Summer Reading

Reading is a great way to relax, so it’s the perfect activity to indulge in over summer (and any other time). It’s also important for children to keep reading over the holidays so their reading skills don’t decline.

Read by yourself and read as a family. There are lots of fantastic books to choose from. If you’re looking for reading recommendations, why not try a new author each week?

Online Summer Reading Club for children

Kids from all over Australia can take part in the Australian Summer Reading Club which runs from 1 December 2016 - 31 January 2017. This year's theme is 'Heroes and Villains'. You'll find:

  • Online writing competitions
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Games
  • Author blogs
  • And lots more

All children who register for the Summer Reading Club will go into a national draw to win 1 of 8 iPods. Parental permission to enter the prize draw is required for all children aged 12 and under. One winner will be drawn from each state/territory. Parents can register their children on the official website.

Top summer tips – Keep your kids’ mojo alive over summer!

Did you know that kids’ reading skills can decline over the summer holidays? It’s important to keep their reading up over the break so they can go into the new school year with confidence. Here are some ideas to help you over the holiday period:

  • Read aloud with your child every day.
  • Keep lots of reading material around the house: books, magazines, newspapers, comics.
  • Let kids choose what they read.
  • Listen to audio books in the car.
  • Ask kids about what they’re reading and listen to what they say.
  • Encourage kids to keep a scrapbook of your family’s summer activities.
  • Book into one, or more, of our school holiday programs for plenty of fun and learning.
  • Join the Summer Reading Club at for great activities and competitions. Kids all over Australia will be taking part.
  • Check out all the entertaining and educational eResources we have for kids, like Literacy Planet and Story Box Library.

Make sure you visit the library regularly over summer and drop by before a trip away to stock up on books to take with you.

Reading Recommendations

Looking for reading inspiration?

  • Try BorrowBox, our Australian eBook and eAudio service - a great choice for when you’re travelling. Download the BorrowBox app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices, or access titles via your internet browser.
  • Browse our Reading Hour list of ideas for different ways to include reading in your Summer - you can use more than books.
  • Read something by one or more of the authors suggested by library staff - they cover a range of genres and time periods.
Authors for adults

There are so many wonderful books, it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to start. Here are some authors to help you begin your summer reading journey:

You'll find other recommended reading listed on our Pinterest page, including some staff favourites and the most requested items over the past several years. The Better Reading website also has lots of great lists to explore.