In the last year, there has been a 30 per cent increase in Australians reading books for pleasure. Australian Reading Hour aims to build on this revival to increase the number of Australians reading, and the frequency with which they read.
The celebrated annual event will take place on Tuesday September 14, where people around the country are encouraged to pick up a book for an hour, either alone, in schools, with colleagues or with family.
This year’s theme is ‘Stories That Matter: The Story of Me, The Story of You, And How We Are Becoming Us’. More than 180 authors and illustrators are involved in Australian Reading Hour as ambassadors, a selected number of which will lead in-person and virtual events that highlight how stories play a role in our sense of identity and belonging – both on an individual level and as a nation.
These events connect people to authors, who will explore and discuss pathways into the publishing industry and run a series of interactive activities. Authors and illustrators will speak about their own books as part of the sessions, including the four special edition books that have been written for Australian Reading Hour this year.
These books are written and illustrated by some of the country’s most admired creatives, including the award-winning duo, Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner; Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith’s words are paired with illustrations from First Dog On The Moon; AFL kids series writers Nicole Hayes and Adrian Beck have also come together, and the final book is by young adult fiction writer, Jenna Guillaume. To find out more about the 2021 special releases, [head here.](https://australiareads.org.au/special-editions/)
To support local authors and prepare for Australian Reading Hour, pick up a new read from BIG W (click & collect only)
To find out more, head to [australiareads.com.au](https://australiareads.org.au/). On the day, share what you’re reading by tagging @SunshineMarketplace and @australiareads on Instagram or Facebook.
Australian Reading Hour 2021 is on Tuesday September 14.