Battle of the books

While March Madness is now down to the final four, thing are just heating up in Youth Services. Between now and April 8, come on up to the third floor, where you may vote in our “brackets” for the champion of the 2015 Battle of the Books. Our staff chose 32 of their favorite picture books, both classics and newer titles, and we’re putting them up for a vote.

Titles will be eliminated every few days similarly to brackets in the basketball tournament. Our first round of voting is Thursday, April 2. After this vote, 16 titles will remain, then eight, etc. In the end we’ll have one title, one book to rule them all!

It was a difficult task pairing up titles for voting. Would we put a newer book up against a tried and true favorite? Would two beloved titles cancel each other out? These were just some of the burning questions the Youth Services staff faced as we debated how we would structure this battle. In the end we took the logical approach and alphabetized them. Why wouldn’t we? We work in a library and we all like order.

There are no specific criteria for voting. You can vote for your favorite, your child’s favorite or your family’s favorite. Do like a particular illustrator’s style? Vote for that one. Perhaps a book with no pictures is more your style? Then vote for B.J Novack’s “The Book With No Pictures”.

Our brackets are up, the titles are chosen and the first ballot is available in the Youth Service department. Will it be “Froggy Gets Dressed”, “Pete the Cat” or “Where the Wild Things Are”? If you are in the library, be sure to stop upstairs and cast your vote. We will be awarding several lucky winners a picture book, and stay tuned for our big winner.

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