Kids’ Lit Quiz 2017 World Finals

During the Kids’ Lit Quiz 2017 World Finals, kids gathered to demonstrate their love and knowledge of books. Canada was host to the World Finals on July 3, 2017.

The Kids’ Lit Quiz has been inspiring and challenging young readers for over 25 years. They encourage kids to focus on teamwork, motivate readers and celebrate literature.

Kevin Sylvester hosted the literary event and explained: “Reading makes you better, smarter and more empathetic.”

Kids ages 10 to 13 in Grades 5 to 8 work together in teams of four to answer questions based on books. Along the way they discover characters, settings, authors and a common love for a good story.

“In an age where the world seems so divided, stories remind us of those experiences that are common to us all: love, pain, courage, curiosity, fear… Children who read for pleasure are better equipped to understand the world, and empathize with others.”

– Tara Steele, 2017 World Final Coordinator

Speed and brains, that’s the combination you’re looking for. Each team starts with 10 points; a correct answer is worth two points, but an incorrect answer deducts one point. There were seven questions per round, with a total of 10 rounds. After months of preparation to get to this finale, the students were ready, hands on buzzer, eagerly anticipating the questions. With a few words or sentences as a prompt, the kids quickly hit the buzzer, and answered the literary questions. The different categories included: arch enemies, authors, comic characters, Grimm stories, groups, historical fiction, novel openings, poetry, titles, and residences. After each round, the audience was able to participate in a couple of questions to win prizes.

Take the Telling Tales Quiz

Look for a special Kids’ Lit Quiz: Telling Tales edition at the festival. (Hint: you’ll want to read books from the Telling Tales Reading List to prepare, and for your chance to win prizes!)

Start up a Kids’ Lit Quiz Club at your school!

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Parents, teachers and schools – promote literacy in your school by putting together a team!

Read books, talk about stories and characters, and work together as a team.

Teams meet on a regular basis to discuss books, then compete in heats in their community.

This friendly competition is for kids aged 10-13 (in Grades 5-8).

Student teams compete in local, regional, and national heats.

Plan to attend the Hamilton Heat on January 24, 2018 where a special Telling Tales author team will “challenge” the kids!

As an added bonus, all participating teams will be put into a draw to win a school author visit.


KLQ Fun Facts

  • Quiz Master Wayne Mills started the Quiz in 1991 as a way to reward his students for reading.
  • Kids’ Lit Quiz Canada is a registered charity and is 100% volunteer-run.
  • Students train by reading a wide variety of authors/genres and working together as a team.
  • This past year, 1,600 teams from 950 schools competed in tournaments in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA.
  • Roughly 40% of competitors each year are boys; however, 80% of this year’s World Final competitors are boys!
  • In February 2017, 146 teams in six regional heats across Canada competed for the chance to represent Canada at the World Final.
  • Lee Academy from Hamilton was crowned Canada’s 2017 National Champions!
  • The World Final event was held in Canada for the first time in 2017.
  • At the World Final Quiz Event on July 3, 2017, the eight national teams faced 70 questions from ten categories unknown to the contestants.
  • The KLQ world finals will be in Auckland, New Zealand in 2018.