The Children's Book Council of Australia Queensland Branch
Welcome to the Readers Cup for 2016

What is it?

Readers Cup is organised by the Qld Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers. Teams of four students together read a set of books, and then compete with other school or public library teams to answer quiz questions from the books.

When does it take place?

Term 1
Schools and public libraries may run their own Readers Cup competitions in Term 1 to assist in the selection of a team; however, schools must not use their Regional Cup titles for school competitions. Teams need to register before the Easter school holidays.
Registrations will be taken in March 2016.

Term 2
Regional competitions are held near the end of Term 2. Regional coordinators will tell teams when to begin reading. This is usually just prior to or just after the Easter vacation, depending on the date of the regional finals.

Term 3
Winning teams from each region will compete at the state finals to be held in the evenings of 7September 2016 Year 7-8 and 8 September 2016 Year 5-6.

Why do it?

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.

What does it look like?

We are frequently asked what a competition looks like so this year we are planning to create a professionally developed film that would give people who have never participated, an idea of how it works. It could also viewed by teams to show them how other teams prepare.

We plan to shoot the film in May and June 2016 during regional competitions focussing on two teams to show how they prepare, and then film their regional competition. If excess funds are raised we will extend the film by adding in a shoot at the State Finals.

To do this we need to raise $5000. We are half way there with $2500 already promised, so we are seeking the additional $2500 through The Australian Cultural Fund platform. Personal donations are tax deductible. We have over 500 teams in Queensland competing each year. If each team donated $5 we would have the money raised! We have around 250 members of CBCA Qld Branch. If each member donated $10 we would have the money raised.

Make a donation today and encourage your friends to do the same.

Who can take part?

From 2015 there will be two categories: Year 5/6 and Year 7/8. Most regions will accept only one team per school or public library per category. Check the Regional Information on the website for details of your region or email your regional coordinator. A team of up to 4 readers (plus one optional reserve) may be registered per school/public library. Teams choosing to have more than one reserve cannot be catered for at the regional and state finals. Some regions allow more than one team to enter. For details check the Regional Information page first.

Mountain Creek State High School team

What does it cost?

For Corporate members of CBCA
Corporate members of CBCA Qld Branch can enter for free provided they have received confirmation of membership before registering their team. This is an offer to Corporate members not personal members.

Apply to be a corporate member now!

Step 1: If your school has never participated before, register your school and wait to receive your password.  Once you have the password, apply for corporate membership before you try to register a team.

Step 2: Wait until you receive acknowledgement that this has been processed before you attempt to register your team/s. (We have to manually add your membership number to the Readers Cup site to prevent it issuing an invoice. The invoice is generated at the point of registering a team.

If you register a team before receiving notification that your CBCA membership has been processed, then the website will automatically generate an invoice.

For non-members of CBCA
From 2015 it will be $35 to register a team. An invoice will be emailed when you register online. This is an automatic function so if you do not receive an invoice, contact the Readers Cup State Finals coordinator.

What is it?

Readers Cup is organised by the Qld Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers. Teams of four students together read a set of books, and then compete with other school or public library teams to answer quiz questions from the books.

When does it take place?

Term 1
Schools and public libraries may run their own Readers Cup competitions in Term 1 to assist in the selection of a team; however, schools must not use their Regional Cup titles for school competitions. Teams need to register before the Easter school holidays.
Registrations will be taken in March 2016.

Term 2
Regional competitions are held near the end of Term 2. Regional coordinators will tell teams when to begin reading. This is usually just prior to or just after the Easter vacation, depending on the date of the regional finals.

Term 3
Winning teams from each region will compete at the state finals to be held in the evenings of 7September 2016 Year 7-8 and 8 September 2016 Year 5-6.

Why do it?

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.

When does it take place?

Term 1
Schools and public libraries may run their own Readers Cup competitions in Term 1 to assist in the selection of a team; however, schools must not use their Regional Cup titles for school competitions. Teams need to register before the Easter school holidays.
Registrations will be taken in March 2016.

Term 2
Regional competitions are held near the end of Term 2. Regional coordinators will tell teams when to begin reading. This is usually just prior to or just after the Easter vacation, depending on the date of the regional finals.

Term 3
Winning teams from each region will compete at the state finals to be held in the evenings of 7September 2016 Year 7-8 and 8 September 2016 Year 5-6.

Who can take part?

From 2015 there will be two categories: Year 5/6 and Year 7/8. Most regions will accept only one team per school or public library per category. Check the Regional Information on the website for details of your region or email your regional coordinator. A team of up to 4 readers (plus one optional reserve) may be registered per school/public library. Teams choosing to have more than one reserve cannot be catered for at the regional and state finals. Some regions allow more than one team to enter. For details check the Regional Information page first.