Join us on Tuesday 14 September 2021 to celebrate the joy of reading!
With events and activities in schools, libraries and bookshops taking place across Australia, we want you to be part of it.
You can attend one of our events near you in person or online.
And if you’re feeling inspired and adventurous, why not host your own Australian Reading Hour?
We have more than 300 Australian authors and illustrators available to participate in live and virtual events exploring how the stories we read and write (and recommend!) make us healthier, happier and smarter.
Talk to us about an idea you’ve got or check-out our event hosting ideas here so you can jump on board and help make this year’s Australian Reading Hour one to remember.
To find out more you can email us a line at hello(at)australiareads(dot)org(dot)au
And you can register to host an Australian Reading Hour event here.
Australian Reading Hour 2021 celebrates the stories that matter and explores the role of storytelling in transforming lives and shaping our sense of identity, belonging and understanding – as individuals and as a nation. Follow along and join in @australiareads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Originally launched by Australian libraries and library associations for the National Year of Reading in 2012, the Australian Reading Hour began as an event for all Australians to set aside one hour on one day to read – whatever they wanted, wherever they were located, and however they chose to read.
It has since become an annual program featuring events with Australian authors, writers, poets and illustrators in libraries, schools, bookshops, and even in shopping centres, and on public transport.
Australian Reading Hour is made possible with assistance from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
Are you ready for Australian Reading Hour 2021?
Ok, take a deep breath, and repeat after us.
“I will read or listen to an Australian book, whether written or drawn or illustrated or spoken aloud, wherever I may be, in city or bush, in the bath, in bed or up a tree, for one hour on Tuesday 14 September 2021. I will read silently or aloud, I will read by myself or in a crowd. I will read a story that matters to me.”