This is an event sponsored by a range of reading and cultural organisations in Australia, such as the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and state libraries from around the country.
The goal is to rediscover (or discover) the joy and benefits of reading. In children, reading can help with literacy, language skills (both written and oral), empathy, and identity formation. For adults, reading can reduce stress, improve communication skills, and be a great way to escape and relax.
There are resources for librarians, booksellers, and teachers who want to participate in the Australian Reading Hour, and libraries and bookshops across the country will be holding reading events and author events.
I doubt that many of these facts about reading and readers are new to the Book Riot audience, and there isn’t much arm-twisting needed to convince you to read for an hour, but I think this could still be a nice reminder: if you’ve been extra busy, or over-worked, or stressed, and haven’t been able to read as much as you’d like in recent times, perhaps you could carve out an hour somewhere on the 14th of September. Read for leisure. Read for pleasure. Read because reading is awesome.