Book worms take a squiz at literature quiz

MOST of us think we know the Dr Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat.

Can anyone recite children’s book staple Alice in Wonderland?

How well do we really know either?

Primary schoolchildren from across the region were tested on their children’s literature knowledge on Wednesday at Kinross Wolaroi School, with the Kids Lit Quiz sending a number of curly questions in the teams’ direction.

National coordinator for Kids Lit Quiz Australia Nicole Deans said the competition was an ideal way to reward students who actively engage in reading.

“These are kids that have a broad knowledge of books and reading,” Mrs Deans said.

Schools send teams of four to the competition.

In total, 19 teams competed yesterday.

Mrs Dean said the event was designed to encourage children to read widely, read for pleasure, and have fun doing it. 

“It’s about having fun, working as a team and just really embracing reading,” Mrs Deans said.

Children were quizzed on 10 categories, with some of them including questions on Dr Seuss books, insects, and Alice in Wonderland.

There was also a visual section asking students to name both historic and mythical creatures featuring in children’s books.

“Some of them are straight forward and some of them are quite tricky,” Mrs Deans said of the questions.

“It’s from everything... picture books, all the different genres, comics, sometimes they’ll be books to movies ... anything to do with children’s literature.”

Teams from Orange, Bathurst and Blayney - as well as two teams from Newcastle - competed in Wednesday’s heat, the second of four contested along the east coast of Australia.

The first was in Queensland on Tuesday, with a further two heats to be held in Canberra and Sydney in March.

A national final, including the first and second place winners from each heat, will be held and the winner of the national final will be invited to the world final in the United Kingdom.

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