Nine teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from Seattle Public Schools will compete for the top spot in the citywide final of the 23rd annual Global Reading Challenge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

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.

The Global Reading Challenge started at the Library in 1995 with just 27 students. Now, more than 3,000 fourth- and fifth-graders from more than 65 Seattle Public Schools participate.

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 2018 semi-finals are listed below.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. – MLK JR Reading Squad
  • Viewlands – Dabbing Dolphins
  • Sand Point – Super Scuridae
  • Pathfinder – Enlightened Eagles
  • Bryant – Mysterious Benaltabe Society
  • Green Lake – #Feb2
  • Adams – Peaceful Tropical Pandas
  • Decatur – The Gods
  • Whittier – Banana Squids

The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, PEMCO, Northwest Literacy Foundation, the Ballard and Fremont Rotary clubs and Toni Myers.