The Australian Reading Hour

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.


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