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The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading.

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"Bamboo Sword" by Margi Preus

Bamboo Sword

Margi Preus

In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Includes historical notes and glossary.


"Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Becoming Naomi Leon

Pam Muñoz Ryan

When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

"Cleo Edison Oliver Playground Millionaire" by Sundee Frasier

Cleo Edison Oliver Playground Millionaire

Sundee Frasier

Fifth-grader Cleo Edison Oliver is full of money-making ideas, and her fifth-grade Passion Project is no different--but things get more complicated when she has to keep her business running, be a good listener when her best friend needs her, and deal with the bully teasing her about being adopted at the same time.


"Dash" by Kirby Larson


Kirby Larson

When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

"Home of the Brave" by Gary Blackwood

Home of the Brave

Katherine Applegate

Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.


"Out of My Mind" by Margi Preus

Out of My Mind

Sharon Draper

Considered by many to not be capable of learning, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.


"The Porcupine Year" by Louise Erdrich

The Porcupine Year

Louise Erdrich

In 1852, forced by the United States government to leave their beloved island home, 12-year-old Omakayas and her Ojibwe family travel in search of a place to live. Heading north in hopes of joining Omakayas' aunt in a new settlement, the family faces violent raids, freezing weather, and near-starvation -- but they never lose hope.


"Secret Coders" by Gene Luen Yang

Secret Coders

Gene Luen Yang

Attending an elite school where enterprising students are challenged to solve a variety of clues and puzzles using computer programming, Hopper and her friend, Eni, resolve to crack the school founder's most elusive mystery together.


"The Turtles of Oman" by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Turtle of Oman

Naomi Shihab Nye

When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.


"The Watsons Go to Birmingham" by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Christopher Paul Curtis

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

We Thank Our Sponsors

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.