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How does Kids’ Lit Quiz 2019 encourage youths to read widely?

Teams from 11 countries on stage for Kids’ Lit Quiz™ World Final 2019, competing in buzzer rounds to answer literature questions on children’s books.
Teams from 11 countries on stage for Kids’ Lit Quiz™ World Final 2019, competing in buzzer rounds to answer literature questions on children’s books.PHOTO: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD
Ms Catherine Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Public Library Services, NLB, Mr Shee Tse Koon, Singapore Country Head, DBS, and Mr Wayne Millls, the Quizmaster and the creator of Kids’ Lit Quiz with the winning team from Churchill Road Elementary Sch
Ms Catherine Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Public Library Services, NLB, Mr Shee Tse Koon, Singapore Country Head, DBS, and Mr Wayne Millls, the Quizmaster and the creator of Kids’ Lit Quiz with the winning team from Churchill Road Elementary School from the United States of America.PHOTO: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD
The audience attempted some literary questions at the POSB-NLB Kids’ Lit Quiz™ World Final 2019.
The audience attempted some literary questions at the POSB-NLB Kids’ Lit Quiz™ World Final 2019.PHOTO: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD

The POSB-NLB Kids’ Lit Quiz™ World Final 2019 was hosted by Singapore for the first time on 12 July 2019 at the School of the Arts Concert Hall. An annual international literature competition for students aged ten to 13, the competition covered topics from classic children’s books to comics and pop culture.

To prepare for this quiz, participants were encouraged to widen their horizons by reading extensively across all genres. The competition celebrates the joys of reading by encouraging students to test their knowledge and hone their imagination. This is the sixth year that Singapore had participated, joining a growing family of eleven nations, with Thailand and Nigeria participating for the first time.

Churchill Road Elementary School from the United States of America took the top spot in the World Final. New Zealand’s Palmerston North Normal Intermediate School came in second, while South Africa’s St John’s College snagged third position. Singapore’s representative team, NPS International School, finished sixth.