The Australian Reading Hour

The Australian Reading Hour (ARH) is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read for one hour.

In 2019, the Australian Reading Hour will take place on Thursday, 19 September. The premise is simple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour.  

You can read the news release Australian Reading Hour announces 2019 Ambassadors $2.99 books, and The Australian Reading Hour Challenge. 

More information on the website and contact australianreadinghour@gmail.com

Background

In 2012, Australian libraries and library associations came together behind the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country.
 
There were more than 4,000 events, $5.6 million in in-kind support, $26 million-worth of media coverage, much of it highlighting the fact that nearly half the population struggles without the literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of everyday life and work. There are 46% of Australians who can't read newspapers; follow a recipe; make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. 
 
Following on from the success of the campaign, the 15 founder partners decided to carry forward the Love2read brand into 2013, making the most of the momentum that had been created during the National Year of Reading. In 2017, ALIA and book industry partners broadened the campaign into the Australian Reading Hour.
 
 
The 2018 report is available below (file size 15MB).
 

Thank you to all of the supporters of the Australian Reading Hour 2019

The Australian Booksellers Association; the Australian Library and Information Association; Australia Post; the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance; the Australian Society of Authors; the Australian Publishers Association; the Australian Literary Agent’s Association; Better Reading; The Copyright Agency; and the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts.

 

Thank you to all of the supporters of the Australian Reading Hour 2019

The Australian Booksellers Association; the Australian Library and Information Association; Australia Post; the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance; the Australian Society of Authors; the Australian Publishers Association; the Australian Literary Agent’s Association; Better Reading; The Copyright Agency, the Department of the Communications and the Arts

 

The project has been assisted by the Australian Government,  Australia Post, and by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.