Global Reading Challenge
Promoting Reading & World Culture
Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library. The Challenge promotes the reading of fiction and nonfiction that celebrate the world’s diverse community. The Global Reading Challenge is limited to 4th- and 5th-grade classes within the Kalamazoo Public Library District.
Global Reading Challenge Objectives
To promote the love of reading (and have fun)
To promote the use of public libraries as neighborhood and community resource centers
To introduce children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials (and have fun)
To provide a recreational outlet for readers
To encourage children to participate in a group activity (and have fun)
To encourage children to read for retention
To provide positive experiences between children, librarians, teachers, and parents (and have fun)
To form partnership with local schools and businesses, and strengthen community ties
To build confidence and integrity in young readers (and have fun)
To participate in a public library activity that promotes reading as a pleasurable lifelong experience.
Branch Challenge Schedule
Monday, March 11, Oshtemo Branch Challenge
Monday, March 11, Eastwood Branch Challenge
Tuesday, March 12, Powell Branch Challenge
Wednesday, March 13, Washington Square Branch Challenge
Thursday, March 14, Central Library Challenge
Final District Challenge
Monday, March 18, Central Library (advancing teams from each Branch Challenge)
photo: George Kuttner History
In the late 1930s two Chicago school librarians developed a program to test young readers’ knowledge of good literature. The program reached thousands of Chicago school children and was quickly turned into a weekly radio quiz program known as
The Battle of the Books. Questions about characters, plots, and settings were answered by teams representing public elementary schools. Answers were usually the titles of well-known fiction books and biographies.
How it Works
Ten books are selected each year by Kalamazoo children’s librarians, 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 factual and content information found within the 10 selected books.
GRC Teacher and Coach Guide PDF
For more information about the
Global Reading Challenge at Kalamazoo Public Library, please contact the KPL Youth Outreach Coordinator or call (269) 553-7885.
2024 Global Reading Challenge Book Titles