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December 20, 2014


Children : Global Reading Challenge

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Global Reading Challenge

20 years of 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. After reading 10 books, children take part in a "Quiz Bowl" game to determine the winner for the city of Seattle.



Go to 2015 Book Titles


See past years' Global Reading Challenge book lists


To celebrate the 20th year of Global Reading Challenge, 2015 Global authors Anjali Banerjee, Kate DiCamillo, and Sundee Frazier will give presentations to Global students.


Kate DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will also give a presentation to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, in the Microsoft Auditorium.

Global Reading Challenge - Important Dates

Seven Semi-Finals Rounds

Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, Central Library

  • Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 13
  • 54 Global teams


City Final

Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

  • Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, Central Library



Meet the Global Reading Challenge Book Team™:

Watch the suspenseful first episode of the Global Reading Challenge Book Team!™ video. Will the Global Reading Challenge be shut down forever by the Evil Ignore-Ant and his Ignore Ray Machine? Will Book Team!™ get kids to read again? Learn what’s at risk.



We Thank Our Sponsors

The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, The Norman Raab Foundation, Northwest Literacy Foundation, and the Ballard and Fremont Rotary clubs.