The PRC Booklists provide suggestions for books that can be read as part of the Premier's Reading Challenge. Students will need to access books to read for the challenge from other places, as books are not able to be downloaded or read from the PRC site.
At this time, we recognise that there may be additional complications in accessing books to read. Please find below some suggestions for finding reading material at home.
Your teacher librarian or PRC coordinator will be able to help you locate books in your library collection that are on the PRC booklists.
Some schools are organising "click and collect" or remote borrowing options for students who would like to borrow hard copies of books from the library, but are not attending school. These arrangements vary from school to school, so check with your PRC coordinator, teacher, or teacher librarian about what your school is offering.
Your school library may have a subscription to ebooks and audiobooks that you can borrow and access online. Check with your Teacher Librarian to see what digital books you are able to borrow from home.
Public libraries are excellent sources of reading material! If you are not already a member of your local library, check out their website to see how you can join. Local libraries will have access to a lot of print copies of books on the PRC booklists, as well as ebooks and audiobooks available through their online platforms.
Other 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 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 childen'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
Please contact your teacher or PRC coordinator if you need additional help in finding books to read.