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Global Reading Challenge


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What is the Global Reading Challenge?

The 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.


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.


photo: George Kuttner

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.

In the month of March, school challenges are conducted in each school building by library staff. Branch challenges are then held at individual branches. Winning branch teams will compete in the District Challenge.

Teacher and Coach Guidebook

The Global Reading Challenge Teacher and Coach Guidebook is available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

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For more information about the Global Reading Challenge at Kalamazoo Public Library, please contact Sue Warner or call 269-553-7876.

2015 Advancing Teams:

  • Winchell  - The Flying Fedoras
  • Woods Lake  - The Reading Warriors
  • El Sol  - The Blue Vipers
  • Woodward  - Power Readers
  • Parkwood-Upjohn  - Rocket Readers
  • Northglade  - Champions Xtreme
  • Lincoln - The Lions
  • Heritage Christian Academy - Candy Lollipops
  • Kazoo School - Book Bears
  • Arcadia - Clever Clovers
  • Northeastern - Wright Rules
  • Spring Valley - Soaring Sea Hawks
  • Washington - Team 2
  • Prairie Ridge - Radical Readers
  • King Westwood - Razzle- Dazzle Readers
  • Milwood - Team Lightning
  • Edison - Mean Glean Reading Machine

Washington Square Branch Challenge - Milwood Team Lightning

Central Library Challenge - Kazoo Book Bears

Oshtemo Branch Challenge - King Westwood Razzle-Dazzle Readers

Eastwood Branch Challenge - Spring Valley Soaring Seahawks

Powell Branch Challenge - Northglade Champions Xtreme

Congratulations to the Northglade Champions Xtreme team, 2015 Global Reading Challenge Champions!