For any inquiries about the UK national competition please contact Jacky Atkinson (email klquktrustee1[at]gmail.com). The Kids' Lit Quiz is a major national celebration of books and reading imported to the UK from New Zealand, which offers irresistible reading challenges, broadens awareness, is hugely motivating for boys - and, best of all, is great fun!
Our KLQ UK People page provides an overview of the main people involved with Kids' Lit Quiz UK.
We have received the following report from the UK World Final Team 2019 from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School:
There is a poster in our school library that reads “Reading takes you places” and this summer we were living proof of that statement. As the UK team in the Kids' Lit Quiz World Final 2019, we thoroughly enjoyed our once in a lifetime trip to Singapore. The National Library Board of Singapore in conjunction with Kids' Lit Quiz organised an unforgettable itinerary and had obviously put a lot of thought and work into arranging a host of activities and experiences that allowed us to see the best of Singapore.
As keen readers, one of the highlights of the trip was meeting 40 other young people who shared our love for reading. A visit to the Tampines regional library with its six floors and over 400,000 books gave us all a severe case of library envy. We also enjoyed exploring the flora and fauna of Singapore by visiting The Gardens by the Bay, the Botanical Gardens and the Singapore Zoo River Safari: it is not every day you get to see pandas up close!
It was fascinating to learn about the ethos behind Singapore society on the wall of contrasts at the Singapore Discovery Centre. We were all amazed by the beautiful buildings in Marina Bay and the Durian fruit shaped theatre inspired us to try this most evil smelling of fruits. It is safe to say that while we were brave enough to taste it, it was an experience we will not repeat. The water and light show that evening provided a fabulous end to day two.
Day three involved starting at the very interactive Singapore Science Centre and was followed by an engaging talk by Andy Chua, local Singapore author of the Fossil Finder’s series. The day ended with a Heritage Trail in which we visited a mosque and temple.
Friday brought the World Final of the Quiz, which proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It was won by a very deserving U.S team. However, we were all made to feel like champions when told that the 44 children on the stage represented the top 0.6 percent of all those who took part in the Kids' Lit Quiz around the world.
The next day the serious business of exploring Singapore continued with a visit to Fort Canning park and the National Museum of Singapore, where we discovered more about the history of this fascinating country. At the former Ford Factory museum, we learnt about the fall of Singapore and the dark days of World War Two.
The Gala Ball proved a fitting end to a wonderful week. The highlight was listening to one member of each team speak about their favourite book and we all left with even more books on our ‘to read’ lists.
The Kids' Lit Quiz team from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who made our trip possible. Special thanks go to Serco, who supplied us with the bags which we crammed full of wonderful souvenirs from Singapore. The librarian’s trophy provided by Softlink is in pride of place in our school library now and we were very appreciative of their contribution towards the celebration tea in London. The £500 travel bursary from MLS/Capita Reading Cloud was likewise much appreciated for its help in getting us to Singapore. We would also like to thank the publishers who supplied all the book prizes and the authors who came along to sign them in London. For children who love books it was a dream day out.
We are very aware that none of this would have been possible without Wayne Mills’ brilliant idea to set up the Kids' Lit Quiz and we are very grateful for the support provided by Tanja Jennings in Northern Ireland and Jacky Atkinson on behalf of KLQ UK. Thanks to all the people mentioned we had the time of our lives with like-minded people who love books. It was an absolute honour to represent the UK in this year’s quiz and wewish good luck to all those who take part in KLQ UK 2020.
Kids' Lit Quiz UK gained charity status on 2nd December 2015. For full details please see our Charity Status page.
The winners of the 2019 National Final are Keswick School.
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Serco is a leading Service Provision company for Government contracts, including training and development.
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Capita Reading Cloud provide market leading library management solutions, combining professional library management tools with a range of user friendly and visually engaging student interfaces. Using a wide range of innovative features and mobile apps we are able to promote reading for pleasure amongst students and essential reporting for educators and parents.
Softlink has worked with schools for more than 30 years. We deliver library, knowledge and content management systems that enhance how library and learning resources are discovered delivered and managed.
The School Library Association (SLA) is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all. The KLQ are indebted to the SLA for their continued support and also for donating Training Vouchers for the Librarians with the winning teams.
By bringing together the greatest stories, brands and authors of any global children's publisher, Penguin Random House Children's are here to help create and rediscover heroes for each new generation.
Full of wonder and intrigue, Discovery Box magazine is a fantastic and fun aid to your child’s learning. With dedicated sections on subjects like science, nature, history and geography, it’s loaded with facts and fun. There are comic strips, games and experiments to try at home, all with one aim in mind: discovery.
The Week Junior is a brilliant current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14. It’s filled with fascinating stories and information, written to engage curious young minds and encourage them to explore and understand the world around them.
The following organisations and companies provided book donations for the 2017 UK heats and finals.
The Trustees and Management of KLQ UK wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to our Patron, Miss Judith Hanratty CVO OBE, Chairman of the Commonwealth Education Trust, for her continued support and generosity, and we are indebted to Mrs Ena Harrop, the Head Teacher of The City of London School for Girls, for the use of their premises; to The School Library Association for their support, to the many authors who give up their time to attend events, to the teachers and librarians who encourage their schools to take part, and to all the many volunteer helpers across the UK.
Special thanks must also go to our amazing photographer KT Bruce for her support over the years.