Booklist Criteria

Print Booklist Criteria

Criteria for the selection of books on the Premier's Reading Challenge booklist 

The aim of the Premier's Reading Challenge is to encourage a love of reading for pleasure, interest and information.

In order to achieve this, the booklist panel undertakes to provide a list of diverse and interesting books of the highest quality, which are easily accessible for libraries and schools through publishers.  The booklists include:

Each book will be in one of the four recommended age-appropriate reading lists: Reception-2, Years 3-5, Years 6-9 and Mature (Years 9-12).

Each book will include an annotation and allocated at least one category to indicate what the book is about.

Recommendations come from many sources including teacher librarians, teachers, public librarians, students, reviewing journals and websites, Children's Book Council notable and short listed titles, Book Cup organisers, publishers, authors and booklist panel members.

Books will only be accepted of the highest quality for each of the reading levels and of a similar level to those already on the booklists.

Selections are made with attention to the integrity required for a program bearing the Premier of South Australia's name.

When selecting books, the panel is mindful of the following:

Novelty books and products generally will not be accepted.

Non-fiction books should:

The panel has expertise in selecting books for school and public libraries and meets regularly to update and review the booklists.  Books are occasionally removed to keep the booklists current or because of a request to review the book.

All selections are made in line with:

DECD (2004) Choosing and Using Teaching and Learning Materials: Guidelines for Preschools and Schools

How to Submit a Book for Consideration for the Challenge Book List

Our panel of qualified librarians donate their time in assessing books for inclusion on the Premier's Reading Challenge book list, according to the above criteria.

To submit books for consideration, please send hard copies with a return address to:

Department for Education
Premier's Reading Challenge
ATTN: Manager, Premier's Challenges
GPO Box 1152

Round Drop: R11/37A

Please note that, as of 1 May 2019, all mail addressed to the Education Spport Hub, 8 Milner Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007 will be returned to sender by Australia Post.

Our panel will then assess them for inclusion. Please keep in mind that our panel are busy librarians who volunteer their time, so assessment of books can take some time.

We donate the chosen books to school libraries, so if you would prefer to have your book returned, please let us know when you send it. Books that are not chosen will be returned to the address included with the item when received.