Read Hour

The joy of reading.

A campaign challenges everyone to read for an hour on the 8th of September.

Let’s read more together!

Read Hour celebrates the joy of reading on 8th September. Spend just one hour of your day reading, whether that be a book, magazine or comic book – everything is encouraged. Share your best reading tips and encourage everybody to join on social media with hashtags #ReadHour.

Have a look at the campaign materials for UK:

Material for schools

Material for libraries

Materials for bookshops

Materials for partners

Read Hour spreads the joy of reading on September 8th – almost 60,000 children and young people are participating in Finland

Read Hour will be celebrated from September 4th to 8th. A week filled with the joy of reading culminates in Read Hour on Friday, September 8th.
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Read Hour in the UK

We asked Emily Souders from Riot Communications what is going on during Read Hour in their country.
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Read Hour i Sverige

Vi frågade Elisabet Reslegård från Läsrörelsen vad som är på gång i samband med Read Hour i Sverige.
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Read Hour in Norway

We asked Vibeke Røgler from Foreningen !les what is going on during Read Hour in their country.
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Ryhmä lapsia ihmettelevät yhdessä yhtä kirjaa.

How can you participate in Read Hour?

Everybody can participate in Read Hour by reading one hour and spread the joy of reading! In 2023 we encourage you to read a book from the children and youth litterature.

You can for example think of how your favourite book would be described with emojis. What kind of happy reading memories do you have from your childhood or adolescene?

Share your thoughts and follow the atmosphere on social media with #ReadHour.