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NZ Children’s Book Awards – 9th Annual TDL Children’s Quiz 2018

July 9, 2018

NZCYA_logo_jpg_largeTararua District Library is once again celebrating the best of New Zealand’s books for young people with our ninth annual Children’s Book Awards Quiz.  Primary schools from Tararua District have been invited to submit team(s) who will answer questions based on the finalist books listed here. See rules below for all the details.


Pahiatua School are the current District Champions. Can any other Tararua school knock them off their coveted perch?  The Champion Team get possession of a trophy for a year, plus a prize.  The highest scoring team in each town also get a small prize.  Time to get reading!

2017 Winners: Pahiatua School

Registration:     Entries close 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018

(entry forms available at your school office or download the Entry Form 2018)

Quiz Location:  Your local library

When:               Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 6.30pm (ends about 8.30pm)


Where are the books?

Each of our libraries has one copy of the finalist books.   They may be available on the shelves, but most likely you will have to reserve them.  Holds for these items are free, if on a child’s library card.  Each child may only issue the book one time, for a two week period with no renewals. To hold,  contact the library, or log into the online catalogue and do it yourself.


Use this link to see books in our catalogue.  A list of all the finalist books is also available here, and they are shown on the reverse of the entry form too.

Notes:  Parents, caregivers and teachers may attend the quiz to observe only. Smartphones or tablets are not allowed. Children may bring their own water bottle to the event.  Photographs of the winning team will appear on our Facebook page (not tagged), this blog and possibly the Bush Telegraph newspaper ; if you prefer not to be photographed, please advise a librarian prior.


  1. Primary school teams from within the Tararua district are eligible.
  2. Each team will consist of at most 4 students. Small country schools are permitted to combine their students with students of other small country schools to make up a team. Schools can enter more than one team.
  3. The quiz will be held simultaneously at each of our community libraries in the Tararua district. If entry numbers are low, the library reserves the right to hold the quiz in just two libraries. Results will be constantly updated.
  4. The questions will be from the finalist books in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2018 in the picture book, junior fiction, junior non-fiction and illustration categories. Questions from the non-fiction titles will be sourced from the first 10 physical pages only. This may include publishing information.
  5. Each team will need to have collectively read all the finalist books in the relevant categories. All district libraries will have copies of the books available for loan.
  6. Teams will be able to quietly confer before writing their answer down on the answer sheet provided.
  7. Please do not forget to write the name of your school and names of team members on each answer sheet. You will be given time to do this at the beginning of each round.
  8. After each question is asked, there will be 20 seconds for you to write down the answer. At the end of 20 seconds the bell will ring and you must stop writing.
  9. In the event of a tie, the top teams will compete in a playoff round.
  10. No adult will be permitted to sit with or confer with the teams until the quiz is finished.
  11. Each contestant is permitted a water bottle if they choose but no food is to be taken into the library.
  12. Please ensure all cell phones are switched off.
  13. The adjudicator’s decision is final.
  14. No papers will be returned to schools after the quiz.
  15. The winning team of the Tararua District Library Children’s Book Awards Quiz will be awarded a prize and a trophy. The trophy is to be returned prior to the following year’s quiz. The highest scoring team in each particular town will also receive a small prize.


The District Champions for 2018 are South School (Dannevirke). Congratulations – it was a close battle at times.

Children's Quiz 2018 results


Photo - Woodville Library - Children's Quiz 2018 - Highest scoring team

Woodville’s Highest Scoring Team – Kumeroa School



South School winning team!



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