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It's a Wrap! 2015 Reading Hour Highlights

September 15, 2015

Here's to another successful Reading Hour in 2015! We would like to extend our thanks to all of our partners, ambassadors and friends for another great celebration to raise the status of reading and literacy toward Australia becoming a nation of readers...

September Newsletter: The Reading Hour 2015 Highlights

TV Personality Chrissie Swan Launches This Year’s Reading Hour WIth A Special Family Story Time At Toorak Library

August 14, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: Join Chrissie Swan, the National Ambassador for The Reading Hour, at a fun story time session at Toorak Library on Tuesday 18 August at 4.30pm to celebrate the launch of this year’s Reading Hour.

Chrissie will be reading some of her favourite children’s books to kids, mums and dads to encourage families to pick up a book and share the love of storytelling.   The Reading Hour aims to encourage everyone to pick up and share a book for 10 minutes a day and enjoy the gift of reading. 

During the official Reading Hour of 6pm-7pm on August 18 hundreds of reading events will take place simultaneously across the country in libraries, schools, community centres, businesses and homes. 

The Reading Hourwas introduced by the Love 2 Read library program in 2012 to raise awareness of how easy it is to develop a life-long love of reading and all the benefits that come with it.

Chrissie Swan was the perfect choice for the National Ambassador role. “Reading has always been so important to me and when I had kids, books were an integral part of the time we spent together. I read to each of my kids at least once a day and now my eldest is reading by himself at night which is a real thrill for both of us! I always tell my kids, only the smartest people know you can never be bored or lonely if you have access to a simple book.”

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. Her most recent work includes I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, a guest spot on the Fox FM breakfast show with Fifi and Dave, and writing for the Herald Sun Magazine. Chrissie’s latest project is co-hosting The Great Australian Spelling Bee with side-kick Grant Denyer.

The Reading Houris an ongoing annual initiative and resource, supporting libraries and the wider community in working toward the shared goal of libraries and their partners helping to lift literacy rates and Australia becoming a nation of readers. The Reading Hour initiative reminds parents, caregivers and families that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives.

Although the official Reading hour event will take place Tuesday 18 August nationwide, the hour of reading can be celebrated anytime, anywhere during the week of The Reading Hour.

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 wellbeing, and unifies the national literacy network working toward Australia becoming a nation of readers.

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The Reading Hour National Ambassador, Chrissie Swan and Project Director Cheryl Akle are now available for interview. Contact or call 0419 241 399 to arrange.
 

Introducing Chrissie Swan - The Reading Hour's 2015 National Ambassador

July 09, 2015

We are delighted to announce that Chrissie Swan, one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, is our National Ambassador for 2015! Chrissie says, “Reading has always been so important to me and when I had kids, books were an integral part of the time we spent together. I read to each of my kids at least once a day and now my eldest is reading by himself at night which is a real thrill for both of us! I always tell my kids, only the smartest people know you can never be bored or lonely if you have access to a simple book.”

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. Her most recent work includes I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, a guest spot on the Fox FM breakfast show with Fifi and Dave, and writing for the Herald Sun Magazine. Chrissie’s next project is The Great Australian Spelling Bee, which she will be co-hosting with Grant Denyer.

June 2015 Newsletter now available

June 16, 2015

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. Read of our June 2015 launch newsletter here.

Celebrate The Reading Hour with us in 2014!

July 11, 2014

Final National Year of Reading Newsletter

December 18, 2012

What an incredible ride it has been!  Download a copy of our final newsletter for 2012 in which we showcase another collection of wonderful National Year of Reading events and activities. 

What an amazing year of reading!

November 30, 2012

The latest newsletter is now available, and showcases just a few of the thousands of events and activities celebrating the National Year of Reading all around Australia.  Download your own copy here, or register to automatically receive the final newsletter for the year that will be available towards the end of December. 

Are We There Yet?

November 23, 2012

There is still time to see the Are We There Yet? touring exhibition currently showing at Melbourne City Library. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Melbourne City Library until November 30.

National Year of Reading legacy event

November 14, 2012

Wonderful to have the Governor-General and Minister Crean join us at the National Library on Monday to celebrate the National Year of Reading. More than 150 guests came along and there was an exciting debate about the future of the Love2Read brand. Library founder partners have committed to supporting it beyond 2013 - watch this space.

Newsletter now available

November 11, 2012

As we approach the end of the year, it's great to see so many activities and events still underway.  Take a look at our latest newsletter and share in this great celebration of our National Year of Reading.  Download your copy today and Register to automatically receive a copy of the next newsletter.

