What an incredible ride it has been! Download a copy of our final newsletter for 2012 in which we showcase another collection of wonderful National Year of Reading events and activities.
Final National Year of Reading NewsletterDecember 18, 2012
What an amazing year of reading!November 30, 2012
The latest newsletter is now available, and showcases just a few of the thousands of events and activities celebrating the National Year of Reading all around Australia. Download your own copy here, or register to automatically receive the final newsletter for the year that will be available towards the end of December.
Are We There Yet?November 23, 2012
There is still time to see the Are We There Yet? touring exhibition currently showing at Melbourne City Library. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Melbourne City Library until November 30.
National Year of Reading legacy eventNovember 14, 2012
Wonderful to have the Governor-General and Minister Crean join us at the National Library on Monday to celebrate the National Year of Reading. More than 150 guests came along and there was an exciting debate about the future of the Love2Read brand. Library founder partners have committed to supporting it beyond 2013 - watch this space.
Newsletter now availableNovember 11, 2012
Ambassadors on the move - so much still to come for NYR 2012!October 25, 2012
While 2012 might be drawing to a close, our year-long celebration of reading is still going strong! You can catch some of our fabulous NYR ambassadors at events around the country during October and November as they keep the message alive. Keep an eye out for celebrated authors and illustrators Peter Watt, Mem Fox & Judy Horacek, Andy Griffiths, Peter Carnavas, Jeannette Rowe, Susannah McFarlane, Barry Heard, Kel Robertson and John Hughes as they celebrate NYR at events around the country.
Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in WAOctober 10, 2012
The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opened in Wanneroo, WA on 28 September, 2012. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre until October 26.
NYR NewsletterOctober 08, 2012
August Newsletter Now AvailableAugust 31, 2012
People’s Choice voting openAugust 30, 2012
The winners for the 2012 "It's never too late ... to learn to read” short story competition were announced on August 25 during The Reading Hour. Judges have chosen 14 winners, 8 published and 6 unpublished from an amazing number of entries and these wonderful stories about the struggles and triumphs of people who learn to read in adulthood are now available to read on our website.
Now we need your help to select a ‘People’s Choice Winner’ – read all 14 winning stories and vote for your favourite here. Voting closes 30 September.
National Literacy and Numeracy WeekAugust 27, 2012
National Literacy and Numeracy Week starts Monday 27th August and schools all around the nation are planning special activities to mark the week. A highlight event will be ‘Read for Australia’ on Wednesday 29th at 2.00pm. Schools and communities everywhere will be reading Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey -a delightful book about best friends who are different in many ways. For more information on Read for Australia and other activities for National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012 visit the website.
Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in NSWAugust 16, 2012
Now over halfway through its journey around Australia, The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Newcastle, NSW on 17 August,2012. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at the Lovett Gallery, 2nd Floor, Newcastle Region Library until September 8.
Stephen Orr takes his chilling tale on the roadAugust 08, 2012
Stephen Orr, whose compelling novel Time's long Ruin was the South Australian 'Our Story' winner, is touring as part of the celebrations for the 2012 National Year of Reading. Stephen will be speaking at libraries around the state, including visiting the regional communities of Yorketown, Port Augusta and Roxby Downs in the state's north and north west during August.
July Newsletter Out Now!July 31, 2012
Take a look at our latest newsletter where we shine the spotlight on some terrific National Year of Reading initiatives including: The Reading Hour, our new library advertisement, the Adult Learners' Week short- story competition, and the 10 Aussie books you should read before you die. We also provide a snap shot of many activities that have taken place this month. We certainly have a wonderful National Year of Reading community. Download your own copy of the newsletter today, or join our mailing list to automatically to receive future copies
The Reading Hour - 30 day countdown begins!July 26, 2012
Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour on the 25 August 2012. The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups all day, all around the country. Find out more about The Reading hour and all the local events happening at www.thereadinghour.org.au
"It's never too late... to learn to read" short story competitionJuly 13, 2012
The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre has been given a grant by the Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education, to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners' Week 2012 (ALW). "It's never too late... to learn to read" is a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers. For some, it will be the chance to tell their own stories; for others, it will be the opportunity to imagine the experiences of an adult learning to read. Our aim is for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that "It's never too late... to learn to read". For further details of the competition see the Love2Read website
Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in South AustraliaJuly 09, 2012
Continuing the journey around Australia, The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in Millicent, South Australia on July 11. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Wattle Range Library until August 1.
