Each year on a designated day, Australians were asked to spend one hour – any hour – engaging with reading. They could read alone or with friends and colleagues, and take part in one of the many public events and meet-ups that were coordinated across the country.
Over 10+ years, the Reading Hour engaged over a million Australians as part of its mission to build a stronger reading culture in Australia.
Australian Reading Hour featured over 300 annual events, connecting Australian authors and illustrators with readers through events hosted by libraries, schools, workplaces and community groups around the country. The digital events program with Sydney Opera House was viewed by over 80,000 students.
After 10+ years of Australian Reading Hour, Australia Reads retired the program in 2023. You can read the full statement here.
On behalf of Australia Reads, we’d like to thank all the authors, readers, partners and sponsors who have enthusiastically supported Australian Reading Hour over the years.
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