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The KOALA Awards - the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards - were established in 1986. The first award was given in 1987 to Mem Fox and Julie Vivas for Possum Magic and Robyn Klein for Hating Alison Ashley. The award was created by and continues to be run by volunteers, including teacher librarians, public librarians, teachers, publishers and other supporters of children’s literature.

The KOALA Awards are a children's choice award annually drawn from the REAL Awards shortlist. KOALA is based in New South Wales.


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

    'Children are invited to nominate their favourite Australian book; a shortlist ... 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.

    'KOALA is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers (teacher/librarians, public librarians, teachers, publishers and other supporters of children's literature).'

    Source: KOALA website,
    Sighted: 15/11/2010

Latest Winners / Recipients (also see subcategories)v1316

Works About this Award

What Books to Buy for Your Kids? Dianne Bates , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , December - January no. 143 2004-2005; (p. 13)
Children's Author Signs on Bum Line to Success 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 November 2002; (p. 63)
Real Readers Plump for Mr Psycho Bum Michael Bradley , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 October 2002; (p. 3)
Introducing the KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Award) Council 1987 single work column
— Appears in: InCite , 21 August vol. 8 no. 14 1987; (p. 21)