Scorpion Spectacular

2024 — Glendale, AZ/US

Children's Literature

Abbreviation CL
Format Speech
Entry Fee $10.00
Overall Entry Limit 21
Entry Limit Per School 6
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

1. The speaker will present a short picture book. The speaker’s demeanor, expression, and choice of literature should be considered for its appropriateness for young children, so that it may be understood and appreciated. The judges will likely be adults, although if feasible we may bring in actual children aged 6-10 in as well for finals.

2. The author’s words as published in the literature may not be altered for this presentation with the exception that cutting to fit the time limit if needed.

3. The presentation should BEGIN (no teasers) with an introduction that welcomes the audience with the name of the story and/or pieces in the volume along with the name of the author(s). The speaker should indicate their reason for choosing the literature (perhaps it’s a childhood favorite, something sentimental, or a particular character that the speaker identifies with). Finally, they should invite the child audience to listen for a particular moral or important life lesson. The introduction should not exceed one minute of total speech time.

4. The speaker should read from the actual source and may appropriately and creatively refer to the physical cover and story illustrations throughout the performance; however, be sure they enhance the story experience and don’t disrupt the flow.

5. Speakers may sit or stand (or a combination) for the entirety of the presentation. The chair may be used as a prop, but no other props may be used.

6. Maximum time limit: 7 minutes with a 30-second “grace period.”