First Minister's

Get ready to take part in the First Minister's Reading Challenge – Scotland’s brand-new reading initiative to encourage all pupils in Primary 4-7 to develop a life-long love of reading.

RM Books is delighted to be supporting this exciting project and you will find everything you need to help you deliver the First Minister’s Reading Challenge using our flexible, cost-effective ebook platform on this page.

Encouraging children to read for pleasure not only helps our young people develop vital language and literacy skills, but also opens up a whole new world of adventure and fun through the exciting and varied range of books suggested.
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
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Using RM Books to deliver the First Minister’s Reading Challenge

All schools in Scotland have access to RM Books through their GLOW launch pad, so using RM Books to deliver the First Minister’s Reading Challenge couldn’t be easier, and there are lots of additional benefits:

  • Reading ebooks can engage students who do not normally see themselves as book readers – great for encouraging your reluctant readers to take those first steps into reading.
  • With our offline app, pupils can read their chosen ebook anytime, anywhere … not just in the classroom.
  • Our short-term rental options make using RM Books a cost-effective way of providing a wide range of titles for students to choose from.
  • Our reporting facility allows you to track reading progress and support pupils in their reading journey.

To help you get started we have put together a Recipe Card for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge that takes you through the process in 5 simple steps – just add kids!

Scottish Attainment Challenge

RM Books is committed to helping you deliver the literacy targets set by the Scottish Attainment Challenge. RM Books can help:

  • close the attainment gap by improving the reading skills of your targeted students
  • encourage students to take ownership of their learning
  • track and evaluate the success of your interventions
  • improve accessibility to books for students and parents

Attainment Challenge funding can help support schools who would like to take part in the First Minister's Reading Challenge.

See here for further details on RM Books and the Scottish Attainment Challenge >>

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Recommended book list

Choose from our wide selection of the titles recommended by the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. From funny books to scary books, books about animals to books set in far-away fantasy lands, there is something for everyone.

Take advantage of our special First Minister's Reading Challenge book packs to put a range of titles into your school digital library from as little as £70.

Remember that the recommended list is not exclusive; pupils can read any book to take part. Browse our full catalogue to find an even wider range of titles.

Your reading journey starts here!



Folklore and Fairytales






Magic and Mystery


Friendship and Family



Heroes Vs Villains