Encouraging the 'sport of reading,' the Kids' Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students aged 10 - 13 years.
Quizzes are now held in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. The winning team from each heat competes in a National Final. National champions compete in the World Final.
The original quiz event was founded by New Zealand quiz-master Wayne Mills, who reads enough books to write several thousand questions each year.
Kiwi kids love the Lit Quiz. This year's Wellington competition will take place on May 7 at Samuel Marsden School in Karori. Teacher Karen Richards is looking for some local volunteers to help at the quiz this year. Read on for more details.
Hi Karen, what’s your involvement in Lit Quiz?
I am the Wellington Regional Coordinator. My school has hosted the competition the last 2 years and again this year. I am also coaching and mentoring a team of my own.
What do students get out of being involved in a Lit Quiz event?
The competition is known as the sport of reading. There is a need for the students to read widely, and increase their knowledge around literature.
What makes a really good Lit Quiz question?
I asked my team this and they said - ''a question that makes you think, eh! Something that makes you rack your brain, because you know that you should know the answer!''
Can you give us a few examples of questions asked in previous Lit Quizzes?
What was Hermione Granger's middle name?
What name was given to the small cylindrical creatures with either one or two eyes?
In Bill Martin's picture book Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?, what coloured bird was the first animal seen by Brown Bear?
You need some Wellington-based volunteers for the event in May. What can volunteers expect to do on the day?
The competition is being held here at school on the 7th of May. It runs from 10am, but volunteers will need to be here from 9.45am until around 1.30pm. The volunteers will be part of the marking panel. There are 10 categories of 10 written answers which need to be marked for each of the 50 schools competing. These are then given to the scorers to calculate.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided. The lunch is at the end of the competition.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen directly by emailing her: karen (dot) richards at marsden (dot) school (dot) nz