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Want to know what fabulous events are happening in your area? KBR lists regular festivals and events that occur throughout the year, but also special events and one-offs like book launches and author/illustrator appearances and celebrations. We also have a listing of literary awards for those who love to write (see the end of this post).

Click the special events link for these one-off treats, and then scroll down for regular literary events and festivals.

Please email us if you would like to request an event listing (limited places).

festivals and events

KBR holds deep and affectionate feelings for the following bookish events:

Please email us if you would like your event listed.

major writing awards

Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards 

children's choice awards

BILBY Awards
The Bilby (Books I Love Best Yearly) Awards are Queensland’s children’s choice awards.

COOL Awards
The COOL (Canberra’s Own Outstanding List) awards are the ACT children’s choice book awards.

KOALA Awards
The KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards) are annual awards made by young readers in New South Wales.

KROC Awards
The KROC (Kids Reading Oz Choice) awards are the Northern Territory children’s choice awards.

The WAYRBA (West Australian Young Readers' Book Award) are the children’s choice awards for Western Australia.

YABBA Awards
The YABBA (Young Australians' Best Book Award) is the Victorian children’s choice award.