Ambassadors on the move - so much still to come for NYR 2012!

October 25, 2012

While 2012 might be drawing to a close, our year-long celebration of reading is still going strong! You can catch some of our fabulous NYR ambassadors at events around the country during October and November as they keep the message alive. Keep an eye out for celebrated authors and illustrators Peter Watt, Mem Fox & Judy Horacek, Andy Griffiths, Peter Carnavas, Jeannette Rowe, Susannah McFarlane, Barry Heard, Kel Robertson and John Hughes as they celebrate NYR at events around the country.

Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in WA

October 10, 2012

The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opened in Wanneroo, WA on 28 September, 2012. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre until October 26.

NYR Newsletter

October 08, 2012

Want some good news? Take a look at the latest National Year of Reading newsletter. It's full of reports about wonderful National Year of Reading celebrations taking place all around the country. Download your copy today or join our mailing list to automatically receive future issues.

August Newsletter Now Available

August 31, 2012

Read about some of the fantastic events held for The Reading Hour, and a sample of other wonderful events and activities taking place to celebrate the National Year of Reading.  Download your own copy of the newsletter, or join the mailing list to automatically receive future issues. 

People’s Choice voting open

August 30, 2012

The winners for the 2012 "It's never too late ... to learn to read” short story competition were announced on August 25 during The Reading Hour. Judges have chosen 14 winners, 8 published and 6 unpublished from an amazing number of entries and these wonderful stories about the struggles and triumphs of people who learn to read in adulthood are now available to read on our website.

Now we need your help to select a ‘People’s Choice Winner’ – read all 14 winning stories and vote for your favourite here.  Voting closes 30 September.

National Literacy and Numeracy Week

August 27, 2012

National Literacy and Numeracy Week starts Monday 27th August and schools all around the nation are planning special activities to mark the week. A highlight event will be ‘Read for Australia’ on Wednesday 29th at 2.00pm. Schools and communities everywhere will be reading Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey -a delightful book about best friends who are different in many ways. For more information on Read for Australia and other activities for National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012 visit the website.

Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in NSW

August 16, 2012

Now over halfway through its journey around  Australia, The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Newcastle, NSW on 17 August,2012. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at the Lovett Gallery, 2nd Floor, Newcastle Region Library until September 8.

Stephen Orr takes his chilling tale on the road

August 08, 2012

Stephen Orr, whose compelling novel Time's long Ruin was the South Australian 'Our Story' winner, is touring as part of the celebrations for the 2012 National Year of Reading. Stephen will be speaking at libraries around the state, including visiting the regional communities of Yorketown, Port Augusta and Roxby Downs in the state's north and north west during August.

July Newsletter Out Now!

July 31, 2012

Take a look at our latest newsletter where we shine the spotlight on some terrific National Year of Reading initiatives including: The Reading Hour, our new library advertisement, the Adult Learners' Week short- story competition, and the 10 Aussie books you should read before you die.  We also provide a snap shot of many activities that have taken place this month.  We certainly have a wonderful National Year of Reading community.  Download your own copy of the newsletter today, or join our mailing list to automatically to receive future copies

The Reading Hour - 30 day countdown begins!

July 26, 2012

Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour on the 25 August 2012. The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups all day, all around the country. Find out more about The Reading hour and all the local events happening at www.thereadinghour.org.au

"It's never too late... to learn to read" short story competition

July 13, 2012

The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre has been given a grant by the Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education, to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners' Week 2012 (ALW). "It's never too late... to learn to read" is a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers. For some, it will be the chance to tell their own stories; for others, it will be the opportunity to imagine the experiences of an adult learning to read. Our aim is for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that "It's never too late... to learn to read". For further details of the competition see the Love2Read website 

Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in South Australia

July 09, 2012

Continuing the journey around Australia, The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Millicent, South Australia on July 11. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Wattle Range Library until August 1.

June Newsletter Now Available

June 29, 2012

Our June newsletter provides a sample of the hundreds of amazing National Year of Reading activities that are taking place all around Australia.  Download your copy today or join our mailing list to automatically receive future issues. 

Read This! competition winners announced

June 27, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the Read This! competition. There were more than 320 amazing creative responses from young adults around the country aimed at convincing friends to read their favourite book. The competition was a collaboration between the National Year of Reading, Inside a Dog,SpineOut Magazine, and Madman Entertainment, and with such a high standard of entries the judging panels around the country had an incredibly difficult job. Shortlists and winners for each state are listed here

Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Tasmania

June 04, 2012

The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition continues its journey around Australia and has now arrived in Kingston, Tasmania. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Kingston LINC, 11 Hutchins Street, Kingston until 22 June.

