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October 24, 2016


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2016 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 2016 Book Titles


See past years' Global Reading Challenge book lists



To celebrate the 2016 Global Reading Challenge, Global authors Margi Preus, N.H. Senzai, and Katherine Applegate will give presentations to Global students.


The Seattle Children’s Theatre is staging the play Hana’s Suitcase for ages 10 and older through February 7. Here is a link to their website and dates of the play.


Enter to win a gorilla prize pack and classroom visit from the Woodland Park Zoo! Students who read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and complete this activity book will be entered to win, and their work will be posted on the Zoo Blog.






The Book Thieves of Thornton Creek Elementary School

Congratulations to
The Book Thieves
of Thornton Creek Elementary School


Unpacking Hana’s Suitcase

Sanislo Elementary hosted a Google Hangout event for four Global Reading Challenge schools to ask questions of Hana’s brother, George Brady, George’s daughter Lara, playwright Emil Sher and Fumiko Ishioka, who started the Holocaust Education Resource Center in Tokyo. Watch the video:

We Thank Our Sponsors

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