This week we are celebrating Australia Reads, a campaign to encourage Australians of all ages and from all walks of life to share and celebrate the joy of reading. Although we are unable to hold a program this year, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to participate.
On Thurs 12 Nov, you’re invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour and pick up a book in celebration of Australian Reading Hour. You can also celebrate virtually with a kids and teens event on Mon 9 Nov and the main Australia Reads event on Wed 11 Nov.
In recognition of this week, we would like to share four reasons to participate in Australian Reading Hour from the Australia Reads Campaign.
1. Reading reduces stress by 68%
It works faster than listening to music, going for a walk or enjoying a cup of tea.
2. Reading advances children’s learning
A bedtime story six days a week can put kids almost a year ahead when they start school. If you think you can do it, consider participating in our early literacy program 1000 Books Before School.
3. Reading is good for your brain
It’s as simple as that. Reading helps keep you active as you get older.
4. Reading leads to self-awareness
It is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identity.