May 2012 Newsletter

May 31, 2012

Take a look at our wonderful May newsletter.  It's packed full of amazing stories about National Year of Reading events and activities hosted  by our many and varied supporters.  Download your copy here and join our mailing list to receive future issues of the newsletter.

Arts Minister urges Australians to visit their local libraries

May 21, 2012

Arts Minister Simon Crean launched the Public Library Membership Drive today at Queanbeyan City Library as part of the 2012 National Year of Reading. Speaking at the launch, Mr Crean called on all Australians to join or reconnect with their local library. "Almost half of all Australians are members of public libraries, but there is still more work to be done to increase access and participation," Mr Crean said. "That's why I am pleased to announce at the start of Library and Information Week, the launch of the National Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive."

In time for the campaign, a new library app has been launched for iPhones and iPads. "The Love2Read library app is free to download and will enable people to locate and interact with their nearest library," Mr Crean said. Download the Love2read app to find where your nearest public library is and for information about events and activities for the National Year of Reading in your state and territory.

National Simultaneous Storytime

May 17, 2012

Libraries around the country are gearing up to celebrate Library and Information Week from 20-26 May. One of the major events happening during the week is the National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 23 May at 11.00am EST. Nick Bland’s the Very Cranky Bear will be read at the same time at over 1,800 locations across Australia. At the Taminmin Library in the Northern Territory, there will be a special performance of the book by Nick Bland and the Taminmin College’s Klasact student theatre ensemble, which will be web streamed live from the library. Further details can be found at the National Year of Reading website calendar and the ALIA NSS website.

Literature Lane launch in Melbourne

May 14, 2012

As a lasting legacy of the National Year of Reading, and in celebration of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature status, an unnamed lane in the city, off Little LaTrobe Street, is to be named Literature Lane. Literature Lane will join other famous Melbourne lanes, including AC/DC Lane and Dame Edna Place and will be launched by the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on May 21.

April 2012 Newsletter

April 30, 2012

The April newsletter highlights some of the activities being hosted by our amazingly creative National Year of Reading community.  Download your copy here and join our mailing list to receive future issues of the newsletter.

Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Queensland

April 25, 2012

The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition continues its journey around Australia, arriving in Queensland on April 20th. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illlustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre until May 12th.

Our Story Competition

April 17, 2012

The National Year of Reading Our Story winners were announced on February 14th by Minister Simon Crean. The Our Story competition is now well underway with great book reviews being received for the eight winning titles. You can enter by writing a book review of any of the winning 8 books in 50 words or less by the closing date of April 30. Individuals and groups are welcome to enter. Please see http://www.thereadingroom.com/book-club/national-year-of-reading/1921%22 for more information.

10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die

April 05, 2012

To celebrate the National Year of Reading, ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club is looking for the 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die - the great Australian Reading List. ABC TV have approached a range of Australians; from the worlds of sport, politics, entertainment, as well as grass roots readers and have developed a shortlist of 50 Australian classics to chose from. More information and voting slips are available from the ABC Website

March 2012 Newsletter

March 30, 2012

The National Year of Reading has arrived!  The latest newsletter is full of news about the wonderful activities taking place across Australia to celebrate and promote reading.  Download your copy or subscribe to automatically receive future issues.

Disney Junior supports The Reading Hour

March 21, 2012

Have you seen this spot running on the Disney Junior channel? It premiered on the 14th of February and Disney created it to promote this important message to families in the lead up to The Reading Hour on 25th August, 2012. More information coming soon.

Read This! 2012 Creative Reading Prize

March 15, 2012

Entries are now open for the Read This! 2012 Creative Reading Prize. This project is a celebration of books for young adults and an opportunity for those aged between 12 and 18 years to share their love of books and reading with their peers in a creative way. Read This! is a joint initiative between the National Year of Reading, State Library of Victoria(Centre for Youth Literature), Good Reading Magazine and Madman Entertainment. More information about the competition is available here.

Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Canberra

March 14, 2012

The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition continues its journey around Australia, opening in Canberra yesterday. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illlustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Civic Library until the end of March, after which it will travel to Queensland.

ReadSpeaker on our website

February 27, 2012

When you can't read, how do you understand the words on a website? One of our partners,ReadSpeaker, has generously installed its technology right here - and we promised to let everyone know about it. ReadSpeaker provides websites and mobile apps with a speech engine that turns any text on the screen into natural sounding speech at the click of a mouse. The ReadSpeaker speech engine incorporates text highlighting of each word being spoken. This encourages readers to associate the sound of a word with the word itself. Visitors to our website can now click the "Listen to this page" button to hear and see this amazing technology in action.

