20 December 2014

And the Winner of the Picture Book Bracket Is...

Five weeks ago, I first posted about our Picture Book Bracket. We started with sixteen contenders, books I knew were some of our students' favorites. But there could be only one champion. So, our students cast their votes, another appropriate activity during the month of November. There were some close votes and some surprising blowouts. In the end, it was down to two books: The Book That Eats People by John Perry and The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak. 

Never has a display got as much attention in our library as our Picture Book Bracket. Every time a class came in for a lesson, the first thing they'd look for was updates to the bracket. It sparked several debates about books. And I think it ended up in more picture books circulating for the past few weeks. Even when those sixteen books from our bracket weren't available, it provided opportunities to suggest other similarly awesome books.

The first eight books that survived the bracket were (final four in bold):
  • The Book That Eats People by John Perry
  • The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington
  • Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks
  • The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Probuditi by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
In the end, there was one clear favorite: The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak. It had universal appeal, from preK through fifth grade. And I think every grownup in our building liked it too. It's awesome when a school community can come together around a book and share a common interest. 

I'm really happy with how we participated in Picture Book Month this year. The bar has been set pretty high, so I can't wait to see what we come up with for next year. Maybe we'll do the bracket again or maybe we'll make it something we do every few years. Or maybe I'll just wait for someone to make a picture book awesome enough to knock The Book With No Pictures off its throne.