Book Brainiac’s throw down the gauntlet

Enthusiastic bookworms gathered at Huddersfield Town Hall on Thursday 7 March, to outwit rival book lovers in a quiz to celebrate World Book Day and our region’s admiration of reading.

Who was invited to the event?

Primary Schools were invited to take part in the 2019 Kirklees World Book Day Quiz – an annual event which has grown in popularity.

Cllr Masood Ahmed, our Cabinet Member for Learning and Aspiration said:

“It is wonderful to see so many school teams taking part today and I am delighted with the turnout.

Reading is one of the most important development skills – it helps with concentration, expands vocabulary and provides the ability to discuss and analyse. Reading 20 books to prepare for today is something every 5, 6 and 7 year old taking part should be very proud of. Every young person is already a winner.”

Competing to be champions…

This year boasted the biggest number of contestants to date, with a truly marvellous turnout – 35 teams from 25 schools – 140 young, imaginative minds, focused and eager to take first prize for their school and be crowned this year’s quiz champions.

It was a tense build up to the finish line – six rounds of six questions saw the teams discussing and dissecting clues and deliberating to agree correct answers in a race to the end.

Who won the competition?

Huge congratulations to Birkby Junior School who took 1st prize and were crowned this year’s champions! Colne Valley High School (Team A) won 2nd prize and after a tie break for 3rd prize, King James’s School pipped Crowlees CE J & I School (Team A) and Heckmondwike Primary School (Team B) to the post – these two teams received a book prize as a gesture.

Who was the guest author and compere for the day?

By popular demand and proving to be a real hit with all the contestants, students and supporters – entertaining performance poet Conrad Burdekin was invited back to be guest author and compere for the day.

How did the schools prepare for the quiz?

In the run-up to the quiz, schools were sent an information pack with details about the quiz, hints and tips on how to prepare and a reading list of books including Max and the Millions, The House on Chicken Legs and all-time favourites like the endearing Charlotte’s Web.

Celebrating the day

Some contestants, their teachers and supporters dressed up for the occasion to celebrate their favourite characters, really bringing them to life.

If you have any questions or would like to find out about next year’s World Book Day quiz then please email booksplus or call 01484 225083. Alternatively go to Kirklees Business Solutions to find out more.

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