International literacy competition, Kids’ Lit Quiz will find Canada’s top readers in a tournament known as the ‘Sport of Reading’ next week. For two decades, Kids’ Lit Quiz has been inspiring youth to become lifelong readers by channeling knowledge of children’s books into a fun and challenging tournament. Today, the competition continues to thrive despite distractions like video games, cell phones and computers. In fact, participation rates have continued to rise amongst girls and boys in recent years.
In the style of popular learning competitions like the Scripps Spelling Bee, Kids’ Lit Quiz is a highly spirited and intense team event for students around the world.
Are you a KLQ Quiz Whiz?
Who had two nasty aunts called Spiker and Sponge? *
Who owned a faithful dog named Snowy? **
A clip from the 2013 Canadian National Final can be seen here: KLQ Canada 2013 Heats and Final
3 Regional Heats and National Final
Monday, February 3 at 1pm
Our Lady of Fatima CS
3176 St. Clair Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1L 1V6
Tuesday, February 4 at 9am and 1pm
Queen Victoria Public School
100 Close Ave.
Toronto, ON M6K 1V6
Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm
Havergal College, Brenda Robson Hall
1451 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5N 2H9
Kids’ Lit QuizTM is an annual literature competition for children aged 10 to 13 (grades 5 to 8). Over 1000 schools compete worldwide from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States, to New Zealand and Australia. The competition celebrates children’s literacy and the love of reading. During the competition, known as “The Sport of Reading”, student teams are quizzed on a wide range of topics, in categories ranging from poetry to authors to settings or characters. They learn the quiz categories only minutes before the quiz. Anything published in English from nursery rhymes to comic books to the Hunger Games is fair game.
This is the fourth year that Canada will field a team at the World Final of the International Kids’ Lit Quiz TM.
Teams of students from Public, Catholic and Independent schools from across Ontario are competing in the tournament. For the first time in Canada teams from BC will also compete. Southridge School from British Columbia will field two teams at the Canadian tournament being held in Toronto February 3, 4 and 5, 2014.
Eight teams will advance to the National Final where the winner will be asked to represent Canada in Cornwall England at the Kids’ Lit Quiz TM World Final.
Kids’ Lit Quiz Canada is a not for profit organization and is run by volunteers.
* James (from James and the Giant Peach)