Tournament of Kids’ Books 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Tournament time.

March Madness season is upon us, and in a college basketball town that means one thing… Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, goes gaga for brackets and basketball.

In the children’s room of the Lawrence Public Library, it also means it’s time for the second annual  Tournament of Kids’ Books. The Tournament of Kids’ Books is when the most checked out kids’ books of the previous year face off, from the Sweet Sixteen to the Championship round, voted through by the kids of Lawrence throughout the month of March. It’s a fun way to feed off this bracket-crazy, basketball-loving good time.

Last year was the first year of Tournament of Kids’ Books and since it was such a success, we decided to do it again this year. Who can forget last year’s climax at the Winner’s Ceremony when KU basketball players, Jeff Whitey and Justin Wesley, announced the winner? We’re hoping (fingers crossed) they’ll be able join us again this year. There will be a raffle for prizes for those who vote. Some of the goodies include a bag of books provided by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, as well as advanced readers copies of the latest books from featured authors like Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda) and Jarrett Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady).

Now, are you ready to preview this year’s title contenders?

Here’s the opening round match-ups:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger VS Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch VS. Bone: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith

Dear Dumb Diary: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers by Jim Benton VS. Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Flat Stanley: The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Jeff Brown VS. Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne

Rainbow Fairies: India, the Moonstone Fairy by Daisy Meadows VS. Disney Fairies: Silvermist and the Ladybug Curse by Gail Herman

Stone Rabbit: BC Mambo by Erik Craddock VS Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit by Jarrett Krosoczka

Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Carnival Prize by David Adler VS. Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet by Kirk Scroggs

The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski  VS. Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool

That’s our Sweet Sixteen! Any predictions of who will come out victorious?

A printable bracket is available to download from the Lawrence Public Library’s website. And you can keep up with the progress of the tourney on the library’s Facebook and Twitter page.

For the love of books and basketball… Read and Rockchalk!


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