Nine teams of fourth and fifth graders from Seattle Public Schools will compete for the top spot in the citywide final of the 22nd annual Global Reading Challenge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.
"We're looking forward to expanding the program to all the elementary schools in Seattle Public Schools," said Mary Palmer, children's librarian and coordinator of the Global Reading Challenge.
To compete in the Global Reading Challenge, fourth- and fifth-graders work together on teams and read 10 books from November to early February, when they are quizzed on the books during in-school challenges. The winning team from each school proceeds to the semifinals, and the winner for each semifinal advances to the City Final Challenge.
The top nine teams in Seattle from the 2017 semi-finals are listed below.
- Bailey Gatzert - Global Gang
- Lowell - Reading Rock Star Pandas
- John Muir - Readers and Roarers
- Sand Point - Mutant Squirrels
- Graham Hill - Blue Pandas
- Thurgood Marshall - Who Are We Again?
- Genesee Hill - Literature Lions
- Leschi - Leschi Boom Readers
- Loyal Heights - Pink Porcupines
The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Pemco Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank, Northwest Literacy Foundation, the Ballard and Fremont Rotary clubs and Toni Myers.