KOALA and BILBY Short-list Announcements

Congratulations to all of Authors and Illustrators, short listed for a KOALA or BILBY award in 2012!

KOALA – KIDS OWN AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE AWARDS INC.

KOALA are annual awards chosen by young readers in NSW for the Australian books they have most enjoyed reading during that year.

Children are invited to nominate their favourite Australian book; a shortlist of 30 titles (10 picture books, 10 titles for younger readers and 10 titles for older readers) is drawn up from the nominations. Children then vote for their favourite shortlisted title. Winners are announced at a special Awards Day in the four categories: Picture Book, Younger Readers, Older Readers and the Years 7-9 category.

Children’s Choice Book Awards Shortlist 2012

Section 1 Picture Storybooks
ENIGMA:  A MAGICAL MYSTERY BASE, GRAEME
THE JEWEL FISH OF KARNAK BASE, GRAEME
THE TERRIBLE PLOP DUBOSARSKY, URSULA/JOYNER, ANDREW

Section 2 Younger Readers
EXTREME ADVENTURES:  KILLER WHALE D’ATH, JUSTIN
MISSION FOX:  SNAKE ESCAPE D’ATH, JUSTIN
OUR AUSTRALIAN GIRL: MEET GRACE LAGUNA, SOPHIE MASCIULLO, LUCIA
OUR AUSTRALIAN GIRL: MEET POPPY WANG, GABRIELLE MASCIULLO, LUCIA

Section 3 Fiction for Older Readers
SPECKY MAGEE AND THE BEST OF OZ ARENA, FELICE & LYON, GARRY
PIZZA CAKE GLEITZMAN, MORRIS
THAI‐RIFFIC! PHOMMAVANH, OLIVER

Fiction for YEARS 7-9
THE MIDNIGHT ZOO HARTNETT, SONYA
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK MARCHETTA, MELINA

BILBY – Books I Love Best Yearly Awards

The Bilby Awards are Queensland’s children’s choice awards. They are run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (Queensland Branch) They aim to foster participation in reading while increasing enjoyment of literature. These short-lists have been developed from student nominations which were gathered from March to May 2012. They cover the three levels of reading maturity. Students are now asked to read a recommended number of three titles from the list, and to vote for their favourite. Reading is not mandatory. Students may have titles read aloud to them.

Books for Younger Readers
Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Books for Older Readers
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Then by Morris Gleitzman

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