Read Up is about reading towards empowerment. It is a resource for young people aged 15-24 to help guide their thinking about things that matter: sexuality, relationships, gender, minds and bodies, and diverse cultures.
There are five lists — Diverse Cultures, LGBTQI+, Respectful Relationships, Minds & Bodies, and Feminism — each containing a wide range of titles, as well as related thinking points, that encourage young people to reflect on issues of representation and equality.
The lists prioritise works by Australian women, particularly those writing from marginalised groups or intersections, and the focus is on titles that speak to the realities of young people from minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each list includes a variety of styles and genres, and caters to a range of reading abilities. From fiction to memoir, verse to comics, these are accessible texts that will engage, enlighten and empower young people.
Tipping the scales to highlight the reality and diversity of Australian society.
Looking at the place of feminism in the modern world as it relates to identity, sexuality, careers, relationships and more.
Offering a range of stories that explore diverse genders and sexualities.
Celebrate diverse bodies and brains with texts that explore what it means to live with disability or mental illness.
Enabling readers to safely examine and reimagine their own relationships.