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    Watch the video to learn about the books and how this year's challenge will work!

    The Global Reading Challenge 2021

    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 LH teams.  This year’s program will look a lot different. It is being developed as we go along but at its core this 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?

    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. Students have complete directions and all forms in their Schoology Library Course. 


    The following books will be available digitally on SPL via Library Link, but they do not have unlimited copies of all the books.  Access Library Link information. All SPS students have an account. If you want digital copies, I recommend putting holds on them now so that you have them when you want them.

    Start reading right now!  Seattle Public Library has eBooks, and audiobooks! 

    Limited physical copies (15) of the books will be available through Destiny Holds and Curbside Pick-Up.  I'll limit participants to 2 GRC books at a time.  Please return them as soon as you finish them so that I can quarantine them and make them available for the next student.  

    GRC Books will only be available to GRC participants.  In February, books will be available to all LHE students.  


    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.

    Finally, I'm excited to announce that this year students will have the opportunity attend live Teams Author Visits with four (so far) of the authors!  All visits will be recorded for later viewing as allowed by the authors' contracts.  The first visit is on 11/4 at 10:15 AM.  I'll send along the link to anyone who has signed up by Wednesday morning. 

    11/4 Joseph Bruchac Live Event: Recording

    11/18 10:15 GRC Teams Live Event with Victoria Jamieson: Recording

    12/2 10:15 GRC Teams Live Event with Siman Nuurali

    12/16 10:15 GRC Teams Live Event with Lesa Cline Ransome

    Want to participate?  Sign up here:  Participation Form  Participation forms are due November 6th!   

    You can find more information about the program here: