In Queensland, The Readers Cup Competition consists of teams of 4 students (and 1 optional reserve) reading 5 or 6 books that have been selected by committee members at a regional and state level. These teams compete against each other by providing written answers to questions about each book. Teams with the highest scores at regional level go on to compete at the state finals.
There are 18 regions for years 5-6 and 13 regions for years 7-8. More than 500 teams compete each year in regional finals in June. That is around 2500 students participating. The number of books read each year at both regional and state level is estimated to be at least 13 575 and that does not include the books read at school level in Term 1 when selecting teams.
The regional winners come to Brisbane to take part in the state finals during the Brisbane Writers Festival. Teams are also asked to create a digital response or book trailer to be viewed at the state finals. This further enhances their reading experience and encourages skill development in digital media.
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.
Why we need your support:
The competition, run by the Queensland branch of The Children’s Book Council of Australia, began in 2004. We are frequently asked what a competition looks like. A professionally developed film would give people who have never participated an idea of how it works.
It can be used at a national level to promote the concept to encourage the establishment of competitions in other states and territories.
We plan to use local Ipswich film makers Mulesfilm to create the film.
What our supporters say:
Your Proposal for the RC documentary is so exciting. After seeing the growth of RC Wide Bay over the 11 years I have been involved, I think this way of promoting the competition is definitely called for. It is so rewarding standing in front of a hall full of students, their parents and teachers, all excited about being able to participate in such a competition. I really value the success we are having in this region after the struggle I had getting the competition off the ground and feel a documentary would be a wonderful asset for further publicising Readers Cup.
Jennie Core, Regional Coordinator Wide Bay Region
I think this is an excellent idea, and as a first timer to Readers Cup this year, it would be really really useful, as I was not aware of the process totally and will do things differently next year.
Amanda Worlley, Teacher Librarian, All Saints Anglican School
• Promotes reading to students aged 10 – 13 during a time when reading frequently decreases
• Encourages boys who like the element of competition
• Provides an opportunity for children in regional areas to attend Wordplay at the Brisbane writers Festival