From 1-12 November, Australians of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to share and celebrate the joys of reading. Whether you are picking up a book for the first time or your head is already stuck in one, there are plenty of books, activities and events as part of the festivities. Find out more information about Australia Reads.

The main event on Thursday 12 November is the Australian Reading Hour. You’re invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour, pick up a book and read to yourself or the children in your life. Here are some of their recommended books to explore on the Australia Reads website.

Book Links and Australia Reads
Book Links is busy planning many free exciting events during the Australia Reads campaign. Here is a little of what we have planned so far, but you will need to keep your eyes on our website as we add more details.

  • All sessions will be online with links sent to registered participants prior to events.
  • Time is Queensland time.
  • Some sessions will be recorded and added to YouTube for later viewing.

Sunday 1 Nov
3:00 – 3:30 EST Story Links short story competition for young writers – Winners will be announced, and the best of the entries will be read aloud. Book here
3:30 – 3:45 Will Parmesan win the Cup? Stay on for a bit longer to hear local author Jacqui Halpin read her picture book Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse illustrated by John Phillips, published by Little Pink Dog Books. It will get you in the mood for the Melbourne Cup.

Monday 2 Nov
12:00 – 1:00 EST Ask an Author with Jackie French, Michael Gerard Bauer and James Moloney. Have you ever wanted to ask an author a question?
We have three award winning authors online to chat with you.
Information about registering and how to participate.

Tuesday 3 Nov
9:30 – 10:30 EST Children’s Choices – What should you read for the Reading Hour? Listen to children recommending to other young readers their ideas for great books to read during the Reading Hour. Children are invited to participate by submitting short videos making their recommendations or ‘book trailers’ created by children submitted in advance for us to share.
Information about registering and how to participate.

Wednesday 4 Nov
4:30 – 5:30 EST Meet the Author! Beat the Author! – Do authors know their books as well as you do? See if you are smarter than the authors and can answer first. Quotes will be read and questions asked from books by these authors. Jackie French, Michael Gerard Bauer, Brian Falkner, Chris Bongers, Dave Lowe, Samantha Wheeler, Will Kostakis. Register here.

Thursday 5 Nov
2:00 – 3:00 EST The Author’s Voice – Hear notable authors read sections from their books. Jackie French, James Moloney, Michael Gerard Bauer, Brian Falkner, Allison Rushby, Chris Bongers, Will Kostakis, Dave Lowe, Samantha Wheeler and Sally Rippin.
Information about registering and how to participate.

Friday 6 Nov
4:30 – 5:30 EST Which author is that? Quotes from books by amazing authors will be read out and we will see which team can identify the authors and titles of the books.
Authors participating : Quiz master: Brian Falkner
Team A – Pamela Rushby, Christine Bongers, Samantha Wheeler
Team B – Michael Gerard Bauer, Will Kostakis, Dave Lowe
Register here.

Saturday 7 Nov
12:30 – 2:00pm EST Write Links Workshop with award winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson on writing and illustrating picture books on historical themes. This will be a free session and aimed at adults interested in writing and/or illustrating. Bookings open

Sunday 8 November
3:00 – 4:30 pm EST Read this! – Listen to a group of adult book lovers making recommendations for books to hook kids in. This will include a few bookshops offering their expertise as well as other book lovers. Book here to join in.

We are looking for adult volunteers who love reading children’s books to recommend what they think would be a good read for the Reading Hour. We will divide the session into Picture Books, Junior Readers, Middle Grade Readers. If we receive YA recommendations, we may add that too. As for the children, this can be a video you submit, a link to a video or talk live. WANTED: If you would like to be involved email us.

Monday 9 November
Review the Week – We hope our recordings will be up to use this day to replay what you want, when you want.

There are also some events being run this day by Australia Reads for Kids at 10:30 am AEDT and Australia Reads Teens at 12:30pm AEDT

Tuesday 10 November
9:30 – 10:30 In a virtual event, Australia Reads Ambassadors Jacqueline Harvey and Will Kostakis will discuss the joys of reading, their books, and writing for the young and the young at heart. Jacqueline Harvey (bestselling author of the Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max series of books) and Will Kostakis (award-winning author of The Sidekicks, The First Third and the Monuments series) will talk about the importance of reading and why they’re excited to be ambassadors for the program in 2020. They’ll read excerpts from the books they’ve written especially for the Australia Reads campaign before a Q&A focused on all things books and reading. Booking open

12:00 – 1:00 EST Meet the Illustrators with Caroline Magerl, (Nop, Honour Book CBCA 2020 Picture Book of the Year Award) and Anil Tortop, (Bat vs Poss, written by Alexa Moses, CBCA Shortlist Early Childhood) Reading the pictures is as important as reading the words. Find out how they create these pictures. Book here.

Wednesday 11 November
Australia Reads will hold an event this day 12.30 pm AEDT. Check their website.

Thursday 12 NovThe Reading Hour – What will you be reading?