National Year of Reading 2012


Better Reading Kids: Great stories to share with young readers

Better Reading have now launched Better Reading Kids, headed up by former Allen & Unwin children’s books director, Liz Bray. There’s a separate Better Reading Kids facebook page, specifically focusing on great stories for young readers. If you're a parent, carer, teacher or librarian you'll find plenty on this page to interest you.
Following the successful 'Kid's Week' and 'Celebrating Australian Authors,' campaigns, every Monday morning our friends at Better Reading Kids will bring you the weekly Top 10 Children's bestseller list.

Announcement: Chrissie Swan joins the Reading Hour as 2015 Ambassador!

We are delighted to announce that Chrissie Swan, one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, is our National Ambassador for 2015.

Chrissie is a radio and TV broadcaster, and is also an author, columnist and fashion label ambassador. She has been an ambassador for CARE Australia since 2010.

In 2011, she was a Gold Logie nominee and Silver Logie winner. In 2013, Chrissie launched her own plus-sized fashion range and published her first book, Is It Just Me? Confessions of an Over-Sharer...

Celebrate the Reading Hour with us in 2015!

Driven by Australian libraries, The Reading Hour raises the status and visibility of reading and literacy nationwide, promotes the benefits of reading and storytelling as critical life skills and catalysts for well-being, and unifies the national literacy network working toward Australia becoming a nation of readers.

Any time is reading time! The Reading Hour is nominally 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 18 August, but events will be happening all day—and all year round...

Download your exclusive promotional kit for The 2015 Reading Hour

The promotional kit for The 2015 Reading Hour is now available to download with new visual assets to help you promote your events and activities as we count down to the official national Reading Hour. There are so many ways you can show your support for the key messages of The Reading Hour. Find some tips here...

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School, a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school, has just opened for registration at Hume Libraries. Reading to preschool-aged children has been shown to develop early literacy by building vocabulary and language skills essential for learning to read at school level...

National Simultaneous Storytime 2015

National Simultaneous Storytime is NEXT WEEK! (27 May) Stop what you’re doing and register NOW for National Simultaneous Storytime 2015. By registering you will receive an electronic copy of the book and other exclusive resources to use. The big event is next week so get in quickly so you don’t miss out! Got questions about NSS? Email and register here: