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Release Date: 03/18/2013

Seattle fourth- and fifth-graders to compete for top spot in 'Global Reading Challenge' city final April 2

Global Reading Challenge 2013

Ten teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from Seattle Public Schools will compete for the top spot in Seattle at the city final of the 2013 Global Reading Challenge at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m.


More than 2,500 fourth- and fifth- graders from more than 40 Seattle Public Schools studied 10 books to prepare for the Global Reading Challenge.


The ten top teams in Seattle are listed below.

  • "The Bookworms" from Broadview-Thompson Elementary


  • "The Huskies" from Hawthorne Elementary


  • "The Smart Mustaches" from John Hay Elementary


  • "The Bookettes" from John Muir Elementary


  •  "The Awesome Readers" from Leschi Elementary


  • "The Unknowns" from Loyal Heights Elementary


  • "The Readers" from Northgate Elementary


  • "Rise of the Readers" from Orca Elementary


  • "Onomatopoeia" from Stevens Elementary


  • "The Fire Breathing Chickens" from Thurgood Marshall Elementary



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."


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

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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