The annual Reading Hour celebration is being held on Tuesday 16 August 2016 from 6–7pm.
Emerging from the National Year of Reading 2012, The Reading Hour is an ongoing campaign from Love2Read to spread the simple message, ‘Share a book for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week, and give the gift of reading’. There are hundreds of celebrations happening in libraries, schools, businesses and homes across the country this year, which are doing just that!
Responding to research highlighting Australia’s critically low literacy rates and the increased social and economic opportunities for children that are read to from an early age, 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. Rather, it encourages the ‘anytime, anywhere’ mantra, building a foundation in society whereby reading is a gift, given freely.
Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, is the National Ambassador for 2016. Szubanski has a background in comedy, appearing on several sketch shows including Kath & Kim as Sharon Strzelecki. Her first book Reckoning recently won the Indie Award for Non-Fiction, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and both Biography and Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards!
Although the official Reading Hour will be held nationwide on Tuesday 16 August 2016, the joy of reading can be celebrated anytime, anywhere.
Anytime is reading time!