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On Thursday September 19 2019, we’re encouraging all Australians across the country to pick up a book and read for one hour on your own or with the children in your life.

What is Australian
Reading Hour?​

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On Thursday September 19 2019, 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, 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.


"I am passionate about the importance of reading for pleasure and believe that every child deserves access to stories that provide them with the tools to understand the world around them."

Mick Elliott

“Reading, rhyming, singing and talking - beginning from birth - profoundly influence literacy and language development, the foundations of all other learning."

Anthony Field

“I think the value of reading is sometimes underestimated in our busy lives – we see it as a luxury, something many of us want to do but don’t have much time for, but reading is so important and it deserves us to make it a priority."

Rachael Johns

"Good books aren’t just an education, but a gymnasium for human empathy.”

Benjamin Law

“I am excited to be a part of the Australian Reading Hour and that my book Moli det bigibigi will be read by thousands more people. I’m particularly excited because people will be able to read the book in Kriol and in English. Moli det bigibigi is the first book that my grandchildren have read in their own language.”

Karen Manbulloo​

“I love writing and sharing stories. My hope has always been that my readers will see themselves in my stories and understand that no matter how confusing or frightening the world may seem at times, kindness, friendship and integrity always win out in the end.”

Sally Rippin

“I love that ARH encourages Australians of all ages to read for one hour, because books inspire the imagination, imagination births creativity and creativity changes the world into what we need it to be for the future. As far as I’m concerned, it all starts with a book.”

Matt Stanton

Special Edition Kids Reads

Squidge Dibley Destroys History

Mick Elliott

Squidge Dibley is the strangest kid at a school full of strange kids, in this hilarious series written and illustrated by Mick Elliott. In this Australian Reading Hour exclusive story, Squidge’s latest invention blows a hole in the time-space continuum, creating CHAOS, DANGER and SQUIDGINESS.

Moli Det Bigibigi
(Molly the Pig)

Karen Manbulloo

Written in Kriol and English, this is the story of Moli, a little pig who was lost in the bush.

Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! The Book Buddies

Sally Rippin

A special edition Sally Rippin story, created especially for Australian Reading Hour – a heartwarming story about the joy of reading, and the special joy of reading with a friend. 

Funny Kid: Next Level

Matt Stanton

FUNNY KID is the mega-bestselling series from author-illustrator Matt Stanton that’s got everyone laughing!

The Wiggles Love Books!

The Wiggles

Join The Wiggles as they celebrate Australian Reading Hour as they explore the types of books they love to read!

*Available from 10th September 2019

Get Involved

You might like to read at home, in your favourite cafe or perhaps at your local library or bookshop. Why not get a few friends or colleagues together and throw a silent reading party? Or enjoy an extra long bedtime story with the children in your life? 

If you’d like more information on planning your own event please find our guide here.  

As we get closer to the day there will be dozens of events held around the country that you’re welcome to attend. 

Join us by taking the pledge to read and we’ll keep you up to date with all of the latest news!

Take the pledge to read for one hour on 19th September

Enter your details now and take part in Australian Reading Hour 2019.

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What’s happening near me?

​We’re busy planning this year’s events, so check back soon to find exciting events happening near you!  


Download official posters, graphics, logos and other resource packs for your event.

Proud Sponsors

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

Libraries Tasmania
Public Libraries Victoria
Public Libraries WA
NSW Public Library Associations