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Books Beat Basketball: 2019 March Book Madness

*Programming Idea Alert*

I’ve been an admirer of March Book Madness for a while now. Modeled after March Madness in college basketball, it’s a single-elimination tournament where books go head to head, with the winner of each matchup decided by kid votes. Winners advance until there is a champion. Teachers Tony Keefer and Scott Jones created the event and there are picture book, middle grade, and YA brackets.

The theme this year is The Character’s Journey, and I was dumbfounded to find that The Very Last Castle is one of the competitors.

First grade teachers at my school did a modified version of March Book Madness at my school last year and were raving about how well it went over with their students.

Click here to visit the March Book Madness website and learn more.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.