On Thursday September 19 2019, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book.
The aim is for Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, escape and relax.
In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.
In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.
Read more from the Australian Reading Hour Ambassadors
“Reading changes everything, especially for children. I love that ARH encourages Australians of all ages to read for one hour, because books inspire the imagination, imagination births creativity and creativity changes the world into what we need it to be for the future. As far as I’m concerned, it all starts with a book.”
“As a children’s author and TV producer I have witnessed the power of stories to inspire and nurture emotional and intellectual development in kids. I am passionate about the importance of reading for pleasure and believe that every child deserves access to stories that provide them with the tools to understand the world around them. This has always been my goal as a writer; to connect with readers and bring joy, laughter, escapism and a means to process the complexities of their lives.”
“Reading, rhyming, singing and talking – beginning from birth – profoundly influence literacy and language development, the foundations of all other learning. When other family members become involved or encourage the reading experience it can lead to a very positive, worthwhile, bonding moment as well. For all these reasons I am very happy to be an ambassador. Encourage children and families to read together.”
“Reading is a vital component in developing empathy and fostering compassion in young people. I am delighted to be involved in the Australian Reading Hour for 2019. I never tire of the thrill of listening to children talk about why they love a particular book or character. I love writing and sharing stories. My hope has always been that my readers will see themselves in my stories and understand that no matter how confusing or frightening the world may seem at times, kindness, friendship and integrity always win out in the end.”
Visit the Australian Reading Hour website for more information.