Illustration of a family reading inside under a tent made of sheetsAbout Australia Reads

Australia Reads is a unique Australian book industry collaboration (between authors, booksellers, libraries and publishers) borne of a common passion for, and mutual interest in, championing reading, promoting the many mental health and lifestyle benefits of reading books, and encouraging the next generation of avid book readers.

Everything we do, we believe in championing reading. We believe reading is the key to a smarter, healthier, happier nation. The way we champion reading is by curating a content and events platform that is informed by research, beautifully designed for all ages, and a conduit for connecting with businesses, communities, organisations and schools. And we just happen to have Australia’s great authors on our books – quite literally.

By positioning Australia Reads as an always on initiative, Books Create Australia (an alliance between ALIA, the ABA, APA and ASA) aims to significantly increase book reading by all Australians – no matter the format they read.

About Australian Reading Hour

Illustration of a family and a koala being recommended books by a bookseller in front of bookshelves
Ilustrations by Beck Feiner

Originally conceived by a coalition of Australian libraries and library associations as part of the National Year of Reading in 2012, the Australian Reading Hour began as an event for all Australians to set aside one hour on the same day to read – whatever they wanted, wherever they were located, and however they chose to read.

Since then, it has become an annual event encouraging all Australians to read for one hour through events with Australian authors at libraries and bookshops, in schools, and even in shopping centres and on public transport.

As the signature event for Australia Reads, the Australian Reading Hour is a showcase celebrated by authors, booksellers, libraries and publishers alike for drawing attention to the importance of reading in transforming lives.

Find out more about Australia Reads

Learn more about Australia Reads, find branding resources and more information on holding your own Australia Reads and Australian Reading Hour events on the website –