Australian Reading Hour - Books Create Communities

Australian Reading Hour – Books Create Communities

On Thursday September 20 2018, we’re encouraging all Australians across the country to pick up a book and read for one hour on your own or with your children.

Take the time to learn, grow, escape and relax.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future. In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.

Why read?

• Increasing literacy and numeracy skills has a positive and significant effect on jobs
• Children who know adults who read for pleasure take it for granted that reading is valuable
• The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become and the more prosperous and equitable the society they inhabit
• Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days
• When tested for empathy, readers of narrative fiction achieved significantly higher than other groups
• Reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities
• It was found by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research that reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to.

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I love the eclecticism of readers tastes the fact that any room you sit in with any group of people I'm gonna have people who are passionate about that last thing they read can get a lot of joy out of bonding with someone over a book or even over having a really good argument about a book that's what you want books to do to provoke thought provoke argument and to change the world make it a better place part of the beauty of books is being able to walk in someone else's shoes helping you to understand other people other people's beliefs are the people's lives and I think it's just about community isn't it literature makes memory permanent it finds ways for us to recover the past not in ways which are consoling for us but in ways which are very confronting you

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