Kids’ Lit Quiz has practice questions available on the International site. Visit the Question Bank external.
One of the great things about Kids’ Lit Quiz is that there is no reading list. The Quiz is not a test that children should study for. Children are encouraged to read widely, try new genres and authors, and explore titles that interest them.
Below are a few titles that may help you with ideas for weekly meetings with your team. They contain lists of books, and information about authors. These are only suggestions. If you have a title you think should be on this list, please let us know!
The Ultimate Book Guide, Ed. Daniel Hahn et al. (A&C Black, 2009)
This book highlights some well-known books for the 10-12 age level, and each entry is cross-referenced to other books that readers might enjoy.
It can help to identify future reading, to review the basic plot of stories before a competition, or to highlight “next reads” in the same genre.
1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, Ed. Julia Eccleshare (Universe, 2009)
Some of the titles in this 960-page reference are difficult to find in Canada. Many of the write-ups, however, include interesting details about the authors or publishing history.
The New York Times Parent’s Guide to the Best Books for Children,
Ed. Eden Rose Lipson (Harmony, 2000)
This well-organized volume divided into 6 age ranges includes emerging classics and favourites from the 1990s in its entries of award winning children’s books. It contains multiple indexes, grouping books by title, author, illustrator; age appropriateness; and special interests–from the specific (cats) to the general (family life).
Children’s Book-a-day Almanac by Anita Silvey (Roaring Book Press, 2012)
This book introduces a different book for every day of the year, with brief summaries, interesting points about the authors and comments on each title’s significance.