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What is it?

Readers Cup is organised by the Qld Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers. Teams of four students together read a set of books, and then compete with other school or public library teams to answer quiz questions from the books. The competition was introduced in 2004 to celebrate 50 years of CBCA in Queensland. It catered for Years 6-8 as a single competition then later split into two sections of 6/7 and 8/9.  As Year 7 transitions into high school in 2015 the competition changes to 5/6 and 7/8. In 2017 we are trialling a Year 9-10 competition in Wide Bay Region.

Why do it?

Readers Cup competitions challenge students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading. It allows readers to compete at a regional and state level similar to sporting competitions and to meet other students with an equal passion for books.

Who can take part?

From 2017 there will be three categories: Year 5/6 and Year 7/8 for most regions and Year 9/10 for Wide Bay. Most regions will accept only one team per school or public library per category. Check the Regional Information on the website for details of your region or email your regional coordinator. A team of up to 4 readers (plus one optional reserve) may be registered per school/public library. Teams choosing to have more than one reserve cannot be catered for at the regional and state finals. Some regions allow more than one team to enter. For details check the Regional Information page first.

What does it look like?

We are frequently asked what a competition looks like, so this year we created a film that will give people who have never participated, an idea of how it works. It can also be viewed by teams to show them how other teams prepare. Here is a short trailer to show what it is like and below is the full video which is about 20 mins.