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!
There are lots of books that getting the dramatic treatment in 2016, either for the movies or for TV and it is a truth universally acknowledged that the book is better 99% of the time.
Here are some of the books which may come to Australian screens in 2016*
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and a Thousand Cocktails by Mike and Dave Stangle – humorous true story.
13 Hours in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff – true story, six American soldiers under attack by terrorists in Benghazi.
The Finest Hours by Michael J Tougias and Casey Sherman – true story, sea rescue.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – rewriting of the classic, zombies, romance.
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks – contemporary romance.
How to be Single by liz Tuccillo – thirtysomethings in New York.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – contemporary romance.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs – classic tale of the man brought up by apes.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – suspense.
Inferno by Dan Brown – more in the Robert Langdon thriller series.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – satire set during the Iraq War.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – will be showing in the UK on the BBC in January 2016 so I’m hoping it will make it to Australia sometime in 2016.
The Night Manager by John Le Carre – also being put on by the BBC.
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – being promoted by the ABC already.
The Jack Irish series by Peter Temple – also being promoted by the ABC.
Room by Emma Donoghue – the best selling and Man Booker shortlisted novel about a mother and her child held captive for years.
And there’s another Bridget Jones film coming out, Bridget Jones’ Baby, but apparently it isn’t based on Mad About the Boy – read it anyway!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – science fiction, dystopian.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth – third in the Divergent trilogy. Like the later Harry Potter books, this book will be made into two films.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – a young man’s grief.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – story of the supernatural.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – not a cartoon this time.
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll – the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The BFG by Roald Dahl – story of a young girl and a giant.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (JK Rowling) – about the magical creatures in the Wizarding World.
*This information is from international as well as Australian sources, some films may not make it to Australian screens. See The Guardian for instance.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the Book of the Year winners for 2013 and they are as follows :
Older Readers Book of the Year 2013
For mature readers
Winner : Margo Lanagan – Sea Hearts
Younger Readers Book of the Year 2013
Books intended for independent younger readers.
Winner : Sonya Hartnett – The Children of the King
Early Childhood Book of the Year 2013
Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages.
Winner : Emma Allen & Freya Blackwood (illus.) – The Terrible Suitcase
Picture Book of the Year 2013
Intended for 0-18 year olds.
Winner : Julie Hunt & Ron Brooks (illus.) – The Coat
Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2013
Information books for 0-18 year olds.
Winner : Kristin Weidenbach & Timothy Ide (illus.) – Tom the Outback Mailman
Honour Books : Jakie Kerin & Peter Gouldthorpe (illus.) – Lyrebird! A True Story and Kirsty Murray – Topsy-turvy World : How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers
We featured all the Shortlisted books back in April, you can click here for more great Australian literature for kids.