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December 10, 2016


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Global Reading Challenge

Take the 2017 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 2017 Book Titles


See past years' Global Reading Challenge book lists

To celebrate the 2017 Global Reading Challenge, Global authors Katherine Applegate, Sundee Frazier, Kirby Larson, and Margi Preus will give presentations to Global students.


Global Reading Challenge - Important Dates

Eight Semi-Finals Rounds

Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, Central Library

  • Tuesday, February 28 - Friday, March 10
  • 66 Global teams

City Final

Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

  • Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1, Central Library




The Book Thieves of Thornton Creek Elementary School

Congratulations to
The Book Thieves
of Thornton Creek Elementary School

We Thank Our Sponsors

The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Pemco Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank, Northwest Literacy Foundation, the Ballard and Fremont Rotary clubs, and Toni Myers.