Richmond Tweed Regional Library


Library services and collections for Children & Youth

Children's Book Awards

Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards.

You can join in too, by reading and voting for your favourite books! You will help give recognition to the authors and books that have most inspired, amused, terrified, enlightened, and engaged you!

KOALA Awards Timeline

  • Term 1 2020
    28 January to 9 April
    Time to nominate!
  • Term 2 2020
    27 April 2020
    KOALA Shortlist announced!
  • Term 3 2020
    20 July 2020 to 25 September 2020
    Read and vote!
  • Term 4
    12 October 2020
    KOALA Awards Day is 10 November 2020! Stay tuned for the online event!

How you can participate
All students across our region can visit either Lismore, Goonellabah, Ballina, Alstonville, or Lennox Head libraries to vote! Fill out your nomination, and put it in the box provided at the K.O.A.L.A. Awards display, or speak with staff for help.

How's this for a stellar shortlist!? Is your favourite here?



Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards
Celebrating Australian children's literature.

Find out what's hot in Australian publishing for young people each year!

Every year millions of kids in Australia hang out for The CBCA Book of the Year Awards. So do their parents, teachers and librarians - not to mention authors, illustrators and publishers!

There are categories for every type of reader and for every age group. The judges take enormous care to select works that are relevant, well written, engaging, and often challenging.

The Readings Children's Book Prize

The Readings Children’s Book Prize, established in 2014, recognises and celebrates books that families love reading together, or that children read under the covers with a torch late into the night because they can’t bear to put it down – books they tell their friends about. The Readings Children’s Book Prize aims to raise the profile of debut and on-the-rise Australian authors that we believe could make an important contribution to the rich variety of Australian publishing.

Learn to Read

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Premier's Reading Challenge

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eBooks & eAudiobooks

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