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Thursday
Sep012016

Celebrating 30 Years!

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Artwork by children at Blackheath P.S. 

Saturday
Dec122015

AWARDS DAY 2015 

                                         

Awards Day 2015 was held on the morning of Thursday 5th of November at Newington College, Stanmore. The winners and honour books, authors and illustrators who attended the awards and the list of schools represented are featured in the presentation above.

Further down the page are video messages from winners who could not attend the awards ceremony: Aaron Blabey, Andy Griffiths, Fiona Wood, Susannah McFarlane, Morris Gleitzman and Ursula Dubosarsky.

Thanks to all the authors and illustrators who attended the day or sent a video message, and to their supportive publishers who went the extra mile. 

 

How did it go? We received the following message from Svetlana Paul, Junior School Teacher Librarian at St. Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney, which is typical of the reactions of the kids and teachers who made the trek and made the day a wonderful celebration for all.  

Thank you everyone at K.O.A.L.A. and Newington for an incredible day. My book club members already had been bitten by the reading bug but their passion has been truly ignited today by their experiences. Unforgettable for everyone involved.         Svetlana :)

Bronte 3/4R “I think KOALA was fun, especially seeing Jules Faber draw his art.  I also liked signing books.”

Alex 6RA “I really enjoyed the KOALA awards because it was fun to meet the authors and illustrators and get a photo with some of them!”

Jason 3F “I think it was awesome at that place, I loved it.”

Elle 3/4R “KOALA was awesome.  We saw lots of famous authors and illustrators.”

Joanna 3F “I loved meeting Jules Faber.”

Adriana 3F “I liked when Jules Faber was drawing on the whiteboard.”

Jo 3/4R “It was really fun.  I got to meet all my favourite authors like Tristan Bancks.”

Congratulations to all our wonderful authors and illustrators who inspire our kids to enjoy reading. See our Facebook and Twitter feeds elsewhere on this page to find out more about the day.

The video playlist below has messages from winners who could not be with us on the day: Aaron Blabey, Andy Griffiths, Fiona Wood, Susannah McFarlane, Morris Gleitzman and Ursula Dubosarsky. Use the menu in the top left corner of the video to go to an individual message.

 

Wednesday
Nov122014

Awards Day 2014 - The Winners!

It was another wonderful day of celebration of the authors and illustrators of Australia, as voted by the kids of NSW. The winners and honour books, authors and illustrators who attended the awards and the list of schools represented are in the presentation below. Further down the page are video messages from winners who could not attend the awards ceremony. Congratulations to all! See our Facebook and Twitter feeds elsewhere on this page to find out more.

Friday
Jul182014

Awards Day 2014 - Save the date!

Awards Day 2014 will be held on the morning of Wednesday 12th of November at Newington College, 200 Stanmore Road Stanmore, 2048. 

Wednesday
Oct302013

Awards Day 2013

 

 

The 2013 Awards Ceremony was held at The Old Boys Lecture Theatre in The Rae Centre at Newington College, Stanmore on Wednesday 30th October.

Fourteen schools attended the awards:

Austinmer Public School; Bringelly Public School; Helensburgh Public School; Holroyd High School; Holy Saviour School Geenacre; Holy Spirit College Bellambi; Middleton Grange Public School; Mount Annan Christian College; Newington Wyvern House; Newtown Public School; Old Guilford Public School; PLC Sydney Junior; Stanmore public School; The King’s School.

Bruce Whatley was our Illustrator in Residence, painting a beautiful illustration as we watched, which was taken home by one lucky school.

Bruce Whatley's artwork created during 2013 Awards Ceremony

Other authors and illustrators present were:

Felice Arena, Duncan Ball, Morris Gleitzman, Chris Morphew, Belinda Murrell, Oliver Phommavanh, and Emily Rodda.

Felice Arena was chosen as the KOALA Legend for 2013. He is a dedicated and prolific writer for young readers. His books are accessible, exciting and fun for kids. He writes series that just keep kids reading. His frequent visits to schools inspire even reluctant readers to give reading a go. And kids nominate his books as among their favourites. Felice Arena is a children's choice and a legend! Read the full citation and look back at earlier years on the Legends Page.

Category Winners and Honour Books:

Picture Books

WINNER: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland (Scholastic)

HONOUR BOOKS: Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair by Lee Fox and Cathy Wilcox (Lothian) AND The Little Refugee by Anh & Suzanne Do and Bruce Whatley (Allen & Unwin)

Fiction for Younger readers

WINNER: The Golden Door by Emily Rodda (Scholastic Omnibus)

HONOUR BOOKS: Alice-Miranda Shows the Way by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House) AND Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman (Penguin)

Fiction for Older readers

WINNER: 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy griffiths & Terry Denton (Macmillan)

HONOUR BOOKS: The Forgotten Pearl by Belinda Murrell (Random House) AND Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh (Penguin)

Fiction for years 7 to 9

WINNER: The Phoenix Files: Contact by Chris Morphew (Hardie Grant)

HONOUR BOOKS: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Pan Macmillan) AND After by Morris Gleitzman (Penguin)

Not all of our award winning author and illustrators were able to be present on the day, but we did have video greetings from Nick Bland in the Northern Territory, Andy Griffiths who it seems was stuck in an anti-gravity machine, and Terry Denton from his garden studio in Melbourne.