Thank you to all the teachers and students who entered the Reading Australia 10-word challenge competition. This competition was run in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and was shared by librarians around the country. Over 1300 students took up the challenge to describe their favourite Reading Australia book in ten words or less. We were delighted by the creativity and love for reading these entries demonstrated – though it made it difficult for the judges to select just five winners! For your enjoyment, below are the winning entries. Each student has won a $100 Booktopia voucher and in doing so has also won a $100 Booktopia voucher for their school library. Congratulations to our winners!

Winner one
Entry: ‘A man peppered with bullets. Finds secret. Becomes magical Jandamarra.’
Book: Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton
Student: Eddie, Year 6, from Anglican Church Grammar School, QLD.

Winner two
Entry: ‘Dictatorship tore away the pages Liesel fought hard to keep.’
Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Students: Sonia, Year 10, from Nagle College, NSW.

Winner three
Entry: ‘Life is dull and boring but, when noticed, is beautiful.’
Book: The Red Tree by Shaun Tan
Student: Tea, Year 4, from Cottesloe Primary School, WA.

Winner four
Entry: ‘Beautiful rainforest, millions of years old. Save it!’
Book: Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
Student: Evie, Year 4, from St Ives Park Public School, NSW.

Winner five
Entry: ‘Furry friend finds a fascinating friendship with an unforgettable female.’
Book: The Big Book of Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs
Student: Declan, Year 1, from Lakes Grammar Anglican School, NSW.