June Newsletter Now AvailableJune 29, 2012
Read This! competition winners announcedJune 27, 2012
Congratulations to the winners of the Read This! competition. There were more than 320 amazing creative responses from young adults around the country aimed at convincing friends to read their favourite book. The competition was a collaboration between the National Year of Reading, Inside a Dog,SpineOut Magazine, and Madman Entertainment, and with such a high standard of entries the judging panels around the country had an incredibly difficult job. Shortlists and winners for each state are listed here
Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in TasmaniaJune 04, 2012
The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition continues its journey around Australia and has now arrived in Kingston, Tasmania. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Kingston LINC, 11 Hutchins Street, Kingston until 22 June.
May 2012 NewsletterMay 31, 2012
Arts Minister urges Australians to visit their local librariesMay 21, 2012
Arts Minister Simon Crean launched the Public Library Membership Drive today at Queanbeyan City Library as part of the 2012 National Year of Reading. Speaking at the launch, Mr Crean called on all Australians to join or reconnect with their local library. "Almost half of all Australians are members of public libraries, but there is still more work to be done to increase access and participation," Mr Crean said. "That's why I am pleased to announce at the start of Library and Information Week, the launch of the National Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive."
In time for the campaign, a new library app has been launched for iPhones and iPads. "The Love2Read library app is free to download and will enable people to locate and interact with their nearest library," Mr Crean said. Download the Love2read app to find where your nearest public library is and for information about events and activities for the National Year of Reading in your state and territory.
National Simultaneous StorytimeMay 17, 2012
Libraries around the country are gearing up to celebrate Library and Information Week from 20-26 May. One of the major events happening during the week is the National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 23 May at 11.00am EST. Nick Bland’s the Very Cranky Bear will be read at the same time at over 1,800 locations across Australia. At the Taminmin Library in the Northern Territory, there will be a special performance of the book by Nick Bland and the Taminmin College’s Klasact student theatre ensemble, which will be web streamed live from the library. Further details can be found at the National Year of Reading website calendar and the ALIA NSS website.
Literature Lane launch in MelbourneMay 14, 2012
As a lasting legacy of the National Year of Reading, and in celebration of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature status, an unnamed lane in the city, off Little LaTrobe Street, is to be named Literature Lane. Literature Lane will join other famous Melbourne lanes, including AC/DC Lane and Dame Edna Place and will be launched by the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on May 21.
April 2012 NewsletterApril 30, 2012
Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in QueenslandApril 25, 2012
The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition continues its journey around Australia, arriving in Queensland on April 20th. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illlustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre until May 12th.
Our Story CompetitionApril 17, 2012
The National Year of Reading Our Story winners were announced on February 14th by Minister Simon Crean. The Our Story competition is now well underway with great book reviews being received for the eight winning titles. You can enter by writing a book review of any of the winning 8 books in 50 words or less by the closing date of April 30. Individuals and groups are welcome to enter. Please see http://www.thereadingroom.com/book-club/national-year-of-reading/1921%22 for more information.
10 Aussie Books to Read Before You DieApril 05, 2012
To celebrate the National Year of Reading, ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club is looking for the 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die - the great Australian Reading List. ABC TV have approached a range of Australians; from the worlds of sport, politics, entertainment, as well as grass roots readers and have developed a shortlist of 50 Australian classics to chose from. More information and voting slips are available from the ABC Website
March 2012 NewsletterMarch 30, 2012
Disney Junior supports The Reading HourMarch 21, 2012
Have you seen this spot running on the Disney Junior channel? It premiered on the 14th of February and Disney created it to promote this important message to families in the lead up to The Reading Hour on 25th August, 2012. More information coming soon.
