Bring the world to your classroom for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge

​Books that celebrate diversity are available for you and your students.

With the 2021 Premiers' Reading Challenge on the horizon and the recent marking of Cultural Diversity Week (21 March – 28 March), it's a great time for Victorian students to explore some of the wonderful stories that celebrate the richness of our multicultural society.

Victoria is known for its multiculturalism, with almost half of the state's population having at least one parent born overseas. Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 different religions.

Culturally diverse books arranged on a table in a display
Books available for the Premiers' Reading Challenge

To celebrate diversity, we have put together a list of suggested books to help your students learn about other cultures, including their own, in the lead-up to the 2021 Premiers' Reading Challenge. If you haven't already registered your students for the Challenge, you can register them now!

These books are part of the 28,000 resources available to schools through the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC).

Your school's library may have copies of these titles or you can click on the headings below to order them through the LMERC.

Prep to Grade 2

Middle to upper primary

An open page of an illustrated children's book, a picture of a dog in a backyard and a handwritten note.
Premiers' Reading Challenge book

Secondary school (Years 7 to 10)


LMERC offers contactless pick-up and online ordering with free postage to government school teachers outside the metropolitan Melbourne area.

Membership is free to teachers across all school sectors, pre-service teachers and lecturers (English as an Additional Language (EAL) and languages), homework clubs and community language schools.

Find out more on the LMERC web page.