400,000 New Zealanders did not read a book last year. 40% of us operate below the level of literacy needed for day to day life.

We want more New Zealanders to read more. New Zealand’s literacy rates directly impact on our future prosperity and well-being. We want to grow a nation of readers.

The Book Council helps grow the next generation of readers by delivering programmes in schools to encourage students, especially the most disadvantaged students, to read and write.

We run campaigns to encourage New Zealanders to read, research our reading habits and barriers to reading, and advocate for the importance of reading.

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Bush, Rachel

Rachel Bush published several collections of poetry, and her writing has appeared in numerous New Zealand journals and anthologies. She was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her collection, Thought Horses, whic

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