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The COOL Awards is an annual children's choice award voted on by students in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Children are encouraged to read and vote for their favourite books. The votes are tallied and the awards made.
The COOL Award name is an acronym, standing for Canberra’s Own Outstanding List.
The ACT Public Library currently convenes the awards and they are administered by a committee representing ACT Government, Catholic and Independent Schools, the ACT Public Library and the Children's Book Council of Australia, ACT Branch. The award was first made in 1991.
Award categories and descriptions
There are four categories of the COOL awards:
- for most popular Picture Book
- for most popular Fiction for Younger Readers
- for most popular Fiction for Older Readers
- for most popular Fiction for Years 7-9 (commenced in 2007)
List of COOL Award winners
Picture Book Award
|1994||Mem Fox||Possum Magic||Winner|
|1996||Jessica Carroll||Billy the Punk||Winner|
|1997||Jessica Carroll||Billy the Punk||Winner|
|1998||Margaret Wild||The Midnight Gang||Winner|
|1999||Rod Clement||Grandad’s Teeth||Winner|
|2003||Jackie French||Diary of a Wombat||Winner|
|2004||Pamela Allen||Mr McGee and the Biting Flea||Winner|
|2005||Stephen Michael King||Mutt Dog!||Winner|
|2006||Matt Dray||Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear||Winner|
|2007||Deborah Niland||Annie's Chair||Winner|
|2008||Mem Fox, illus by Judy Horacek||Where is the Green Sheep?||Winner|
|2009||Graeme Base||Jungle Drums||Winner|
|2011||Leigh Hobbs||Mr Chicken Goes to Paris||Winner|
|2012||Ursula Dubosarsky, illus by Andrew Joyner||The Terrible Plop||Winner|
|2013||Jeannie Baker||Mirror||Joint Winners|
|Nick Bland||The Very Cranky Bear|
|2014||Bob Graham||A Bus Called Heaven||Winner|
Fiction for Younger Readers Award
|1991||Paul Jennings||Round the Twist||Winner|
|1992||Paul Jennings||The Cabbage Patch Fib||Winner|
|1994||Graeme Base||The Eleventh Hour||Winner|
|1995||Paul Jennings||The Gizmo||Winner|
|1996||Morris Gleitzman||Belly Flop||Winner|
|1997||Morris Gleitzman||Belly Flop||Winner|
|2000||Emily Rodda||Bob the Builder and the Elves||Winner|
|2003||Emily Rodda||Deltora Quest 2 series||Winner|
|2004||Emily Rodda||Deltora Quest 3 series||Winner|
|2006||Anna Fienberg||Tashi and the Forbidden Room||Winner|
|2007||Andy Griffiths||The Cat on the Mat is Flat||Winner|
|2008||Andy Griffiths||Just Shocking!||Winner|
|2009||Kathy Castle||Go Girl! Two Sides: #1 Track Stars!||Winner|
|2010||Andy Griffiths||The Big Fat Cow Goes Kapow||Winner|
|2011||Andy Griffiths||The Very Bad Book||Winner|
|2012||Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble||Tashi and the Golem||Winner|
|2013||Morris Gleitzman||Pizza Cake||Winner|
|2014||Felice Arena||Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death||Winner|
Fiction for Older Readers Award
Fiction for Years 7-9 Award
|2007||Sonya Hartnett||The Silver Donkey||Winner|
|2008||Carole Wilkinson||Dragon Moon||Winner|
|2009||Emily Rodda||The Wizard of Rondo||Winner|
|2010||Morris Gleitzman||Boy Overboard||Winner|
|2012||Chris Morphew||The Phoenix Files: Arrival||Winner|
|2014||James Phelan||13: The Last Thirteen||Winner|
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- COOL Awards Shortlist 2007 (Retrieved 10 August 2007)
- Cool Awards - Children's Choice Book Awards in Canberra (Retrieved 10 August 2007)
- CBCA Awards (Retrieved 10 August 2007)