Read This! 2012 Creative Reading PrizeMarch 15, 2012
Entries are now open for the Read This! 2012 Creative Reading Prize. This project is a celebration of books for young adults and an opportunity for those aged between 12 and 18 years to share their love of books and reading with their peers in a creative way. Read This! is a joint initiative between the National Year of Reading, State Library of Victoria(Centre for Youth Literature), Good Reading Magazine and Madman Entertainment. More information about the competition is available here.
Are We There Yet? touring exhibition opens in CanberraMarch 14, 2012
The Are We There Yet? touring exhibition continues its journey around Australia, opening in Canberra yesterday. The exhibition, based on Alison Lester's gorgeous picture book, shows both the original illlustrations as well as preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book - from Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book. The exhibition will be showing at Civic Library until the end of March, after which it will travel to Queensland.
ReadSpeaker on our websiteFebruary 27, 2012
When you can't read, how do you understand the words on a website? One of our partners,ReadSpeaker, has generously installed its technology right here - and we promised to let everyone know about it. ReadSpeaker provides websites and mobile apps with a speech engine that turns any text on the screen into natural sounding speech at the click of a mouse. The ReadSpeaker speech engine incorporates text highlighting of each word being spoken. This encourages readers to associate the sound of a word with the word itself. Visitors to our website can now click the "Listen to this page" button to hear and see this amazing technology in action.
National Year of Reading LaunchedFebruary 20, 2012
On 14 February 2012 and throughout the week, there were celebrations all around Australia to welcome the start of the National Year of Reading. There was enormous support from the media, VIPs, celebrities and all three levels of government, with the Prime Minister, Australian Government Arts Minister and School Education Minister, Premiers, state and territory Arts and Education Ministers, federal and state/territory MPs, Lord Mayors, Mayors and Councillors all attending campaign launch events.
At the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told guests, 'I want Australia to be many things: a prosperous nation, an innovative nation, but I certainly want us to be a reading nation... I want every Australian to know the joy and pleasure that comes from books and reading.'
February 2012 NewsletterFebruary 15, 2012
The latest newsletter is filled with news about the National Year of Reading launch, details of the winning Our Story books, and information about other National Year of Reading programs and our special ambassador features.
Minister Crean announces Our Story winnersFebruary 14, 2012
Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced the National Year of Reading Our Story winners. Thanks to the thousands of Australians who voted on the ABC website or in their local library for the book to represent their state or territory during the National Year of Reading 2012. Now take part in Australia's biggest book group, based on the Our Story collection. Join a book club (ask at your local library), take part in the online discussion with The Reading Room or enter the book review competition. More information
Press Releases: Download the media pack from the national launchFebruary 14, 2012
Eight winning titles for Australia's biggest book group
The Reading Hour - 25 August 2012
Touring exhibition and under-12s competition heading for every state and territory
Teens tell us what to read in 2012
Famous names behind the National Year of Reading
Download the full media deck.
Love2Read Café in WAFebruary 10, 2012
The State Library of Western Australia has kick-started the National Year of Reading with the launch of the Love2Read Café, an outdoor reading room based on the Bryant Park model in New York. The Love2Read Café will stay open until Sunday 26 February, and is situated in the canopied area out the front of the State Library, creating a new venue within the Perth Cultural Centre. Filled with brightly coloured chairs and tables, and five book trolleys featuring a range of reading materials, the Love2Read Café also has a range of programs and free events suitable for all audiences.
January 2012 NewsletterJanuary 31, 2012
National Year of Reading LaunchJanuary 18, 2012
The launch of the National Year of Reading is just a few weeks away and libraries, bookshop and community groups around the country are planning their 14 February activities. At the National Library in Canberra, our event will be hosted by the ABC's Jennifer Byrne, and we'll have some very special guests, including our patron, much loved writer and actor William McInnes, and award-winning children's author - and Children's Laureate - Boori Monty Pryor
ReadSpeaker, The Voice of the Web!January 17, 2012
The National Year of Reading is proud to announce ReadSpeaker as our latest partner. ReadSpeaker provides websites and mobile apps with a speech engine that turns any text on the screen into natural sounding speech at the click of a mouse. The ReadSpeaker speech engine, now available on our website, incorporates text highlighting of each word being spoken. This encourages readers to associate the sound of a word with the word itself thus enhancing learning to read outcomes.
Australia Day AmbassadorsJanuary 16, 2012
We are pleased to report that several National Year of Reading ambassadors have also been selected as Australia Day ambassadors. This includes Bryce Courtenay, Gerrard Gossens, Ben O'Donoghue and Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex. See the Australia Day website for more details.
Big Names Sign on as ACT National Year of Reading AmbassadorsDecember 22, 2011
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced the ACT Ambassadors for the National Year of Reading and expressed how pleased she was to be able to take up the role as Primary Ambassador. Select this link to see the Chief Minister's full announcement.
Profiles of the ACT ambassadors can be found on our website.
National Year of Reading Takes Off Across the StateDecember 16, 2011
Queensland Arts Minister Rachel Nolan will join a host of famous Queenslanders as ambassadors for the National Year of Reading in 2012. Ms Nolan announced the special ambassadors who will be promoting reading across Queensland next year alongside the State Library of Queensland and Queensland public libraries.
December Newsletter Out Now!December 13, 2011
Our December newsletter features news about Australia's first Children's Laureates, plans for the launch of the National Year of Reading on 14th February 2012, an update on the 'Our Story' voting and more....
Earlier editions of the newsletter are available on our wiki.
Bookstores and Libraries - Register today!November 24, 2011
There are some great benefits to be had by registering your library or bookstore with the National Year of Reading! Registered outlets will hear about promotions, free, downloadable materials, and advance information about national events. All you have to do is complete the registration form .
Listen to the winning storiesNovember 23, 2011
"It's never too late ... to learn to read" is about adult Australians who struggle with reading and this week everyone will benefit from the release of recorded short stories, which dramatise the inner lives of people learning to read as adults.
November Newsletter Now AvailableNovember 22, 2011
Press Release: Be in at the start of Australia's biggest book groupOctober 18, 2011
Australia's National Year of Reading 2012 starts here with the opportunity for you to vote for the book that you think should represent your state or territory as one of the eight on our national recommended reading list for 2012.
Shortlisted titles for "Our Story" announced.
Download the full media release.
October Newsletter Out NowOctober 17, 2011
Download our September NewsletterSeptember 16, 2011
The September newsletter includes some wonderful pictures taken at our soft launch at Bialik College, details of the Love2read twitter reading group, news from the Indigenous Literacy Day festival, and the Adult Learners' Week short story writing competion results.
August NewsletterAugust 31, 2011
The August newsletter contains information about the soft launch of the National Year of Reading, some very special famous faces joining us as official ambassadors, one very unique library, and plenty of other information to browse through!
Australian Government announces $1.3M funding for the National Year of Reading 2012August 07, 2011
July newsletter now available!July 29, 2011
William McInnes is our patronFebruary 14, 2011
Award-winning actor and bestselling author William McInnes has accepted the role of patron of the National Year of Reading 2012. Download the media release here.
National Year of Reading 2012 wikiFebruary 14, 2011
Visit our new wiki to find lots of resources and a guide that gives you all the background information.
Flood DisasterJanuary 20, 2011
Our thoughts are with colleagues, partners and friends in Queensland, country Victoria and Western Australia. Everyone we've spoken to has been amazingly stoic in the face of natural disasters on an unprecedented scale.
Prime Minister's Literary AwardsNovember 08, 2010
Congratulations to the Prime Minister's Award winners:
Children's fiction winner
Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood
Young Adult fiction winner
Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon
Dog Boy by Eva Hornung
The Colony: A History of Early Sydney by Grace Karskens
SPA Book of the Year AwardsOctober 19, 2010
Speech Pathology Australia announced the 2010 Book of the Year Award winners today. Congratulations to all the winners! The awards raise awareness of the role speech pathologists have in assisting language development and literacy skills in people of all ages, and recognise the best books for language development.
International Literacy DaySeptember 08, 2010
To mark International Literacy Day 2010, the National Year of Reading has released an email signature - head over to our Reading Professionals page to download it and use it as you like!