What is Australia Reads?

In November, we’re inviting Australians of all ages and from all walks of life to share and celebrate the joys of reading.

Whether you’re picking up a book for the first time or your head is already stuck in one, there’s plenty of books, activities and events as part of our festivities.

Thursday 12 November is the main event – Australian Reading Hour. You’re invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour, pick up a book and read to yourself or the children in your life.

Join us and unwind, get inspired and find joy in books! From islands, blue shores, bushland to red heart – Australia Reads.

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Our Ambassadors

Beck Feiner

Anna Fienberg

Jacqueline Harvey

Peter Helliar

Will Kostakis

Dervla McTiernan

Beck Feiner

Anna Fienberg

Jacqueline Harvey

Peter Helliar

Will Kostakis

Dervla McTiernan

Get Involved

This year we are hosting three virtual events to celebrate the many benefits of reading. 

Australia Reads Main Event – Wednesday 11th November 12.30 PM AEDT 

Featuring: Judy Nunn, Peter Fitzsimons, Peter Helliar, Michael Robotham, Dervla McTiernan, Tanya Plibersek, Andy Griffiths, Nikki Gemmell, Anita Heiss, Virginia Trioli and more.

Australia Reads Kids – Monday 9th November 10.30am AEDT

Featuring: Ursula Dubosarsky, Andy Griffiths, Bluey, Sami Bayly, Anna Fienberg, Osher Gunsberg, Peter Helliar, Jacqueline Harvey, Beck Fiener and more.

Australia Reads Teens – Monday 9th November 12.30pm AEDT
Featuring: Will Kostakis, Rawah Arja, Cath Moore, Amie Kaufman, Danielle Binks, Garth Nix, Alex Dyson, Lisa Fuller, Sally Morgan and more.

Take The Pledge

You can show your support by taking the pledge to read this November!

Special Edition Kids Reads

Available in all good bookstores this November.

Event Resources

Download official posters, graphics, logos and other resources for promoting your event here.

Proud Partners

Australia Reads is made possible thanks to the amazing support of our partners.

Australia Reads has been assisted by the Australian Government, through the Office for the Arts, and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
NSW-Education
Australian Library Information Association
Australian Public Library Alliance
NT Library
Government of SA
ACT Government Libraries
PublicLibraries-WA
NSW-Library
Libraries Tasmania
Public Libraries Victoria
Vicinity
QLD Public Libraries
Better Reading
Storybox
Translink
ASA
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Take the Pledge

Are you ready for Australia Reads?

Ok, take a deep breath, and repeat after us.

“I will read for an hour on Thursday 12 November.
I will read books in any shape, form or size.
I will read, whether with bumps, letters, pictures, sound.
I will read to myself or someone else.”

Great! We’d love to keep you up to date with the latest news and events.