We use KOALA in our school to support and promote local authors, literature, reading and writing. It's an easy way to engage children in the Library. You just set it up and it self promotes.
A kids' choice list is a very powerful way to get reluctant students reading. “The use of student voice of popular choice is far more effective than teacher/parent recommendation”.
KOALA gives students the chance to meet popular authors - at the annual awards day - which is great as students then feel more connected to the people who create the books they love. Because students like competitions they understand the value of nominating and voting for their favourite books/authors. The process helps them to see the importance of reading, writing and literature.
K-6 Teacher Librarian
Cranbrook Junior School
(Photos of our 2012 voting promotion)