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MBBC fields teams in each of the Bayside District Readers Cup competitions – Years 5 & 6 – 1 team; and Years 7 & 8 – 2 teams.

Eager readers complete an Expression of Interest, collect and read a chapter of a set book. They then answer a number of questions about what they have read. From the results, a team will be selected for each age group. A team consists of five members (4 + 1 reserve). From the end of Term 1, this team reads a set of five or six books chosen by the organisers, and work as a team to answer questions about the books, at the Regional Readers Cup Competition held at the end of Term 2.

Kid’s Lit Quiz Winning Team


Kids’ Lit Quiz™ celebrates keen readers aged 10 to 13 years and gives them an opportunity to compete in a team environment against other schools. Teams of four are asked 10 questions in 10 categories about literature for their age group.

The winning team is awarded a subsidy to assist in attending to the National Final, in Sydney. The National winners will have an opportunity to represent Australia at the Kids’ Lit Quiz ™ World Final.

BILBY Awards 

BILBY = Books I Love Best Yearly!

The BILBY Awards are the Children’s Choice Awards organised by The Children’s Book Council of Australia (Queensland Branch).

Each year throughout Queensland, hundreds of children select their favourite book and nominate it for the BILBY Awards. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to exercise their voice, to have a say about what they read. This is their very own book award.

During Term 1 readers nominate a favourite book for the Bilby Award.

Readers can nominate more than one book but no more than three. To nominate a book, see Ms Milne or go to

There are three sections/age readership groups:

  • Early Readers– Picture Books and story books for readers under 8 years old
  • Younger Readers– for books for readers between 8 and 12 years old
  • Older Readers– for books for readers 13+

Selection Criteria (for nominating a book):

  • The book can be from anywhere in the world but must be in English
  • It cannot be a previous winner – see list of previous winners see
  • The book must be a specific title not a series

During Term 2 Readers will vote for their favourite of the short-list of nominated books in each section. 


For a number of years now, MBBC has participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a state-wide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students up to Year 9, as well as pre-school-aged children.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life. Throughout the challenge, children and students are given an opportunity to develop their appreciation of the English language and are encouraged to explore and enjoy a wide range of literary texts. Reading builds vocabulary and knowledge, supports confidence and stimulates creativity and imagination. It’s the basis for everything we do!

Each year, the number of MBBC boys who have taken up the challenge and completed it, has increased. In past years, 100% of our Primary boys completed this Challenge – a testament to the encouragement given by their teachers and Library Staff.

MBBC boys from Prep – Year 5 will once again be registered for the Premier’s Reading Challenge which starts in early May and continues up to the end of August. Boys in Years 6-9 will have the option of nominating themselves to complete this Challenge. Parents will be notified when the reading period begins.

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