COOL titles a must read for young Canberrans

Canfan 11 November 2014

Libraries ACT has been eagerly waiting to find out what Australian books the young people of the Canberra region have enjoyed reading the most throughout the year and the wait is finally over.

“We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 COOL Awards (Canberra’s Own Outstanding List),” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.

“The COOL awards promote the enjoyment of reading and provide a means to involve young ACT readers in an annual voting process for their favourite Australian books.”

The winning titles are as follows:

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

“I would like to thank all the children from across Canberra who participated in the awards and took the time to read and vote for their favourite books. With so much great literature to enjoy, they had a hard decision to make.

“I encourage you to check out not only the winners but all 10 books that were shortlisted under each category. There are plenty of great titles for the kids to choose from.”

Ms Little said Libraries ACT has been organising the COOL Awards since 1991.

“These awards are a great opportunity to highlight the most popular books according to the young readers of Canberra. It also gives us an opportunity to celebrate the pleasure of reading and promote some of Australia’s great authors.”

To view all books shortlisted for the COOL Awards go to

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(Territory and Municipal Services Media Release)

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