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Release Date: 10/29/2013

The Seattle Public Library announces 2014 Global Reading Challenge book titles

2014 Global Reading Challenge book titles

Thousands of elementary school students from nearly 50 Seattle public schools are gearing up for The Seattle Public Library's 2014 Global Reading Challenge. The students will compete in the Global Reading Challenge as teams. Together with their coaches, they will read and discuss a set of 10 books to prepare for the event.


Mary Palmer, children's librarian at The Seattle Public Library, said the Global Reading Challenge is modeled after a former weekly Chicago radio show that tested children's knowledge of books. On the radio program, aired more than 60 years ago, questions about characters, plots and settings were answered by teams representing different public elementary schools. 

According to Global Reading Challenge rules, questions are read and repeated once. Teams have 30 seconds to write down the answer to a question.


"The purpose of the Global Reading Challenge is to promote the love of reading and to have fun," Palmer said. "This program introduces children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials and provides a recreational outlet for readers. It makes it possible for students of all reading levels to participate in a public library activity that promotes reading as a pleasurable lifelong experience."


A series of in-school challenges will take place in February at participating elementary schools. See the Library's website for the list of participating schools. The top team from each school will then compete in semifinals against other top teams, and the winning schools from the semifinals will go on to compete in the city final. John Muir Elementary School's "Bookettes" won the 2013 Global Reading Challenge.



The books for the 2014 Global Reading Challenge include:


  • "How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay" by Julia Alvarez
  • "Sylvia & Aki" by Winifred Conkling
  • "The Mighty Miss Malone" by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • "Chickadee" by Louise Erdrich
  • "Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces" by J.H. Everett
  • "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster
  • "Inside Out & Back Again" by Thanhha Lai
  • "Little White Duck: A Childhood in China" by Na Liu
  • "The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe" by Roland Smith
  • "Home Court" by Amar'e Stoudemire


The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, The Norman Raab Foundation, Suzanne Hittman, Wells Fargo Bank, Northwest Literacy Foundation, and the Ballard Rotary.


For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636.

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