What is Australia Reads?

In September, 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 17 September 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

There will be dozens of events held around the country that you’re sure to love, we’ll share the details on our Events Page (coming soon).

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

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

Take The Pledge

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

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.

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
Australian Library Information Association
Australian Public Library Alliance
NSW-Education
NT Library
Government of SA
Libraries Tasmania
ACT Government Libraries
PublicLibraries-WA
NSW-Library
QLD Public Libraries
PublicLibrariesVictoria
ABA
Vicinity
ASA
Better Reading
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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 17 September.
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.