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

    GRC Space Image LogoIt may be different, but the fun is still part of the event.

    What is it?

    The GRC is a citywide program that is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools. 

    Every year, 4th and 5th graders from Seattle Public Schools participate in this fun team reading challenge presented by The Seattle Public Library and sponsored by Ballard Rotary. In a typical year, students get put on mixed grade level and gender teams, read all 10 books, and then participate in a trivia-style competition against other McDonald teams. This year’s program will look a lot different.

    The Core of the Program

    • Promotes a love of reading
    • Introduces kids to diverse viewpoints
    • Helps kids retain more of what they read
    • Fosters group activities and teamwork
    How will it work this year?

    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. Book titles will be announced on November 2nd through your student’s Library SeeSaw activity. Books will be introduced to students on Wednesday 11/4 during some Library Team Meetings.

    The books will be available digitally on SPL via Library Link (All SPS students have an account) or their own library card.

    Limited paper copies of the books will be available through Destiny Holds and Curbside Pick-Up.

    As of right now we won’t have any set Teams meetings, but I do plan on holding some open GRC Teams sessions to talk with kids about the books and look at quiz materials.

    At the end of January, SPL will help us host a virtual trivia-style competition. As of now the plan is that students who have read the books will be placed on teams to compete virtually.

    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.

    Want to participate?  You can sign up here or in your SeeSaw Activity. The Participation Slips are due November 6th! By filling out this Participation Slip Form you are helping me coordinate Team Meetings, Curb Side Pick-up and to make sure students who are committed to participating get all the information and those who are not interested don't get bombarded with information.

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

    I can't wait to share the books with you here ...on November 1st!


    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.