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. Starting in January, and continuing throughout the 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 Global Reading Final Challenge is scheduled for March 13, 2018.

The objectives of the GRC are:

  • To promote a love of reading;
  • To give students a shared experience reading in multiple genres focusing on a variety of cultures;
  • 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 to have fun.

Multiple copies of the books will be 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 Chicago Public Library branches can be checked online by clicking on "search" at:

The 2019 GRC book titles are:

  • Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay, by Julia Alvarez
  • Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas
  • P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin
  • Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
  • Tiger Boy, by Mitali Perkins
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire, by Jean Merrill.
  • Warriors, by Joseph Bruchac