Global Reading Challenge

The Global Reading Challenge

The Global Reading Challenge is a "Battle of the Books" program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading.

Led by Head Teacher Sarah Dowsing, teams of children who have read the GRC books take part in a "Quiz Bowl" game to determine the winner for the city of Seattle. The program encourages 4th and 5th grade students of all reading levels to develop teamwork while reading some of the best in children's literature.


Exciting News:

On March 22nd, Whittier's Global Reading Challenge Team, The Sparkly Word Wizards, participated in the Finals at the downtown library. They missed only one answer and tied for 2nd Place! Congratulations, Sparkly Word Wizards! We are so proud of you!

62 schools participated in the Global Reading Challenge this year and 8 teams made it to the finals; congratulations to all-city winner Thornton Creek for bringing home the trophy. It was an exciting competition this year, and we're all excited to see what Whittier students can do in next year's Challenge!


The 2015-16 Global Reading Challenge

To participate in the challenge, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a 4th or 5th grade student
  • Read at least 4 books from the list
  • Attend once-a-week practice from 11:20-11:40 during the months of January and February.

You will eat your lunch and practice answering questions.

  • Commit to being on a team

We have limited copies of these books in our library, so please look to the local libraries for checkout as well. 

When you have finished a book, write your name on the bulletin board by the library, under the book's title. We will assign teams in January. Until then, enjoy reading these amazing books! Permission slips will go home before winter break for permission to practice during lunch and to see who is interested in the program. 

For more information on the 2016 Global Reading Challenge, visit the Seattle Public Library website.


2016 Global Reading Challenge Selections

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (reading level T)
El Deafo by Cece Bell (reading level Q)
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (reading level X)
How Tía Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alvarez (reading level R)
Hana's Suitcase on Stage by Karen Levine (reading level Y)
Saving Kabul Corner by N. H. Senzai (reading level V)
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood (reading level Q)
Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris (reading level U)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (reading level S)
The Heart of the Samurai by Margi Preus (reading level W)


Important Dates

Tuesday, March 1 — Friday, March 11
    Seven Semi-Finals Rounds, 62 Global Teams compete
    Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, Central Library
Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m.
    City Final
    Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, Central Library

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