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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, nominating, 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!

The shortlist has been announced!

It's time to read and vote for the books you think are awesome! Voting closes Monday, 20 September 2021.

You can fill out a voting slip and return it to the library, or vote below!

KOALA Awards Timeline 2021

  • Term 1: Students Nominate
  • Term 2: Shortlist Announced
  • Term 3: Students Read and Vote on Shortlist titles (Voting closes Monday, 20 September 2021)
  • Term 4: Awards Day Live Announcement (Thursday, 4 November 2021 at 10am)

Title Author & Illustrator Catalogue Link
A Stack of Alpacas Matt Cosgrove Here
Bin Chicken Kate and Jol Temple & Ronojoy Ghosh Here
Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas Lucinda Gifford Here
Do Not Open This Book Ever Andy Lee & Heath McKenzie Here
Found Bruce Pascoe & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis Here
I Need a Hug Aaron Blabey Here
Pig the Blob Aaron Blabey Here
The Red Book Matt & Beck Stanton Here
The Very Hungry Bear Nick Bland Here
Tilly Jane Godwin & Anna Walker Here


Title Author & Illustrator Catalogue Link
Alice Miranda in the Outback Jacqueline Harvey Here
Billie B mystery: Code Breakers Sally Rippin & Aki Fukuoka Here
Derek Dool: Bust a Move Adrian Beck & Scott Edgar Here
Ella Diaries: Going Green Meredith Costain & Danielle McDonald Here
Real Pigeons: Fight Crime Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Here
The Bad Guys: Episode 12: The One?! Aaron Blabey Here
Tiny Timmy: Training Camp Tim Cahill & Heath McKenzie Here
Toffle Towers: Fully Booked Tim Harris & James Foley Here
WeirDo 14: Vote Weirdo Anh Do & Jules Faber Here
Wolf Girl 1: Into the Wild Anh Do & Jeremy Ley Here


Title Author & Illustrator Catalogue Link
Ella at Eden - The New Girl Laura Sieveking Here
Final Storm Deborah Abela Here
Funny kid belly flop Matt Stanton Here
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend Here
Kensy and Max: Out of sight Jacqueline Harvey Here
Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables: Go Wild Tim Harris & James Hart Here
Nice Girls Don't Play Footy (My Australian Stor Kathy Helidoniotis Here
The 130 Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton Here
The Glimme Emily Rodda & Marc McBride Here
The Power of Positive Pranking Nat Amoore Here


Title Author & Illustrator Catalogue Link
Draekora Lynette Noni Here
Four Dead Queens Astrid Scholte Here
Liars: Lockdown Jack Heath Here
One Would Think the Deep Claire Zorn Here
Sick Bay Nova Weetman Here
Sister Heart Sally Morgan Here
The Art of Taxidermy Sharon Kernot Here
The Edge of Thirteen Nova Weetman Here
The Other Side of the Sky Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Here
Untidy Towns Kate O'Donnell Here

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The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards are Australia's premiere children's book awards. Parents, carers, teachers, and librarians, create displays and reading lists based on the shortlisted titles. The awards are announced annually on the Friday before Children's Book Week. The Book of the Year Awards  aim to promote quality literature for young Australians, support and encourage a wide range of Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books, and celebrate contributions to Australian children’s literature.

The book of the Year Award winners were announced on Friday 20 August, and you can following the links below to reserve your copy!

Book of the Year: Older Readers

The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell
Reserve your copy

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon
Reserve your copy

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

No! Never! by Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman (illus. by Mel Pearce)
Reserve your copy

Picture Book of the Year

How to Make a Bird by Matt Ottley (text by Meg McKinlay)
Reserve your copy

Eve Pownall Award

Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu by Pamela Freeman (illus. by Liz Anelli)
Reserve your copy

CBCA Award for New Illustrator

This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder
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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.

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