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KOALA Hall of Fame 

The KOALA Hall of Fame was introduced in 2001 to recognise books that had never won KOALA but had demonstrated enduring popularity with young readers in New South Wales by being shortlisted 5 times in 10 years.

The most popular title in the Hall of Fame is Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan and Pamela Lofts. Between 1997 and 2001 it was shortlisted 13 times. Other popular titles are Koala Lou by Mem Fox and Pamela Lofts and The Cabbage Patch Fib by Paul Jennings, both of which were shortlisted 10 times.

In recent times once a title has been shortlisted 5 times it is added to the Hall of Fame and no longer eligible to be shortlisted. This helps to keep the shortlist fresh. 

In 2015, Con-Nerd and Thai-riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh were honoured with Hall of Fame status.

Oliver’s books have been constant shortlisters over the past five years. Con‚Äźnerd was shortlisted in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Thai-riffic was shortlisted in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and received an Honour award in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, both Thai-riffic! and Con-­nerd featured on the shortlist. Quite an achievement! Both of these titles will still be eligible for nomination until they are separately shortlisted for 5 years.

Teachers, librarians and parents be assured that titles in the Hall of Fame will be popular with even the most reluctant of readers. Click here for the latest Hall of Fame titles.

Some Hall of Fame titles are listed below:

Title

Author & Illustrator

Publisher

Years Shortlisted

Mr Mcgee and the Biting Flea
Allen, Pamela
Penguin
5

Belinda

Allen, Pamela

Penguin

5

Selby's secret

Ball, Duncan

HarperCollins

8

Big Bad Bruce

Bates Di & Middleton, Phoebe

HarperCollins

5

Koala Lou

Fox, Mem & Lofts, Pamela

Penguin

10

Hitler's Daughter French, Jackie HarperCollins  

Eleanor Elizabeth

Gleeson, Libby

Penguin

5

Misery Guts

Gleitzman, Morris

Pan Mac

8

Two weeks with the queen

Gleitzman, Morris

Pan Mac

6

Worry Warts

Gleitzman, Morris

Pan Mac

5

Blabber Mouth

Gleitzman, Morris

Penguin

5

Thunderwith

Hathorn, Libby

Hodder

7

The Cabbage Patch fib

Jennings, Paul

Penguin

10

The Paw Thing

Jennings, Paul

Penguin

7

Round the Twist

Jennings, Paul

Penguin

6

Uncanny

Jennings, Paul

Penguin

6

The Gizmo

Jennings, Paul

Penguin

5

Spooner or later

Jennings, Paul, Greenwood, Ted,

Denton, Terry

Penguin

5

Games

Klein, Robin

Penguin

8

Came Back to show you I could fly

Klein, Robin

Penguin

5

Boss of the Pool

Klein, Robin

Omnibus

5

Edward the Emu

Knowles, Sheena & Clement, Rod

HarperCollins

6

Twenty- seventh annual African hippopotamus race

Lurie, Morris

Penguin

7

Playing Beattie Bow

Park, Ruth

Penguin

7

My Sister Sif

Park, Ruth

Penguin

5

Pigs might fly

Rodda, Emily

HarperCollins

5

Space Demons

Rubinstein, Gillian

Scholastic

6

Jodie’s journey

Thiele, Colin

Lothian

7

Being Bad for the Baby Sitter

Tulloch, Richard

Omnibus

5

Wombat Stew

Vaughan, Marcia & Lofts, Pamela

Scholastic

13

The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill

Wall, Dorothy

HarperCollins

6