March Book Madness

worldwide March Book madness has reached PS 196Q!

What is March BOOK Madness?

March Book Madness is an online bracket-style tournament. It works much like the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship games, except that it's online and it matches books in one-on-one "games" instead of basketball teams!

Students vote for their favorite book(s) in one of two tournament brackets: 1) PICTURE BOOK or 2) MIDDLE GRADE. The winners of each tournament's "game" will be decided by a simple vote cast on a Google Form designated for the tournament chosen.

Who are the participants?

Two teachers in Central Ohio have taken their classroom versions of March Book Madness to the rest of the world. Now students from PS 196Q as well as other schools from around the world can participate in the Worldwide March Book Madness!

Check out the "Participants" map link below.

Who is determining the champions?

Participants from SCHOOLS around the world!

WORLDWIDE Participants Map:

What's the buzz around the world?

How do I begin?

Choose the tournament you would like to participate in (PICTURE BOOK or MIDDLE GRADE). You may participate in both tournaments, if you wish. Start reading the books that have qualified for the tournament as soon as possible (book lists and tournament brackets are provided below). Copies of books can be borrowed from Queens Public Library (QPL) if not available in our school library. Further, titles can be requested digitally from QPL for pickup from any desired branch.

It is our hope that participants in the Picture Book Tournament (PBT) read all 16 books. To help participants achieve this goal, links to video read-alouds have been provided below.

It is our hope that participants in the Middle Grade Novel Tournament (MGNT) read as many of the listed books from the tournament brackets as possible. Further, we ask that MGNT participants only cast a vote for favorite book(s) read.

How do I choose a favorite?

This year's theme is COMPELLING CHARACTERS. Compelling characters are developed in stories through their unique life experiences, and the troubles or problems they endure and try to overcome. Which book had your favorite compelling character? What makes the character interesting or special?

When Do I vote?

Actual voting begins in March. Winners in each bracket will be decided on a date that is close to the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship game.


Round 1 - On March 5th, 2018 Round 1 voting will begin.

  • Vote for Round 1 winners – Two of 16 books are paired against one another book to determine who the "Elite Eight" are that will advance to Round 2. Entries on Round 1 ballots (using Google Form) are due by midnight, Sunday, March 11th.

ROUNDS 2, 3, & Championship Round

  • Vote for Round 2 winners – The "Elite Eight" winners of Round 1 go against each other in Round 2 to determine who the "Final Four" are that will advance to Round 3. Entries on Round 2 ballots (using Google Form) are due by midnight, Sunday, March 18th.
  • Vote for Round 3 winners – The "Final Four" winners of Round 2 go against each other in Round 3 to determine who the two finalists are that will advance to the Championship Round. Entries for Round 3 ballots (using Google Form) are due by midnight, Sunday, March 25th.
  • Vote for the Champion – The two finalists of Round 3 go against each other to determine who the Champion is! The Championship Round ballots (using Google Form) are due Friday, March 30th.

HOW do I vote?

Cast your votes for your favorite book(s) on one or both of the online Google Voting Forms provided below. Each tournament has its own voting form.

There are four rounds in the tournament. If your favorite book(s) wins the current round, in order for the book to advance (and have a chance to win the next round) you will need to cast additional votes using the Google Form. You can only vote one time for each round for each tournament. Follow the schedule above to cast your timely vote.

Please note, the forms do not collect any personal data. After each round of voting the bracket will be updated and the next round of voting will begin.


Check out the 16 picture books that were picked to go with the theme of "Compelling Characters" and then help decide which book will be the winner!


Below is the list of books in case you cannot clearly read the covers above.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts

​Dave The Potter by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

Each Kindness By Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddely

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Mother Bruce by Ryan T, Higgins

Most Magnificent Thing by Ahley Spires

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Feared Scientist by Jess Keating and Marta Alvarez Miguens

Thunder Boy, Jr by Sherman Alexi and Yuri Morales

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds

Not able to get a copy of a book? Here are video read alouds of the picture books!



Check out the 16 novels that were picked to go with the theme of "Compelling Characters" and then help decide which book will be the winner!


You can download a printable bracket at:

Below is a listing of the chosen Middle Grades Novels in case you can't clearly see the book images above.

Clayton Bird Goes Underground by Rita Garcia-Williams

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Finding Mighty by Sheela Charli

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

How to Steal A Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks and Jordan Bellaire

Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Restart by Gordon Korman

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate


Where CAN I see p.s.196Q Voting results?

Right here! PS 196Q voting results will also be posted on the BRACKETS WALL outside of the library.


Where CAN I see the worldwide results?

Results of WORLDWIDE voting (and corresponding brackets) can be viewed on the following websites:

  • WORLDWIDE Picture Book Tournament Bracket:

May the best books win!!