COOL Awards

Canberra’s Own Outstanding List: The Children’s Choice Book Awards in the ACT

How do the COOL Awards work?

The COOL Awards are the annual children’s choice book awards made by young readers in the ACT. Children choose from amongst the Australian books they have enjoyed reading during the year.  

They are a chance to let everyone know what books young people like to read, and to celebrate and promote the enjoyment of reading Australian books. We encourage you to discuss and debate your ideas on what makes a good book, and to use your local public library.

Being involved in the COOL Awards is easy. You can nominate and vote for your favourite books on this website, and you can do this at the same time as you are participating in other reading programs such as the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge and the MS Read-a-thon.  

Libraries ACT have been convening the COOL Awards since 1991 and we are always eager to see what books you enjoy the most each year.


Annual Timeline 

  • Read books that made it to the COOL Awards short list in Terms 3 
  • Vote for you favourite book in Term 4 
  • The winners will be announced in November 


Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 COOL Awards:

  • Favourite picture book – A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham
  • Favourite book for Younger Readers – Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death by Felice Arena
  • Favourite book for Older Readers – The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  • Favourite book for Years 7-9 – 13: The Last Thirteen by James Phelan.

 A bus called heaven Andy roid and the tracks of death 39 Storey treehouse13: The last thirteen