Make a date

with a book

On Thursday September 20 2018, we’re encouraging all Australians across the country to pick up a book and read for one hour on your own or with your children.

What is Australian
Reading Hour?

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.

Take the time to learn, grow, escape and relax.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.
In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.

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“Not only am I privileged enough to share my stories with the world, but I love reading. The worlds, characters and emotions created by a good book is unrivalled; it’s the perfect escape from the everyday. I’m thrilled to be involved with the Australian Reading Hour for 2018, and hope to share my love of reading with everyone.”

Judy Nunn
Australian Reading Hour Ambassador 2018

Why read?

• Increasing literacy and numeracy skills has a positive and significant effect on jobs
• Reading reduces stress by 68%, relieving stress more quickly than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea
• Children who know adults who read for pleasure take it for granted that reading is valuable
• The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become and the more prosperous and equitable the society they inhabit
• Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days
• When tested for empathy, readers of narrative fiction achieved significantly higher than other groups
• Reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities
• It was found by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research that reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to.

Reader Registration

Show your support by signing up today!


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What's happening
in my State?

“Most vital human functions are accompanied by pleasure, and reading is no exception. I’m proud and delighted to be an Australian Reading Hour Ambassador for 2018, and to use the opportunity to gently remind the adult community that young people deserve that pleasure every day. They also need it, because no other activity will better equip young people to embrace their futures in a sometimes dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity. Our stories have saved us in the past, and in the minds of young readers they can again.”

Morris Gleitzman
Children’s Laureate and 2018 Australian Reading Hour Ambassador

Corporate Registration

We encourage booksellers, libraries, and teachers to:

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

Want to get involved? Learn more here.



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Proud Sponsors

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