Dewey sets big goals for reading challenge

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06 May 2024

Events and initiatives Public school life

Dewey Dex, the lovable mascot for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere determined for the 2024 edition to reach even greater heights than previous ones.

That will be no easy feat, as 23,204 students logged having read an amazing 363,290 books during last year’s challenge.  

Dewey Dex reading in space.

On an intergalactic quest to read all the books on Earth, Dewey arrived back in West Australia from planet GJ 504b for the challenge, which starts today.   

The challenge runs until Friday 6 September, and is open to students from Kindergarten to Year 10.  

Participants need to log 12 readings to complete the challenge and receive a certificate from the Premier and the Minister of Education.   

They also go into the draw to win some amazing prizes each week that they log having read something. 

This year, Brenton McKenna (ESZRA), Helen Milroy, and Alton Walley have been enlisted to help Dewey, as challenge ambassadors. There are also some new authors and illustrators joining the amazing Cheer Squad.  

Registrations are now open through the Premier's Reading Challenge website.