Third-Grade Reading Challenge championship results in tie


Video highlights from the finals

The Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge finals tested literary skills of 56 third-graders on March 25, 2015, at the Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater.

The top seven teams from Snohomish and Island county schools participated in the final round of the book trivia event, demonstrating their reading expertise and teamwork skills, answering three rounds of questions drawn from six books selected by Sno-Isle librarians.

The evening ended in a nail-biting tie between the Maplewood K-8 Royal Readers and the Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Record Readers, with both teams answering all eight tie-breaker questions correctly and finishing the Challenge with perfect scores. The Royal Readers and Record Readers were both declared top-scoring Reading Challenge Champions of 2015!

“Sno-Isle Libraries is tremendously proud of these third-grade readers,” said Jane López-Santillana, reading challenge coordinator. “The Reading Challenge has been a wonderful opportunity for our organization to partner with schools and the greater community to publicly support literacy, celebrating the beginnings of what we hope will become a lifelong passion for reading and a memorable teamwork experience.”

Early rounds from the past three months garnered participation from 156 teams at 37 schools, totaling 1,209 students. The five other teams in the finals were Cedar Way Elementary Angry Books (Mountlake Terrace), Fairmount Elementary Group of 7 Awesome Readers (Mukilteo), Forest View Elementary Hawks (Mill Creek), Presidents Elementary Reading Racers (Arlington), and South Whidbey Elementary Rampaging Readers (Langley).

Patrick Jennings, author of the popular “Guinea Dog” children’s books, made a surprise appearance and signed many autographs for contestants.

Besides “Guinea Dog,” participants were asked trivia questions on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, “Frindle” by Andrew Clements, “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow, “White Fur Flying” by Patricia Mac Lachlan” and “The Year of the Dog” by Grace Lin.

The Reading Challenge program is funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. For more information, visit

View the Facebook photo album and watch video highlights of the finals.