The annual Reading Hour aims at encouraging families to spend time reading with each other.
Although the 16th of August from 6 – 7pm is nominated as the specific time and date for Reading Hour 2016 and some families and groups will choose to read for an hour together the intention is not to put extra pressure on people with their already busy lives – the Reading Hour aims to spread the simple message, ‘Share a book for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week, and give the gift of reading’.
The benefits of reading are multiple and the earlier the reading habit starts the better. This infographic spells out some of the benefits of reading.
Magda Szubanski– one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, is the National Ambassador for 2016. Magda Szubanski has a background in comedy, appearing on several sketch shows including Kath & Kim as Sharon Strzelecki.
Her first book Reckoning recently won the Indie Award for Non-Fiction, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and both Biography and Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards!
I especially recommend the audiobook version which is narrated by Magda Szubanski herself. Get it out as a Talking Book or download it to your PC, tablet, iPad or smartphone from Borrowbox.
So, now you know about Reading Hour and why reading is good for you, what are you going to read? We asked around the office and here are some replies :
Patricia – 4 books total (2 per child) – 6 year old: 1 x home reader (Kindergarten student), 1 x Pokemon Book (2 chapters of a chapter book) | 4 year old: 2 pre-schooler books usually a Dr Seuss, fairy-tale or ABC book
Geoff – I am reading The Goblet of Fire to my daughter so will have to do an hour session tonight! She will be happy, when we finish a book we watch the movie the following weekend.
Happy Reading Hour!