Read Hour

From The Children and Youth Foundation

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Adult

Region(s): All of UK

The Read Hour initiative challenges everyone to read for one hour on 8th September, which is UN International Literacy Day. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of reading and to inspire children and young people to read more.

The official Read Hour takes place between 2pm and 3pm, but schools and families can hold their own Read Hour at any time that suits them. Pupils can read on their own, with friends or with their family,  and all forms of reading are encouraged  – it could be a storybook, a book of non-fiction, a comic or a magazine.

Cost: Free

About  Read Hour: The Read Hour campaign originated in Finland, where it has been running since 2019. In 2021, the campaign expanded to include the UK, Sweden, Estonia and Iceland. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the importance of reading and to halt the decline in literacy among young people. Read Hour is administered by The Children and Youth Foundation.

Further resources:

  • Download posters and resources based on the story The Invisible Child by Tove Jansson to support Read Hour 2023 here.
  • Follow authors and celebrities who are supporting Read Hour on social media using the hashtags #ReadHour and #ReadHourUK. You can also share your own reading tips and pictures.

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Read Hour is an international campaign to encourage reading for pleasure in primary and secondary schools