Announcement, SFU Vancouver

Honouring youth interested in books

January 12, 2016

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On Thursday, January 14, young readers from across the Lower Mainland will face off at the 6th annual Kids Lit Quiz British Columbia, this year being hosted in BC by SFU’s Vancouver campus.

The winning team will be invited to represent British Columbia at the Kids’ Lit Quiz Canada National Final, hosted by the University of Toronto in February. Laurie Anderson, SFU Vancouver’s Executive Director will present the BC Cup, with SFU professor Beth Marshall and Ph.D. candidate Robert Bittner participating as judges.

Kids’ Lit Quiz (KLQ) is an annual international literary tournament that promotes reading, motivates readers and provides consensus building and leadership opportunities for teams of students aged 10 to 13 years.

Designed to be a fun and personally challenging experience for students whose passion is reading, the KLQ focuses on championing readers and reading.

“An event like the KLQ is important because it honours youth who are interested in books and to reading experiences that aren’t confined to the school curriculum,” says Beth Marshall, SFU Education professor whose research and teaching centres on children’s and young adult literature.

“[The KLQ] allows for fresh connections with the community including public school teachers, parents, youth, and a larger international community committed to drawing attention to all of the diverse and innovative forms of children’s and young adult literature available.” 

Now in its 25th year, the international program has focused on growing an engaged community of student readers. One of their former champions is Grammy award winner Ella Yelich O’Connor, aka Lorde.

Scribbling Rivalry, a team of celebrated Canadian children’s book authors that includes Susin Nielsen, Linda Bailey, Rachel Hartman and Darren Groth will compete against the BC school participants .

For more information on Kids’ Lit Quiz and details on how to get your school involved in the tournament, visit this page.

Happy reading!

Written by Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver