2024 Global Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the many participants of the 2024 Global Reading Challenge! 4th and 5th graders from all over Seattle enjoyed author talks, joined book groups and teams, and competed in our trivia contest.

  • This was the 29th year of the Global Reading Challenge.
  • There were 8 books this year, and 9,846 books were distributed to schools and community partners.
  • We had 19 in-person author events over the course of the season and one virtual talk, available to Seattle Public School students.
  • Students used Library Link and their student ID number to check out e-books and e-audio.
  • 495 teams with 3,432 team members participated in the Global Reading Challenge Competition!
  • 70 teams competed in the Semi-finals. 9 teams went on to the City Finals. You can see team names below.

We are so impressed with all of the reading, writing, thinking, quizzing, discussions and excellent teamwork that students bring to Global Reading Challenge. We celebrate your accomplishments and hard work!

2024 Global Reading Challenge City Champions

Photo of Loyal Heights - The Sparky Beavers
Photo of Loyal Heights - The Sparky Beavers

2024 Global Reading Challenge City Finalist Teams

SPL Children's librarians present the book selections for the 2023-2024 Global Reading Challenge.

Global Reading Challenge Past Years

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Since 1996, we have partnered with the Seattle Public Schools on the Global Reading Challenge. See previous years’ book choices and explore other books you might like here.

Participating Schools