Global Reading Challenge

Knes Family Library happily supports the fourth grade’s Global Reading Challenge (GRC), which promotes the enjoyment of reading and the understanding of various cultures within this country and around the world.

The start of the GRC program is an exciting time of year for 4th graders, teachers, and librarians as we set out together to experience the Global Reading Challenge. Throughout winter quarter, we will be reading and becoming experts on a set of ten books. This effort culminates in two “battle of the books” style competitions. During the challenges, student teams will be asked questions based on specific information found within the ten selected books.

The objectives of the GRC are:

  • To promote a love of reading;
  • To introduce children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials;
  • To provide a recreational outlet for readers;
  • To encourage children to participate in a group activity;
  • To encourage children to read for retention;
  • To provide a positive learning experience for children, librarians, teachers and parents;
  • To build confidence and integrity in young readers; and above all,

Multiple copies of the books are available for students to check out at the Knes Family Library of the Lower School. Most are also available at public libraries and bookstores, including 57th Street Books. Availability at library branches can be checked online by clicking on "search" at:

The 2017 GRC book titles are:

  • Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Paper Wishes, by Lois Sepahban
  • The Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
  • The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, by Barbara O'Connor
  • The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
  • El Deafo, by CEce Bell
  • How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay, by Julia Alvarez
  • The Spaghetti Detectives, by Andreas Steinhofel

GRC Title Lists

GRC Title 2017