March Book Madness was created by two teachers in Ohio and offered it to the rest of the world. Over the last few years our 1st through 3rd grade classes have participated in the project which promotes reading what are termed, “Great books” for younger students.

March Book Madness is an online bracket-style tournament that matches books in one-on-one "competition" to determine which of the 16 books is deemed the best by all students involved.   Assumption’s 1st through 3rd grade have 6 classrooms of students.  There are 16 books, called “picture books” because there are words and pictures in each.  Teachers work together to determine the dates for each of the books to be read – so, for example, on Monday, March 15, all students would read Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Nabigal-Nayagam Haider Ali,  On March 16, all students (or the teacher will read to the students) would read Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin.  Now, here’s where the competition comes in --- all students talk about the books and then vote on which of the two books was the best and the winner moves to the next bracket.

With schools throughout the world reading the same 16 books, it opens opportunities for schools to connect through the internet – sharing conversations with other students in schools in our own neighborhood or in Timbuktu!  However, Assumption uses the 6 classrooms of students to share ideas with one another and as a group, ultimately decide the BEST book of 2021 March Book Madness.  The Assumption chosen “BEST book for 2020” was The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Below are the list of books for this age group in 2021.  You can also go to

  One of the 2021 Book Selections

2021 March Madness Books (ages 6-8)

* Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Nabigal-Nayagam Haider Ali
* Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin 
* Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
* Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
* Hands Up! by Breanna McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W Evans
* How to Solve a Problem by Ashima Shiraishi, illustrated by Yao Xiao
* I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gorden C James
* Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
* Pacho Nacho By Silvia Lopez, Illustrated by Pablo Pino
* Soaked! By Abi Cushman
* The Camping Trip by Jennifer K Mann
* The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by Oge Mora
* The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta, illustrated by Frank Morrison
* We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
* You Matter By Christian Robinson
* Your Place in The Universe By Jason Chin

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