Readers Cup 2022

The ISLN Readers Cup is an annual event with two different components: an online quiz and a readers festival. It is held annually over two weeks in April / May.

The ISLN Readers Cup Quiz is an online competition using the Red Dot books as the source of the questions. (Note: In the past, the format has been face-to-face, but it will always be online going forward.)

It is held annually, asynchronously over the course of a week, either in the last week in April or first week of May. Each school decides the timing for each team to take each quiz over the course of the week. This year’s QUIZ dates are Monday, 9 May through Friday, 13 May 2022.

The ISLN Readers Cup Festival is an (ideally) in-person event in which teams participate in activities related to the Red Dot books. The ISLN Readers Cup Quiz results and the Red Dot shortlists for the following year are announced during the Festival. A local writer or illustrator will be invited to speak.

It is held annually in April/May, on the first working day following the completion the ISLN Readers Cup Quiz – usually for an afternoon. The Awards/Announcement  segment of the Festival will be held online after school. This year’s ISLN Readers Cup Festival date is Tuesday, 17 May 2022.

Key Details

  • Registration: $20 per student for ISLN member schools; $30 per student for non-member schools
  • Team size: Teams should have a maximum of six students; if a school cannot field a team, they can enter an individual
  • Number of teams per school: Each school can enter up to four teams in each category
  • The competition categories are:
    • Younger Readers (Years 3 to 5 / Grades 2 to 4)
    • Older Readers (Years 5 to 8 / Grades 4 to 7)
    • Mature Readers (Years 8+ / Grades 7+)
  • The ISLN Readers Cup Quiz questions will be shared on Kahoot!
  • Final Quiz titles will be announced in early January
  • Practice questions will be made available on this site a few months before the Readers Cup Quiz


  • Winners in each category will get possession of the Readers Cup trophy for a year
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will receive medals
  • All participants will receive an online certificate of participation
  • Other gifts and prizes may be donated by sponsors or arranged by individual schools

Readers Cup FAQs

Promote the RED DOT books and Readers Cup Quiz and find/create teams (see iteration videos), arrange for your teams to meet and read & learn the books. Submit confirmation of teams and participant names. Submit payment. Organize place and time for your teams to do the quiz. Optional: create activities to do with your teams. Optional: have students create and swap Kahoots with other teams. Optional: attend Readers Cup Awards Festival.
The Red Dot focus groups will make recommendations for Readers Cup books with the Red Dot and Readers Cup Coordinators having the final say. Quiz titles will be announced in early January.
Food and snacks are not covered by ISLN. Each school should make their own arrangements.
18 Younger Teams from 9 schools (115 students); 21 Older Teams from 9 schools (115 students); 11 Mature Teams from 6 schools (37 students) = 50 teams total with 267 students
The quiz is a Kahoot. It is NOT timed but we aim for about 1 min per question: Younger: 60 minutes: 6-8 books and 10 questions. Older: 70 minutes: 6-8 books and 10 questions. Mature: 60 minutes: 4-6 books and 15 questions. Tiebreaker round - there is an extra tiebreaker round with 10 questions taken from all the books. This is timed BUT this score will ONLY be used if we have a tie in the initial round - they are discarded otherwise.
Each school submits the top score for a category -- as schools can only have one podium place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd). If there are any tie breakers we use the scores from the tie breaker round.
1st place finishers in a category receive a medal each and take home a category team trophy for 1 year. 2nd & 3rd place teams receive a medal each. All students receive a participation certificate.
The final deadline to submit your teams is 4 weeks before the Quiz begins. When you register teams, you will need to name the students on each team.
If the Festival is virtual, 4 weeks before the Quiz ends. If the Festival is (partially) in person, 8 weeks before the Quiz ends.
You can structure it any way that works best for you. Come back to this site for videos and photos showcasing ways other schools have done it.
An appropriate combination of Google Group (using appropriate Subject Headings, Google Docs (including use of Notifications), the Red Dot Awards website, etc.