The Reading Hour
The Reading Hour is held once a year and aims to encourage early literacy.
The aim of the hour is to share a book with your child for 10 minutes a day - an hour a week. This is so the child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader with all the social and education benefits that reading brings.
Research shows that most of our brain development happens between birth and three years of age, so it's not enough to assume that your children will learn to read when they get to school.
Parents need to share stories and rhymes right from day one – and a good way of finding out more is to join storytimes, rhymetimes, baby bounce and toddler sessions at your local library.
Libraries and book stores take part in this annual event.
Resources for libraries
The Reading Hour produces some great resources for libraries which are available to download. These include posters which can be displayed, and the logo which can be turned into booksmarks or stickers, badging the reading-related activities and promoting them. There are just some of the great ways your library can support The Reading Hour.
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.