The Australian Reading Hour (ARH) is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read for one hour.
Following on from the success of the Australian Reading Hour 2019, the campaign has been rebranded Australia Reads to allow a greater and more diverse coverage of activities.
For 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign has changed direction to #AustraliaReadsAtHome for more information see the webpage.
[Update - 19/08/2020] Australia Reads would like to recruit authors, libraries and booksellers interested in creating virtual events to support the perhaps scaled back physical events (due to COVID-19). The four Ambassador children's books are also available for order - libraries can order these books through their Australian Library supplier. For more details, see the current Media Alert.
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.
In 2019 project was assisted by the Australian Government, Australia Post, and by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.