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March Book Madness engages elementary scholars

With March coming to a close, the excitement for reading among the scholars in Lafrancis Hardiman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Schools was amping up as they participated in March Book Madness. 

Inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, March Book Madness puts children's books against each other in a bracket-style competition. Throughout the month of March, students eagerly voted between books that won March Book Madness in the past and newly released children’s books - leading to unlikely matchups and lively discussions. 

"This event is not only about celebrating reading, but also about building a strong foundation for literacy and fostering important skills including critical thinking and communication," said Pamela Calandra, librarian and organizer of March Book Madness for both elementary schools. "Seeing the scholars’ enthusiasm and how they engage with each other as they discuss the books and authors in their brackets is excellent.” 

The monthlong event had scholars choosing books covering a range of genres and authors, exposing them to new stories and perspectives. Each time the scholars had library class, they would read the books on the bracket, discuss the different characters, themes and why they thought a book might win March Book Madness. Every Wednesday, the winners of the tournament rounds were announced and scholars found out which books made it to the next level. Each scholar with a correct guess on their bracket received a point.  

At the end of the month, those students with the greatest number of points and winning brackets received a book of their choice and the title of winner of March Book Madness.

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