It's Time to Nominate

In Term 1, students nominate their favourite Australian books.  

Students may nominate up to 4 books.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE Friday, 13th April 2018.

Selection Criteria 

1. The book must be AUSTRALIAN 

2. The book must have been published in the last ten years

3. The book must not be a previous winner.  A complete list of previous winners can be found below.

4. Nominations must be for a specific title e.g. Selby Surfs not Selby books.    


Tally your school or library's nominations using this form, and email to the KOALA Council. We'll count the nominations to create the KOALA Shortlist of 40 titles.

Here are some tips on how to encourage student nominations.

This is their chance to say what THEY like to read. 

  • Display the Nomination Poster from the KOALA Kit for each classroom.
  • Create a display board outlining the Nominating Process. 
  • Set up a display of eligible Australian books and pop a nomination form in each one. 
  • Use Library circulation records to display the most popular Australian titles in your school
  • Use the latest CBC's Notables list for recent titles to display 
  • Look at previous KOALA winners and compare with CBCA winners.
  • Discuss favourite Australian books with classes or groups of students. 
  • Show students ways of identifying Australian books and authors. 
  • Older students can read aloud extracts of favourite Australian books to the class, write reviews, ‘booktalk’ their favourites titles. 
  • Give teachers a bulk loan of Australian picture books to read to the class. Be sure to include some of last year’s new titles not just the old favourites.
  • Students could receive a KOALA bookmark or sticker for nominating their favourite title.
  • It’s first past the post so every nomination counts


Nomination resources to print: