This week saw the launch of the National Year of Reading.
According to the website, "Nearly half the population struggles without the literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of everyday life and work. There are 46% of Australians who can't read newspapers; follow a recipe; make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle." On the face of it, 46 per cent is a staggering number for a sophisticated Western Democracy, until you consider the migrant population.
Government, libraries, media, bookstores, schools and community groups are banding together for events to encourage children to read, and to share their passion for the written word.
Australian author, P.D. Martin blogs about it over on Murderati
The Australian Women Writers website has a twelve month reading and reviewing challenge
Elizabeth Lhuede steps into controversy on gender bias in the decision-making process of Love2Read's (host of the NYR) "Our Story"shortlist.
Mrs Mac's Library has a list of events and ideas.
And then there's this: The Joy of Books, an animated sequence on You Tube - a lot of work and a lovely ending.