Jacky Atkinson retired as a librarian in a secondary school in Oxford in 2006 after her team won the UK National title and competed in Auckland, New Zealand, taking third place.
Since then she has been the voluntary UK National Organiser and has seen the quiz grow and thrive, not only in the UK (now 18 heats), but also around the world.
She works tirelessly for the project and also promotes it in Hong Kong where she lived for 8 years.
In December 2015, together with Gaynor Cooper, she was responsible in obtaining Charity Status for KLQ UK.
As a child she always had her nose in a book and gets great pleasure helping to promote the joy of reading to so many young people.
Marj Brown is Head of History at an all girls school in Johannesburg, SA, called Roedean. She brought the quiz to SA in 2004, after seeing it in Yorkshire, UK. After fundraising and spreading the quiz slowly, it operates in 8 regions in SA. SA has hosted the International finals twice.
Marj has many passions in life, but reading and History are two of them, and as a teacher she feels reading is important for many cognitive reasons, but also as a much needed escape for everyone.
SA has many challenges in terms of literacy, and thus there is a limited pool of schools that can enter the KLQ. (About 90% of SA schools do not have functioning libraries). She thus started a literacy quiz, called Phendulani, and she fundraises to donate books and run a literacy quiz in schools that are disadvantaged. This quiz now reaches over 100 schools in SA. Kids' Lit Schools are twinned with disadvantaged schools, and help run the quiz.
Nicole Deans comes from a background of teaching and libraries having worked in both schools and a University library over the last 30 years. She has a passion for books, reading and children and what she loves most about Kids’ Lit Quiz is that it rewards and celebrates children that love to read. The opportunities for children who take part in Kids’ Lit Quiz goes beyond allowing children to share their passion and be part of a team, they become part of an International Reading Community and have the opportunity to share books and experiences from all over the World.
Dr. Catherine Kurkjian is a Professor, in the Department of Literacy, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Catherine organised and hosted the International World Final Kids’ Lit Quiz (July 2015) Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT in the summer of 2015
As a teacher and then as a professor Catherine has spent most of her professional career bringing children and their books together. She is pleased to be involved with the KLQ which spreads the joy of reading to so many youngsters from around the world.
Jun Niu is currently leading the secondary library at the German Swiss International School. She has been an active member of School Librarian Association in Hong Kong since 2008. Before that, she was a children’s librarian in San Francisco Bay Area.
Aida is a librarian with the National Library Board in Singapore. She is part of the Read[at]School team, a school outreach programme which aims to make reading exciting for students aged 7 to 17. She coordinates the Kids’ Lit Quiz in Singapore as part of the Read[at]School initiative, and is glad to support this competition to make reading a rewarding experience for students.