National Year of Reading Launched

February 20, 2012

On 14 February 2012 and throughout the week, there were celebrations all around Australia to welcome the start of the National Year of Reading. There was enormous support from the media, VIPs, celebrities and all three levels of government, with the Prime Minister, Australian Government Arts Minister and School Education Minister, Premiers, state and territory Arts and Education Ministers, federal and state/territory MPs, Lord Mayors, Mayors and Councillors all attending campaign launch events.

At the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told guests, 'I want Australia to be many things: a prosperous nation, an innovative nation, but I certainly want us to be a reading nation... I want every Australian to know the joy and pleasure that comes from books and reading.'

February 2012 Newsletter

February 15, 2012

The latest newsletter is filled with news about the National Year of Reading launch, details of the winning Our Story books, and information about other National Year of Reading programs and our special ambassador features. 

Download your copy today or join the mailing list to automatically receive future newsletter issues.

Minister Crean announces Our Story winners

February 14, 2012

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced the National Year of Reading Our Story winners. Thanks to the thousands of Australians who voted on the ABC website or in their local library for the book to represent their state or territory during the National Year of Reading 2012. Now take part in Australia's biggest book group, based on the Our Story collection. Join a book club (ask at your local library), take part in the online discussion with The Reading Room or enter the book review competition. More information

Press Releases: Download the media pack from the national launch

February 14, 2012
  1. Eight winning titles for Australia's biggest book group
  2. The Reading Hour - 25 August 2012
  3. Touring exhibition and under-12s competition heading for every state and territory
  4. Teens tell us what to read in 2012
  5. Famous names behind the National Year of Reading

Download the full media deck.

Love2Read Café in WA

February 10, 2012

The State Library of Western Australia has kick-started the National Year of Reading with the launch of the Love2Read Café, an outdoor reading room based on the Bryant Park model in New York. The Love2Read Café will stay open until Sunday 26 February, and is situated in the canopied area out the front of the State Library, creating a new venue within the Perth Cultural Centre. Filled with brightly coloured chairs and tables, and five book trolleys featuring a range of reading materials, the Love2Read Café also has a range of programs and free events suitable for all audiences.

January 2012 Newsletter

January 31, 2012

The count down is on!  Take a look at the latest National Year of Reading newsletter to get a snapshot of recent and upcoming activities.

Previous newsletters can be found on our news page.

National Year of Reading Launch

January 18, 2012

The launch of the National Year of Reading is just a few weeks away and libraries, bookshop and community groups around the country are planning their 14 February activities. At the National Library in Canberra, our event will be hosted by the ABC's Jennifer Byrne, and we'll have some very special guests, including our patron, much loved writer and actor William McInnes, and award-winning children's author - and Children's Laureate - Boori Monty Pryor

ReadSpeaker, The Voice of the Web!

January 17, 2012

The National Year of Reading is proud to announce ReadSpeaker as our latest partner. ReadSpeaker provides websites and mobile apps with a speech engine that turns any text on the screen into natural sounding speech at the click of a mouse. The ReadSpeaker speech engine, now available on our website, incorporates text highlighting of each word being spoken. This encourages readers to associate the sound of a word with the word itself thus enhancing learning to read outcomes.

Australia Day Ambassadors

January 16, 2012

We are pleased to report that several National Year of Reading ambassadors have also been selected as Australia Day ambassadors.  This includes Bryce Courtenay, Gerrard Gossens, Ben O'Donoghue and Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex.  See the Australia Day website for more details.

Big Names Sign on as ACT National Year of Reading Ambassadors

December 22, 2011

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced the ACT Ambassadors for the National Year of Reading and expressed how pleased she was to be able to take up the role as Primary Ambassador. Select this link to see the Chief Minister's full announcement. 

Profiles of the ACT ambassadors can be found on our website.

National Year of Reading Takes Off Across the State

December 16, 2011

Queensland Arts Minister Rachel Nolan will join a host of famous Queenslanders as ambassadors for the National Year of Reading in 2012.  Ms Nolan announced the special ambassadors who will be promoting reading across Queensland next year alongside the State Library of Queensland and Queensland public libraries. 

December Newsletter Out Now!

December 13, 2011

Our December newsletter features news about Australia's first Children's Laureates, plans for the launch of the National Year of Reading on 14th February 2012, an update on the 'Our Story' voting and more....

Download your copy and join the mailing list to automatically receive future issues.

Earlier editions of the newsletter are available on our wiki.

