The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students aged 10 – 13 years.
Quizzes are held in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA.
The winning team from each heat competes in a National Final. National champions compete in the World Final.
The quiz was founded by New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills, who reads enough books to write several thousand questions each year. You can test your team on some of Wayne’s questions by visiting our Question Bank.
FORMAT OF THE QUIZ
Teams of four students are asked to answer 100 questions on children’s literature divided into ten categories, which vary each year.
Each team is provided with a set of blank answer sheets and are asked to write the name of their school at the top of each of the ten sheets.
One student acts as the scribe, and after consultation with the rest of the team writes the answer to the questions on the printed sheets provided for each round. At the end of each round, the sheets are gathered up and checked against the “answer sheets” by a team of markers. Each correct answer receives one point. An incorrect answer does not receive any points. A half point could be awarded at the discretion of the moderator.
Examples of categories set previously include poetry, authors, titles, settings, characters, and nursery rhymes.
Between each round, whilst the marking is taking place, the Quizmaster asks questions of the spectators, giving them the chance to win books and coins.