What is Australian
On Thursday September 19 2019, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. We want Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, escape and relax.
In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future. In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.
Special Edition Kids Reads
Now available in your local bookstore!
You might like to read at home, in your favourite cafe or perhaps at your local library or bookshop. Why not get a few friends or colleagues together and throw a silent reading party? Or enjoy an extra long bedtime story with the children in your life?
If you’d like more information on planning your own event please find our guide here.
As we get closer to the day there will be dozens of events held around the country that you’re welcome to attend.
Join us by taking the pledge to read and we’ll keep you up to date with all of the latest news!
Take the pledge to read for one hour on 19th September
Enter your details now and take part in Australian Reading Hour 2019.
Are you ready for our reading challenge?
Would you like to change your current reading habits? Join us for some reading fun.
What’s happening near me?
We’re busy planning this year’s events, so check back soon to find exciting events happening near you!
Download official posters, graphics, logos and other resource packs for your event.
Australian Reading Hour is made possible thanks to the amazing support of our partners.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government.