Readers Cup

The annual Readers Cup competition was well-attended and enjoyed by everyone on Thursday, May 22, at the Canadian International School - Lakeside.

This year we experimented with running the three competitions simultaneously, in order to keep the time frame between 4 and 6 pm -- and it worked very well, with everyone together in the auditorium for the opening remarks, and then at the end for the announcement of the winners in each category.

And the winners were:

Younger Readers category:

1st place:  Singapore American School (SAS)

2nd place:  Stamford American International School (SAIS)

3rd place:  Canadian International School -- Tanjong Katong (CIS-TK)

Older Readers category:

1st place:  Singapore American School (SAS)

2nd place:  Stamford American International School (SAIS)

3rd place:  United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) - East

Mature Readers category:

1st place:  United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) - Dover

2nd place:  St. Joseph's Institution - International (SJII)

3rd place:  Australian International School (AIS)

Congratulations to the winners -- and to all the participants!

Each winning team member in each category received a personal book coupon for $20 and the winning schools in each category received a book coupon worth $1,000 -- all from the sponsor of this event, Bookaburra Books, represented at the event by the owner, Cheryle Hum.


Younger Readers Category
1.  Fortunately the Milk
2.  Ocean Sunlight
3.  Rubbish Town Hero
4.  Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong
5.  Zita the Spacegirl
6. [picture book] Too Many Elephants in the House

Older Readers Category
1.  Bomb
2. The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
3.  Doll Bones
4.  Flora & Ulysses
5.  Itch
6.  [picture book] Extra Yarn

Mature Readers Category
1.  172 Hours on the Moon
2.  Eleanor & Park
3.  Mice
4.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane
5.  [picture book] Journey Home

Click here to see some sample short-answer questions from last year.
Click here to see some sample multiple choice questions from last year.

How does the competition work?

The competition is open to all interested schools in the region who can field one team in any or all divisions (and in the case of educational organizations with parallel year bands on different campuses, such as UWC and CIS, each campus is considered a "school").  It is held in May every year.
Younger Readers - Year 3, 4 & 5 / Grade 2, 3 & 4
Older Readers - Year 5, 6, 7 & 8 / Grade 4, 5, 6 & 7
Mature Readers - Year 8+ / Grade 7+ 

The event consists of three separate competitions - Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Mature Readers.  The Younger and Older reader categories have 5 books + 1 picture book, while the Mature category has 4 books + 1 picture book.

Each competition consists of:

  • 10 short-answer written quiz per Book Round, each worth 1 point
    (Note: some questions are two-part, so 1/2 point is possible.)  (Click here for a sample.)
  • A multiple-choice written quiz with questions about all the books, each worth 1/4 point.  (Click here for a sample.)

Before the start of the competition, each team identifies one Book Round to be their "Joker Round" for which they will get double points on the short-answer questions. NB: The Joker Round cannot be the Picture Book (Early Years) book in the category.

The Book Rounds are timed. 4 minutes maximum, with 10% BONUS points if your team hands in the short-answer written quiz within 3 minutes. So if your team got 7 answers correct and handed in the sheet within 3 minutes, you would get 7.7 points for the round, and if your team got all 10 answers correct and handed in the sheet within 3 minutes, you would get 11 points.

The multiple-choice written quiz is filled in over the course of the whole competition -- only handed in at the end -- to be included in the final score. E
ach multiple choice answer is worth 1/4 point.

The younger & older readers'
teams are made up of a maximum of 6 students
, the senior team has a maximum of 4 students.

The total time of the event will be approximately 2 hours, allowing for introductions, audience trivia and judging.

Everyone (i.e., parents, other students, etc.) is welcome to attend (to cheer on your teams).

Registration is $60 per team (payable to ISLN on or before the day) to cover cups, medals, prizes, participation certificates, gifts for judges, refreshments.

Are you wondering how to run a Readers Cup Competition? 
Follow this link to read how others have done it or intend to do it.

Click here to ready about last year's Competition - including sample questions.

Click here for some photos and videos of the last event

Please add your comments, ideas & suggestions