My granddaughter will soon be celebrating her twelfth birthday. She’ll receive as a gift a copy of Alice in Wonderland printed in 1866 that has been passed down through her family for generations. Can a 12-year-old appreciate what an amazing gift this is? This one will.
Claire comes from a long line of book lovers and has been an avid reader herself since… well, since before she could read for herself the many books her parents and grandparents surrounded her with. This year she made me aware of a phenomenon that, as a writer of books for young people, I should have known about before: the Kids’ Lit Quiz.
The Kids’ Lit Quiz was started in New Zealand in 1991. It has since grown to span 9 countries on 3 continents. This year my granddaughter was on her school’s team. They made it to the Canadian finals, held in Toronto one snowy night in February. Had they won, they would have gone on to compete in the world finals in England this summer. You can bet Claire will be reading up a storm in preparation for next year’s competition! She would be anyway, even without the Kids Lit Quiz;. she’s never without a book in her hand whenever she comes to visit, and she’s often got her nose in a book when we go to her home, too. But what a great program this is, encouraging kids who love reading to read even more, and what kid, listening to the 100 questions about books at an event, wouldn’t hear something that made them think, ‘Hey, I think I’d like to read that book!’
Said one participant to Wayne Mills, the brainchild behind the program,
“The Kids’ Lit Quiz gives a chance for all the bookworms like me to shine, without having to do sports, which is mainly what my school is all about! Thank you sooooooooo much.”
Shine on, bookworms! Read on!