2020 Global Reading Challenge Has Ended

With the greatest of regret, we had to end our 2020 Global Reading Challenge halfway through. In-school challenges took place, but the school closures occurred in the middle of the semi-finals, so 38 teams were not able to compete. We will not be able to resume the 2020 round, but the program will start again in the fall, for our 26th year.

Thank you so much to all of the librarians, teachers, parents and most of all, kids, who made this wonderful reading challenge happen this year. Thank you also to our generous sponsors: The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Ballard Rotary, Fremont Rotary, Toni Myers, and The Northwest Literacy Foundation.

We want to acknowledge the hard work of all of the kids who participated. They read so much. They were ready. The eight teams who won or tied their semi-final rounds share the championship and represent us this year: Arbor Heights Flying CoconutsBailey Gatzert Global Reading Champions, Dearborn Park Narley Readers, Maple Challengers, Hawthorne Rainbow Pandas, Graham Hill Book Masters, Northgate Crazy Koalas, Sand Point Book Bosses.

Participants, please share with us! Did you post any photos from Global Reading Challenge this year? Use #GlobalReadingChallenge and tag @SPLBuzz so we can see your hard work and enthusiasm. If you don’t want to use a photo, post an image that represents your experience: share your team name and your artwork, or write a paragraph about your favorite thing that happened this year, take a photo of it and post it. 

2020 Semi-Final Champions

2020 Global Reading Challenge Books

Global Reading Challenge Rules and FAQs

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Rules and FAQs for teams participating in the Global Reading Challenge.

Global Reading Challenge Past Years' Books

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Since 1996, we have partnered with the Seattle Public Schools on a reading incentive program for 4th and 5th graders. Students form teams and read 10 books, then take part in a trivia competition to determine the winner for the city of Seattle. These are the past years' books lists. 

Participating Schools

Seattle Public Schools

The Global Reading Challenge is a reading incentive program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools.