On January 23rd, four members of CWILL participated in the Kids’ Lit Quiz, an annual reading competition for children aged ten to thirteen. It’s an international competition, with students from New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Canada, the US, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia participating. The winning teams qualify for national and world finals!
The CWILL author’s team was dubbed The Quizzards of Oz and consisted of Lee Edward Fodi, Stacey Matson, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and Kallie George.
This specific heat was for Western Canada, so the winning team went on to Toronto to compete for the national title. This heat was held at Little Flower Academy, with teams from different Vancouver schools participating. The author team wasn’t allowed to win, but competed just for fun and to help provide entertainment and support for the students who were playing for keeps.
There were ten rounds of ten, with categories such as “Giants,” “Harry Potter,” “Book Knowledge,” “Classics”, and “Comics.”
The Western Canada tournament, like all the tournaments in the world, was managed by quiz master Wayne Mills, who had travelled all the way from New Zealand to Vancouver the day before. Despite inevitable jetlag, he delivered the questions with charm and humor. Here he is with Stacey Matson.
The winner of the Western Canada heat, from Southbridge Elementary, won a very cool trophy. But there was plenty of swag to go round—every team came away with a stack of books.
It was such fun to see the kids competing. They took it SO seriously, and it was a joy to see them embrace literature.
The Kids’ Lit Quiz is not for profit and run entirely by volunteers. You can find out more at www.kidslitquiz.com.