• Mrs. Altena will let you know about GRC 2020-2021 as soon as she hears something from KCLS.

    What is the Global Reading Challenge?

    The Global Reading Challenge uses a format developed by the Portage Public Library with their successful Battle of the Books program.  However, the Global Reading Challenge also promotes the reading of fiction and non-fiction that celebrates the world’s diverse community.  The Global Reading Challenge is limited to 4th and 5th graders within the King County Library System’s service district in both public and private schools.

    Each year, King County Library System Librarians select 5-6 books especially suited to the reading interests of their young readers.  A wide range of reading levels is represented by selected books so all students can participate in the Challenge.  Questions are based on specific and factual information found within the contents of the selected books.

    School challenges are conducted in each school building by KCLS library staff.  The top team from each school proceeds on to a School District Challenge and then possibly on to a Regional and Grand Challenge.  Schools may need to arrange transportation to these challenges.

    Preparing for the Challenge

    Once you decide to take the Challenge begin forming teams.

    • A team can consist of a combination of fourth and/or fifth grade students.
    • A team must consist of at least three students with lower-level reading skills.
    • A team made up of all advanced readers will not be accepted.
    • A team must consist of five students, plus one messenger, for a total of six students on a team.
    • The messenger will perform the job as a runner, or the person who takes the team’s answer to the judge’s table.
    • Messengers cannot participate in answering questions during a round, but can rotate with another team member after each round.
    • Each team will have a team captain who will act as the spokesperson for the group.

    How can I participate?

    Students will prepare for the challenge by reading and discussing the books between October and February.  While reading, students will be asked to write and submit questions about the book in order to aid in comprehension.

    Mrs. Altena will keep track of what each student is reading.  Each student commits to reading at least 2 books by February in order to be on a team.  You do not have to read all of the books to participate.

    How the Challenge Works

    Physical Set-up

    Five team members will each sit in a chair closely grouped in a circle and be given paper and pencils.  The sixth member of each team is called a messenger. The messenger will stand next to the team and not participate in answering questions. Messengers may rotate into the circle after each round.

    The KCLS librarians will be at the front of the room and will be asking questions.  There are 8 questions per round and 3 rounds.  Each question is worth 5 points.  Points are not deducted for incorrect answers.


    Teams will have 30 seconds to write down an answer to the question on the provided paper.  Correct spelling is not essential, but the words must be identifiable.

    The team with the highest total points becomes the In-School Challenge winner and proceeds on to the School District Challenge.  The team with the highest points at the School District Challenge will then advance to a Regional Challenge.  The top teams from each of the four regions will advance to the Grand Challenge.

    Grand Challenge

    The winning teams from each region (North, South, East, and Central) will participate in the Grand Challenge at the King County Library System Administration Building in Issaquah.  Ten questions will be asked in each round for the Grand Challenge.  The team with the highest points at the end of three rounds will be declared the winner and receive the Grand Challenge trophy.  This “traveling trophy” will be held at the top team’s school for a year.

    Awards, School Plaques, Certificates & Venues

    Each school will receive a school trophy that is engraved with their winning team’s name.  Teams will receive certificates and prize bags at the end of the In-School Challenge.

    At the School District Challenge, participating students will receive a certificate.  This Challenge will be held at one of the schools or at a King County Library, so transportation will need to be arranged by school administrators, librarians or teachers.

    Regional Challenges will be held at either a King County Library or at a school that is convenient for all competing teams.   Teams will receive certificates.

    For the Grand Challenge, each of the four regional teams will receive:  t-shirts, gold, silver, or bronze medal neck drapes and refreshments. The winning team will keep the Grand Challenge trophy for a year.

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