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June 1, 2016

Kid-Lit Trivia for National Young Readers Week!

While I personally believe every day should be Readers Day (no matter your age) there are sanctioned times when we focus on the joy—and importance—of reading. This week is one of them. National Young Readers Week began in 1989 and it highlights the importance of teaching by example when it comes to reading. Children need to see adults they admire reading, and this week helps highlight that need. Schools across the country have guest readers. Principals take on reading challenges from their students. And teachers do whatever it takes to ignite the love of reading.

“Doing whatever it takes” varies from class to class and from school to school. In past years, schools have staged read-a-thons to raise money for literacy organizations. Teachers have dyed their hair in rainbow shades when students have met a reading goal. Principals have stood on school rooftops and read stories through a megaphone during recess. Librarians have dressed as characters from favorite books for school fair photo booths. There are countless ways to motivate readers and celebrate the love of books, but one of my favorite ways has been to participate in trivia challenges.

I’ve been lucky enough to play trivia of all kinds—by myself and on teams. I’ve played trivia for charity, for prizes, and for bragging rights, but the most fun I’ve had has been playing kid-lit trivia with the Children’s Book Council. (They just hosted their 10th Annual Extreme Trivia Challenge.) For this Young Readers Week I thought it would be fun to share some trivia questions with all of you to help celebrate great books. Use the 20 questions below for a trivia challenge in your class or for a family fun night. You might not know all the books or characters, and I hope you’ll be inspired to add to your reading list!





  1. His real name is not Dr. Seuss—what is it?
  2. What is the name of the town where Babar the elephant king lives?
  3. In Where the Wild Things Are Max chases his dog down the stairs. What is he holding in his hand?
  4. Ramona calls her doll by the most beautiful name in the world. What is it?



Colorful Questions:

  1. What color is Clifford?
  2. Harold draws a fantastic overnight adventure with a crayon. What color is it?
  3. In the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, what color are Dorothy’s slippers?
  4. Pete the Cat loves his white shoes, but what are the other three colors his shoes turn during the story?



Family Connections:

  1. Peter Rabbit has three siblings. What are their names?
  2. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are the sisters in Little Women. What is their last name?
  3. Peggy Parish created Amelia Bedelia, but now Herman Parish writes the books. What is their relationship?
  4. In The House on East 88th Street, the Primms move into a new house and find someone unexpected in their bathtub. Do you know who it is?



Lions & Tigers & Bears!

  1. Skippyjon Jones pretends to be a Chihuahua, but what animal is he when he’s not in costume?
  2. In Charlotte’s Web, what is the first thing that Charlotte writes in her web for Wilbur?
  3. What kind of animal keeps saying “He should not be here when your mother is out!” in The Cat in the Hat?
  4. What two animals do Alice and the Red Queen use to play croquet in Alice in Wonderland?



Food & Drinks

  1. What treat does the White Witch give Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
  2. What does Eloise feed Skipperdee, her pet turtle?
  3. Can you name everything that The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats on Saturday?
  4. In Little House in the Big Woods the Ingalls family pours something on snow to make candy. What do they pour?



answers below—







  1. Dr. Seuss’s real name in Theodor Seuss Geisel.
  2. Babar lives in Celesteville—which is named after his lovely wife.
  3. In Where the Wild Things Are Max chases his dog while holding a fork.
  4. Ramona names her doll Chevrolet—after her aunt’s car.


Colorful Questions:

  1. Clifford is a big red dog.
  2. Harold uses a purple crayon to draw his fantastic overnight adventure.
  3. Though they were red in the movie, in the book Dorothy’s slippers are silver.
  4. Pete the Cat loves his white shoes, but he also loves them when they’re red, brown, and blue!


Family Connections:

  1. Peter Rabbit’s siblings are Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
  2. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are the March sisters.
  3. Herman Parish is Peggy Parish’s nephew.
  4. When the Primms move into The House on East 88th Street, they find Lyle the crocodile in their bathtub.


Lions & Tigers & Bears!

  1. When he’s not in costume, Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese kitten.
  2. Charlotte writes “SOME PIG” in her web.
  3. The family’s pet fish tries to keep order in The Cat in the Hat.
  4. Alice and the Red Queen use hedgehogs for balls and flamingos for mallets when they play croquet.


Food & Drinks

  1. The White Witch gives Edmund Turkish delight (a kind of candy).
  2. Skipperdee loves to eat raisins.
  3. The caterpillar eats one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon (and he gets a stomach ache).
  4. The Ingalls family pours maple syrup on snow to make candy.



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One Response

  1. Marty hart

    What fun! I am a school librarian. This would be a great scavenger hunt!

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