The Australian Reading Hour

On Thursday 14 September, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book.

We’re having a ‘read-in’ on Thursday 14 September at Carnegie Library and Community Centre, and Bentleigh and Caulfield Libraries between 6pm and 7pm, and everyone is invited to join us. Come and read your kids a bedtime story or pick up your own book or magazine, grab a blanket and a cuppa and find a place to relax and read.



The Australian Reading Hour encourages adults and children to embrace the benefits of reading for one hour.

It encourages young and old to either rediscover their love of reading or introduce them to the joys of storytelling and


Reading is incredibly important for adults and children, leading to identity formation and setting up success for the

future. Reading reduces stress by 68 per cent — more than listening to music, going for a walk, or a cup of tea.

It’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but just by spending 10 minutes most

nights will give a child the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.