Kids' Lit Quiz

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Wayne Mills awards the points in a sudden-death playoff during the Wellington Region Kids' Lit Quiz in 2010

The Kids' Lit Quiz is an annual literature competition, in which teams of four students, aged 10 to 13, work together to answer wide-ranging literary questions. The winning team from each region competes in the national final. The winner of the national final is then invited to the World Final held annually in July or August. Since its inception in 1991, thousands of students have participated each year throughout the world.

The quiz was created by Wayne Mills, an educator at the University of Auckland, who wears a purple and black hat while hosting this literary quiz. In 2008 Wayne Mills was given the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award[1] to recognize his achievement in establishing the Kids' Lit Quiz.[2] He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's New Year's Honours in 2011 for meritorious services to education, specifically children's literature.

In 2003 the quiz was brought to the UK where up to 400 schools currently participate in the heats leading to the world final.This pattern is repeated in different countries around the world.

The Kids' Lit Quiz motivates and inspires children to read a wide range of children's literature for pleasure from the classics to the contemporary, from nursery rhymes to comics, and from folk tales to myths. It offers children rewards they may not otherwise experience in the classroom setting.

Currently the quiz takes place in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, United States of America, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Singapore was the first country in Asia to have the quiz.

World Finals[edit]

The 2007 world final was held on 9 July in Oxford, and the winner was Wellington College, Belfast.

The 2008 world final was held on 10 July at the Oxford Playhouse in Oxford. The winner was Arnold House School from London.[3]

The 2009 World Final was held on 3 August in Johannesburg, South Africa. The winner was Bancroft's School from Woodford Green, England.[4] The runner-up team included singer-songwriter Lorde.[5]

The 2010 World Final was held on 14 August in the Performing Arts Centre at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh. The winner was the City of London School for Girls.[6]

The 2011 World Final was held on 19 July at Southwell School in Hamilton, New Zealand. The winner was Manor Gardens Primary School from Durban, South Africa.[7]

The 2012 World final was held on 4 July at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The winner was Awakeri Primary School from the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

The 2013 world final was held in Durban, South Africa. The winner was Roedean School (South Africa) from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2014 world final was held in the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall, England. The winner was City of London School for Girls.

The 2015 world final was held on 8 July at the Central Connecticut State University, USA. The winner was Southwell School from New Zealand. [8]

The 2016 world final will be held in August at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

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