Australia Reads


Celebrate Australia Reads with Libraries ACT

Unwind, get inspired and find joy in books with us—and with the rest of Australia—as we celebrate Australia Reads.

Australia Reads is a national campaign running from 1–12 November that celebrates the benefits and joys of reading. And as well as being fun, reading keeps the brain active, reduces stress and fosters self-awareness.

You're invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour and read on Thursday 12 November for the main event, the Australian Reading hour! You can read at any time, anywhere and read anything you like. Our branches are all open, so search our catalogue, come in and borrow something new or ask staff for a recommendation. Otherwise, check out our digital resources including downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks or digital magazines, they are all free and so convenient to access.

This year, Australia Reads has some great online events for kids, teens and adults where you can virtually meet and hear from some great Australian authors. You can visit the Australia Reads website for more information, book recommendations based on school year, register for the Australian Reading hour, and even create your own personalised Australia Reads art to share.

Australia Reads - Kids virtual event

Monday 9 November | 10.30am AEDT

Join an all-star line up of incredible Australian authors including Peter Helliar, Anna Fienberg, Jacqueline Harvey, Andy Griffiths, Beck Feiner, Ursula Dubosarsky and Sami Bayly as we celebrate Australia Reads.

Australia Reads - Teen virtual event

Monday 9 November | 12.30pm AEDT

Join an all-star line up of incredible Australian YA authors including Will Kostakis, Garth Nix, Jay Kirstoff, Amie Kaufmann, Cath Moore, Lisa Fuller, Rawah Arja and Alex Dyson as we celebrate Australia Reads.

Each author will give an insight into their writing process, character development and how reading encourages emphathy and increases connection.

Australia Reads - Main virtual eventĀ 

Wednesday 11 November | 12.30pm AEDT

Join an all-star line up of incredible Australian authors including Judy Nunn, Peter Fitzsimons, Peter Helliar, Michael Robotham, Dervla McTiernan, Tanya Plibersek, Andy Griffiths, Nikki Gemmell, Anita Heiss, Virginia Trioli and more.

Australian Reading Hour

Thursday 12 November | Anytime

Create your own Australia Reads art

Be a proud reader and share your reading with friends.