The eight winners of the National Year of Reading’s Read This! creative reading competition were announced today.

The Read This! competition asked 12-18 year-old readers to nominate a book they thought their peers should read and then to pitch it to the judges in a highly creative way.

More than 320 entries were received online from around Australia with responses ranging from poems to videos, artworks to board games.

Judging panels from each state and territory library reviewed the entries to determine which were the most creative and most persuasive in advocating for their chosen book.

The judging panel from the State Library of South Australia said ‘the combination of imagination and inspiration led to works which captivate the audience…highlighting the books in such a way that the audience feels a compulsion to go out, find the books, sit down and start reading.’

The winners will each receive a personalised collection of Manga books courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

Read This!

The Centre for Youth Literature promotes reading for pleasure for all young people and champions youth literature across the broader cultural spectrum. It is a national resource and network, with international connections in the field.

All Read This! competition entries can be viewed online.

The state and territory winners are:

ACT: Zoe – artwork inspired by My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George 

Group Prize: Beth and Zoe – book trailer inspired by Paper Towns by John Green

NSW: Ashleigh – book trailer inspired by Votive by Karen Brooks

Group Prize: Fatima and group – music inspired by the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini

NT: Grace – artwork inspired by Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

QLD: Selina – artwork inspired by Fairy Tale by Miro Masima

SA: Lexi – knitted toys inspired by The Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum

Group Prize: Billy and Lexi – poster inspired by The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base

TAS: Megan – book trailer inspired by The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by Brian Selznick

Group Prize: Heather and group – book trailer inspired by The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

VIC: Rebecca – costume inspired by Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Group Prize: Genezzano College – board game inspired by The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

WA: Daniela – artwork inspired by Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain




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