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About the Australian Reading Hour

The idea is simple.

On Thursday September 20 2018, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. We want Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading.

In children, it has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.

In adults, it has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.

We encourage booksellers, libraries, and teachers to:

- Organise reading events
- Coordinate author events
- Promote the initiative in store and on social media with #brbReading
- Promote their favourite Australian books.

Want to get involved? Learn more here.

Book Industry Registration

If your organisation would like to be involved, please sign up below.


Resource packs for your event!

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Bookstore Pack Library Pack Schools Corporate Pack Author Pack Reader Pack

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Download the reading hour logo


The Reading Hour is made possible thanks to the amazing support of our sponsors.