Children’s Book Trivia
The Children’s Book Council held its annual Children’s Book Trivia night last Thursday night, organized by the Early Career Committee of the Council. The prize? A golden bunny, and the chance to be known as a know-it-all. Honestly, I have no idea why the awards are bunnies. But they’re cute and golden:
One of my colleagues is on the ECE and let us know about the trivia night. Basically it’s for publishing people, especially us young folk, to see how much we really know about all these books we’re publishing, and have published. There are several teams and you are placed with a team with people from other publishing people because everyone knows different things about each others’ books.
It was my first time going and I am so glad I went. My team didn’t win but it was a whole lot of fun. It also made me realize that despite how much I read, there are gaping holes in my childrens book knowledge.
The event was held in the Education Resource Center room at Scholastic, where we got snacks and drinks. I made sure to stay away from the wine because I was thoroughly tired as it was to begin with.
And who were the MCs? Holly Black and Cassandra Clare! Ok, I haven’t read any of their books: the first book in the Mortal Instruments is still on a shelf from a previous conference I went to, and a galley of White Cat is somewhere in my cubicle at work. Cassandra Clare was a trooper and came despite a broken rib. So Holly Black was the one running around the entire room and she was a hoot!
So this is how the night played out: For each question, every team would write down their answer(s) on a clipboard and hold it up and Holly Black would walk around and read out the teams’ answers. If we “flirted” with her or gave silly answers, she would give us points, based on her discretion. As it turns out, my team became her favorite, due to the silly answers we were giving. (Go Team 11!) After a certain point, the top two teams were determined and then we had a short break. Afterwards, the top two teams played a round of Jeopardy with 4 different categories. And then a winner was determined. They got bunnies, and signed books from the authors. There was even a “rogue” team that played along with the two teams. One girl on my team knew a lot of the spells featured in Harry Potter.
So what were some of the questions? Name four characters in the Redwall series. What was the first book of Judy Blume’s that was turned into a feature film? And what other books of hers were made into TV movies/series. What was the name of the girl’s boyfriend’s band in If I Stay? There was one part where we were shown parts of covers and we had to determine the title and author and/or illustrator. I can’t remember anymore but let me tell you, they were hard. The questions involved old and new books. The most I contributed was for the cover part. The other thing I realized is that yes, I do read a lot, but I can’t seem to remember a lot of details.
Either way, a fun time was had, and I will definitely be participating again next year. I didn’t take my camera with me, but apparently this was the biggest crowd they had for the trivia. Time to start brushing up on my trivia for next year…