Once again, KCLS is proud to sponsor the Sixteenth Annual Global Reading Challenge in 2017, Each fall, six books are selected by KCLS Children’s Librarians, and complete sets of all six books are made available to participating elementary schools. Teams of 4th and 5th grade students, including below grade level readers, compete to represent their school by answering a variety of questions drawn from the selected books.
King County Library Children’s Librarians conduct all Global Reading Challenges. The challenge consists of multiple rounds of competition: in-school, intra-school district (in some locations), school district, and a Grand Challenge in four regions. Participants in school challenges will receive certificates and a prize. The winning school in each region will receive a trophy to keep at their school.
As sponsors of the Challenge, the King County Library System Foundation provides books and a small prize for up to 5 teams per school. Although competitive, the Global Reading Challenge maintains the original intent of the Battle of the Books, which is to have fun with reading, libraries and librarians.
For 2017, there are over 275 students from 10 different elementary schools in the Auburn School District participating! The Final Challenge for the Auburn School District will be held on the evening of March 9th, at 7pm, at the Auburn Avenue Theater. Special thanks to the City of Auburn for their support!