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NZ Children’s Book Awards – 10th Annual TDL Children’s Quiz 2019

August 22, 2019

NZCYA_logo_jpg_largeTararua District Library is once again celebrating the best of New Zealand’s books for young people with our 10th 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.


Registration:     Entries close 5pm Friday 30 August 2019 (entry forms available at your school office or download Quiz Entry Form Tararua District Library New Zealand Children s Book Awards 2019)

Quiz Location:   Your local library

When:                 Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 6.30 pm (ends about 8.30)



South School winning team!

South School of Dannevirke are the current (2018) 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!


What/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 ; checkouts cannot be renewed.  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 shown on the reverse of the entry form.

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 a maximum of 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 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 2019 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 answer 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.
  16. In the event of a tie after four rounds, another set of 5 questions will be asked of the tied teams. This will continue until a winning team is found.


And the winner for 2019 is… St. Joseph’s School of Dannevirke. With a score of 62, the St Jo’s Bookworms finished 5 points ahead to claim the trophy and prize. Well done team, and thanks to everyone who participated.

Photo - Tararua District Library - 2019 Children's Book Awards Quiz - Winners St Joseph's School

St Jo’s Bookworms – 2019 Champions

Photo - Tararua District Library - 2019 Children's Book Awards Quiz - Scores

2019 Scores




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