The HELL Reading Challenge

The HELL Reading Challenge is a well-established programme that has been hugely successful in getting tamariki reading and enjoying the pleasures of stories — with the bonus of free pizza rewards!

We are very excited to be continuing our partnership with HELL Pizza. Their enthusiasm for children’s reading and generous ongoing commitment is awesome.

Teachers, librarians and parents have been telling us how the HELL Reading Challenge has hooked so many reluctant readers into books. We want even more young readers to discover the thrill of a great book.

The HELL Reading Challenge is free, and it is so easy! Children receive a stamp on their pizza wheel for each book they read. Once they have read seven books, children can exchange their completed pizza wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza at HELL.

To find out more about how the HELL Reading Challenge works, download the 2023 HELL Reading Challenge manual here

Registrations for the 2023 HELL Reading Challenge are now open.

Schools and libraries can register and order pizza wheels here

If you're a parent or caregiver and want to get pizza wheels for your tamariki, please ask at your local library or school.

Download a printable 2023 HELL Reading Challenge book review card here

Download the 2023 HELL Reading Challenge poster here

If you have any questions about the HELL Reading Challenge, please email

You can also keep up to date with Reading Challenge news on the HELL Reading Challenge Facebook page

Hell's Great NZ Book Trip

To add even more interest and incentive, this year once again we’ll be offering libraries and schools the optional additional opportunity to take tamariki on Hell’s Great NZ Book Trip – where they can discover the rich tapestry of New Zealand literature that takes them all around the motu.

Hell's Great NZ Book Trip includes New Zealand themed teaching resources, such as unit plans and activities, as well as as we add author events, competitions, new activities throughout the year.

Whether you would like to dip in and be inspired by a few resources, or journey with us through all the various unit plans and activities – we will leave that to you. What’s important is that our tamariki have fun and enjoy their reading journey. Wherever it takes them.

So come along on HELL’s Great NZ Book Trip around New Zealand – we hope you enjoy what Aotearoa has to offer!

Teaching resources - 2023 resources coming soon!

To help you on your own journey, we’re including potential unit plans and activities to kickstart your own Book Trip.

Each resource can be used as an individual shared reading lesson, or as part of a unit of study on New Zealand authors. We hope that these will be a great starting point in bringing more New Zealand content into your classroom.

You can find 2022 Book Trip unit plans and activities on the Resources page. And keep checking back here for new activities to run alongside your 2023 challenge.

Schools and libraries that are participating in the 2023 HELL Reading Challenge will be emailed when the 2023 resources are available.

Author events

As part of HELL’s Great NZ Book Trip, some of New Zealand’s most loved children’s authors and illustrators are being live-streamed to classrooms around the country.

If you’d like to watch author readings and Q&A sessions that have taken place as part of HELL’s Great NZ Book Trip, you’ll find recordings here.

2023 HELL Reading Challenge – Key dates

Registrations for the 2023 HELL Reading Challenge are now open.

Last date for ordering 2023 pizza wheels (stocks permitting): 4 December 2023

Last date for redeeming completed 2023 wheels: 31 January 2024

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is very grateful to HELL Pizza for their sponsorship of the Reading Challenge. For more information on HELL and our other funders, click here.