Now that we’re staying in more, it’s a good time to get reading.

Books – in whatever shape, size, or form – are a great way to unwind, to learn new things, discover new stories, and feel all kinds of emotions.






Reading is enjoyable and relaxing.

Books can be an escape from the worries of everyday life [1]. Reading also reduces stress by 68% – it works quicker than listening to music, playing a videogame or a walk. [2]


Books help you learn and explore.

Reading makes your world bigger and makes more things possible. Literacy and reading are tools that can help you achieve your goals [3] and help others. So, being able to read can improve your life and the lives of the people around you.


Reading helps your mind grow. It helps connect different parts of your brain. After reading a book, your brain activity is boosted for days [4]. It’s exercise and nourishment for your mind – good for your health now and down the track! [5]


Books create meaning and connect us to others. By reading other people’s stories you can walk in their shoes. And in doing so, learn more about yourself, too [6]. Books build empathy, connection and help you feel less lonely [7]. Plus, sharing books, doing bookish activities, and reading together is a great way to stay connected to the people in your life – and meet new people too!

Take The Pledge

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

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Want to find out more? We’d love to hear your stories about the way reading helps you enjoy, learn, grow and connect.

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Australian Library Information Association


  • Literacy and reading for pleasure play a significant role in a person’s happiness and success 
  • Reading for pleasure is important for personal development and awareness and educational aspirations and success
  • Reading for pleasure improves lives
  • Reading and literacy is good for your health
  • Children who grow up in poverty have lower literacy, education and health levels parents’ involvement in their child’s education is crucial
  • Increasing literacy and numeracy skills have a positive and significant effect on jobs and wages
  • Investing in Upskilling: Increased literacy skills will create a healthier, wealthier, more engaged and more equitable society
  • Reading and literacy can help children escape poverty
  • Literacy is a key part of any crime prevention strategy
  • Getting children reading is a job for us all

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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.”

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