For information about the Kids' Lit Quiz in the UK please contact Julie Huggins, secretary, World Kids' Lit Quiz Advisory Committee: julie.huggins[at]southwell.school.nz
Regrettably, due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, the New Zealand Organising Committee have cancelled the World Final 2020 which was due to take place on the 13th July 2020.
Our National KLQ UK winning team from Keswick School have been informed and understandably are very disappointed.
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.
Photos from UK heats and finals can be found on our Photo Galleries page.