Join Australian Reading Hour to help get people reading!

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

Person reading a book outdoors
Above: The Australian Reading Hour is 19 September 2019.

In 2019, the Australian Reading Hour will take place on Thursday, 19 September and aims to get as many people reading as possible! Help encourage your community to pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for one hour.

Resources available now

Above: Some of the posters available for the 2019 Australian Reading Hour

This year’s resources are engaging and inclusive with posters featuring older Australians, teens and families. Visit the website to find more great posters you can print and display in your library or community. Other resources include logos, social media images and an event template to help advertise your own event.

The website also provides links to Recommended Reads such as the Better Reading Top 100 and the Better Reading Top 50 Kids Dymocks Top 101 and Dymocks Top 51 Kids. Find more recommended reads here.

Previous campaigns

Thirty seven authors participated in the 2018 Reading Hour campaign in coordinated events across the country ins shopping centres, libraries and bookstores.

Register your event and help spread the word

This year’s ambassadors are Mick Elliott, Anthony Field, Rachael Johns, Benjamin Law, Karen Manbulloo, Sally Rippin and Matt Stanton. If you haven’t already registered your event, add your event to the growing list now. Queensland events already registered include:


• Rockhampton Regional Library ARH Pyjama Party
• Noosaville Library Celebrates Australian Reading Hour with Allison Paterson

Whatever you do this Australian Reading Hour join in the fun in your library and help everyone enjoy the benefits of reading.