National Year of Reading 2012

Many of our partners are organising their own National Year of Reading programs. Check out the list below and visit their websites for more details.


Disney is proud to partner with The National Year of Reading and The Reading Hour, promoting the lifelong benefits of reading. We’re celebrating with in-store activities and competitions at Dymocks Booksellers, bringing the message to life on-air at Disney Junior through a special spot sharing the magic of storytelling, plus a national Reading Super-Hero competition with Scholastic Publishing!

Disney Website


Dymocks Booksellers is passionate about books and for that reason is proud to partner with The National Year of Reading and The Reading Hour, promoting the benefits of reading as a life skill.

We’re celebrating with in-store activities and competitions at selected Dymocks stores, as well as our Dymocks Children’s Charities Reading Hour Pledge which is a fun application on Dymocks Facebook Page for families.

Dymocks Website


Scholastic Australia is looking forward to an exciting few months ahead!

  • May is Family Reading Month and many schools will be running special Book Fairs to celebrate.
  • Nick Bland’s Very Cranky Bear is the title chosen for this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime. We congratulate Nick and hope that all participants enjoy the event.
  • Congratulations also to our CBCA Shortlisted Authors and Illustrators!
  • And we’re celebrating the National Year of Reading, with a national Reading Super-Hero competition with Disney

Scholastic Website

MS Readathon

For over 30 years the MS Readathon, has provided school children of all ages an opportunity to discover and rediscover a love of reading. Throughout the month of August students will raise much needed funds for people living with multiple sclerosis, simply by reading their favourite books! And in 2012, everyone can read for a reason – age is no barrier!

Students, teachers, parents and adults who would like to find out how to get involved in this event simply log onto below.

MS Readathon Website

Sunbeam Foods

Sunbeam Foods has teamed up with Penguin Books for an exciting giveaway that promotes both healthy snacking and a healthy interest in reading. Healthy lunches and snacks are important for children and help with concentration and learning. The great thing about Sultanas is they taste great and are also rich in nutrients. During the promotion, Sunbeam and Penguin gave away a free book for every purchase of 3 Sunbeam snacking products. And we had over 10,000 books to give away!

Sunbeam Foods Website

Kumon Australia

Kumon Australia will be celebrating the joys in reading by joining together with public libraries to encourage students and families to read together for The Reading Hour on August 25.

With over 330 education Centres across the country, Kumon will jointly host these reading sessions at local libraries, to share a love of learning across the wider community.

Kumon Australia Website


Metricon is delighted to partner with the National Year of Reading to encourage their staff, customers and suppliers to join them in the promotion of reading and literacy in 2012. To celebrate The Reading Hour, Metricon are giving away copies of Megan Morton's book 'Homelove' to new customers.

Readers can also win some other great prizes by telling Metricon what they love most about their home.

Metricon Facebook Page



Good Reading Magazine

Two special editions of magazine.


The Reading Room

Our Story book club and competition


Room to Read

Stubbies World Change Challenge


Inside History

Vote now for your favourite history book.


NSW Readers Advisory Service blog

History book voting

Walker Books


Public Libraries Australia Grant


EdAlliance poster giveaway