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    4th & 5th Graders Global Reading Challenge is happening this year!

    It may be different, but the fun is still part of the event.

    What's Currently Happening (12/7)

    • Readers are putting books on HOLD for pickup or finding them at SPL. I hope you are enjoying the books. Learn more about the books in the Book Reveal Video.
    • We have begun meeting on Teams to talk about books and participate in the SPL sponsored author visits. Join us through your calendar invite on Teams from 12:20 - 12:50 to talk books and begin quiz practice.

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    What is it?

    The Global Reading Challenge (GRC) is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library (SPL) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS). Its purpose is to:

    • Promotes a love of reading
    • Introduces kids to diverse viewpoints
    • Helps kids retain more of what they read
    • Fosters group activities and teamwork

    Every year, 4th and 5th graders from SPS participate in this fun, team-reading challenge. In a typical year, students are put on mixed-grade, mixed-gender teams, read 10 books pre-chosen for the challenge, and participate in a trivia-style competition against other McDonald teams. This year’s program is different.

    This Year's GRC

    Between November 1st and January 29th, students will work independently, or with buddies of their choosing, to read as many of the 7 books as possible. Watch here to learn about each of the books.

    SPL is also looking into an ART project option to combat screen fatigue and give students another way to participate. This could look like:

    • A student reads a book and creates something in response to it and shares it in February.
    • A student could create a poem, a drawing, a film, or cook a dish – anything they can take a picture of and that indicates that they have read the book and though about it
    • Students could work together to create something visual to represent one or all of the books and share it to SPL’s Instagram.

    Need More Information? The Seattle Public Library has lots of information about the current and past Global Reading Challenges. 


    So Many Books!

    Book Reveal Image

    Listen to a summary of this year's 7 GRC Books.

    2021 Global Reading Challenge Books

    Meet the Author 

    So excited to have the opportunity to virtually meet authors of this year's titles. Links to the Team Live Events will be sent to GRC participants. Can't make the event. Many will be recorded and I'll share the links for all. 

    When Stars Are Scattered Book CoverWed, Nov 18 10:15 - 11
    Victoria Jamieson author of this year’s Global Reading Challenge book When Stars Are Scattered.



    Sadiq Book CoverWed, Dec 2 10:15 - 11
    Siman Nuurali author of this year’s Global Reading Challenge book Sadiq and the Desert Star.



    Finding Langston Book CoverWed, Dec 16 10:15 -11
    Lisa Cline Ransome author of this year’s Global Reading Challenge and one of this year’s Sasquatch Nominees Finding Langston.