way.”

For more information, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/prc