Bookstores and Libraries - Register today!

November 24, 2011

There are some great benefits to be had by registering your library or bookstore with the National Year of Reading! Registered outlets will hear about promotions, free, downloadable materials, and advance information about national events. All you have to do is complete the registration form .

Listen to the winning stories

November 23, 2011

"It's never too late ... to learn to read" is about adult Australians who struggle with reading and this week everyone will benefit from the release of recorded short stories, which dramatise the inner lives of people learning to read as adults.

Listen to the stories...

November Newsletter Now Available

November 22, 2011

Keep up-to-date with the smorgasboard of National Year of Reading activities.  Download your copy today, or sign up to automatically receive future issues. 

Press Release: Be in at the start of Australia's biggest book group

October 18, 2011

Australia's National Year of Reading 2012 starts here with the opportunity for you to vote for the book that you think should represent your state or territory as one of the eight on our national recommended reading list for 2012. 

Shortlisted titles for "Our Story" announced. 

Download the full media release.

October Newsletter Out Now

October 17, 2011

This edition features the Our Story shortlist, an update on the Reading Hour program, news about our YouTube channel and much more.  Download your copy today and join the mailing list to automatically receive future issues.

Download our September Newsletter

September 16, 2011

The September newsletter includes some wonderful pictures taken at our soft launch at Bialik College, details of the Love2read twitter reading group, news from the Indigenous Literacy Day festival, and the Adult Learners' Week short story writing competion results. 

You can download the pdf version and join our mailing list to receive future issues. Please forward the newsletter to your friends and colleagues.

August Newsletter

August 31, 2011

The August newsletter contains information about the soft launch of the National Year of Reading, some very special famous faces joining us as official ambassadors, one very unique library, and plenty of other information to browse through!

You can download the pdf version here and join our mailing list here to receive future issues. We encourage you to forward the newsletter to your friends and colleagues.

Australian Government announces $1.3M funding for the National Year of Reading 2012

August 07, 2011
During the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards event at the National Library of Australia, in Canberra today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard formally announced the Australian Government’s support for the National Year of Reading 2012 and funding of $1.3million through the Office for the Arts and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
 
Minister for the Arts Simon Crean said the National Year of Reading is an excellent initiative to highlight the importance of reading as a life skill and as a source of enjoyment.  “I commend the libraries and library associations, including the Australian Library and Information Association, for working to inspire a love of reading in Australians. The benefits of improved literacy are significant for both the community and workplace productivity,” Mr Crean said.
 
There are 15 organisations behind the National Year of Reading, including all the state libraries, territory libraries and public library associations across Australia. Although libraries are the driving force behind the campaign, partnerships are being forged with writers, publishers, booksellers, schools, government, media and the companies behind some of Australia’s most famous household name brands.
 
The founders recognise the great work that Australian reading promotion and literacy organisations already do and hope that by attracting further attention to the issue for a 12–month period, there can be a step-change in people’s awareness of the enormous value of books and the joy of reading.
 
Download the full media release here, or our "breaking news" newsletter here.

July newsletter now available!

July 29, 2011

The July newsletter features some terrific National Year of Reading partnerships.  You can download the pdf version here and join our mailing list here to receive future issues.  We encourage you to forward the newsletter to your friends and colleagues.

William McInnes is our patron

February 14, 2011

Award-winning actor and bestselling author William McInnes has accepted the role of patron of the National Year of Reading 2012. Download the media release here.

National Year of Reading 2012 wiki

February 14, 2011

Visit our new wiki to find lots of resources and a guide that gives you all the background information.

Flood Disaster

January 20, 2011

Our thoughts are with colleagues, partners and friends in Queensland, country Victoria and Western Australia. Everyone we've spoken to has been amazingly stoic in the face of natural disasters on an unprecedented scale. 

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

November 08, 2010

Congratulations to the Prime Minister's Award winners:

Children's fiction winner

    Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood

Young Adult fiction winner

    Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon

Fiction winner

    Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

Non-fiction winner

    The Colony: A History of Early Sydney by Grace Karskens

SPA Book of the Year Awards

October 19, 2010

Speech Pathology Australia announced the 2010 Book of the Year Award winners today. Congratulations to all the winners! The awards raise awareness of the role speech pathologists have in assisting language development and literacy skills in people of all ages, and recognise the best books for language development. 

See the poster for the 2010 winners, and visit the website for further information.

International Literacy Day

September 08, 2010

To mark International Literacy Day 2010, the National Year of Reading has released an email signature - head over to our Reading Professionals page to download it  and use it as you like!

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