The Library Service’s latest unconvincing effort to shake their reputation as a bastion for nerds (speaking as a proud nerd who spent much of his youth hiding in various Libraries) is the COOL Awards.
“The COOL Awards are the Children’s Choice Book Awards voted for by the young people of the Canberra region. ‘COOL’ stands for Canberra’s Own Outstanding List, and children who live in Canberra will soon be invited to vote for their favourite book in the four different categories,” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.
“The books that students nominate at the beginning of the year as their favourites have been collated with other schools and libraries across Australia to come up with a short list of favourites.”
Books are divided into four different categories – Picture Books, Fiction for Younger Readers, Fiction for Older Readers and Fiction for Grades 7 to 9 and are all written by Australian authors.
Limiting it to Australian authors seems particularly cruel, but does at least spare the embarrassment oh continual JK Rowling clean sweeps.
If I had been limited to Australian authors as a child I would have read far less books (some Australian authors are excellent, but let’s not kid ourselves what the rest of the world has to offer).
The shortlist will, at least, give parents some ideas.