Modelled on the Kids’ Lit Quiz in which children around the world compete for first place as experts in children’s books, Book Links hosted its own quiz, the Big Lit Quiz (for Grown-Ups) it was an opportunity for organisations that contribute to children’s literature in and around Brisbane to celebrate the end of a fabulous literary year.
Members from the Children’s Book Council Australia (Queensland), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Queensland), The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Write Links and Book Links came together to compete and were kept in control by author and quiz master extra-extraordinaire Brian Falkner.
Money raised went to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.
After a delicious lunch buffet, the teams divided into groups of four and completed six rounds of questions. The winners of each round got to choose a book donated by wonderful Book Links members such as Dimity Powell and competed for various sweet during extra trivia questions rounds.
It was an afternoon to indulge, connect with old friends, make new ones and determine the real experts of all things kid lit!
A big thank you goes to Book Links’ Jenny Stubbs, who organised this events, the questions, AND lunch and dessert.
Our friends over at the Children’s Book Council of Australia – QLD Branch have produced a film to tell us all about the Readers Cup. Read on below, and get involved!
New film produced to promote reading quiz
The Qld Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia recently produced a film to promote their state wide competition, The Readers Cup. The film tracks two teams as they prepare to compete in the Ipswich Region Competition. Readers Cup attracts nearly 600 teams each year from across Queensland with regions stretching north to Cairns and west to Augathella. Designed to encourage young readers in Years 5-8, the competition has teams of four reading a set of books, then competing against other teams to answer the quiz questions.
Students are challenged to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading. They can compete at regional and state level similar to sporting competitions and meet other students with an equal passion for books.
With 589 teams competing across eighteen regions in June this year, and regional teams taking part in the state finals in September, it equates to around 3000 students reading 15 000 books in 2016. Students attending the finals also have the opportunity to attend Wordplay at The Brisbane Writers Festival, one of the sponsors of the competition.
The website http://readerscup.org.au/ provides information for teams and coordinators, lists regional books, competition dates and sample questions.
Two minute trailer: http://bit.ly/2a8Ump5
Full video (about 20 mins): http://bit.ly/2a3g3bq
The film was funded by CBCA Qld Branch and the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network. CBCA Qld received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.