Friday, May 23, 2014

Fill Out Your Picture Book Bracket!

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It's here!  The picture book bracket is finally ready and waiting for you to fill it out =)  I had so much fun looking up all the books you recommended and picking the 64 that I thought were most deserving of being in the bracket.  It was definitely hard to choose.  Some of the books were a little more baby/toddler and other were more early read books.  I tried to pick similar levels of books for the bracket.  If this goes well and lots of you participate, then maybe we could do another one with a different level of books!

Also, I tried not to overwhelm the bracket with any one author, so sometimes I put (and others) next to the name of a book.  If you have a favorite that is not on the list, you can consider it with the (and others) of the author =)  Hey, maybe a favorite children's book authors (or illustrators!) bracket would be fun!

Anyways, are you ready to hear what you need to do to participate?

Greatest Picture Book Bracket Instructions

  1. Download the Bracket - It will open in Google Docs and then you can download it as a Word file.
  2. Fill out the Bracket - Look over all the books (check out the second page to see the whole list in a little bigger font and with their authors)  and then fill in which you think will win each vote.  You can type your pics right into the bracket.
  3. Save your bracket (preferably as a PDF) with your full name at the beginning of the file name so I know whose if whose! Then email it to me (my email address is in the bracket document).
  4. Each week we will vote on a whole round of face-offs (the 1st week will be 32 votes, 2nd week 16, etc.) until we get to a winner.
  5. I will score the brackets, but you can keep track of your own score too!  Scoring will be as follows: round 1 (1pt each), round 2 (2pts), round 3 (3 pts), round 4 (4 pts), round 5 (5pts), winner (6 pts) 
  6. The person with the most points at the end will win a $35 giftcard!

 Voting will begin on Thursday, May 29th, so have your brackets in by Wednesday the 28th for maximum possible points! (You can turn them in late, but you will miss the points on any rounds that have already been voted on).

The voting will be open to everyone, but you will only be able to win the gift card it you fill out and turn in a bracket!  I was thinking of making the prize the final four books, but then I thought I would just let you pick out your own books =)  Then, I thought $35 would be good so that you would be able to get free shipping (for those of you who don't have amazon prime, like me!)

Download the Greatest Picture Book Bracket

Here are the books that are in the running!  Make sure to take a peek at any that you aren't familiar with. (These are affiliate links, by the way. Maybe I can add some extra prizes if my amazon commissions go up because of these links =)

1-     Curious George books by: H.A. Rey                                                                  
2-     We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by: Oxenbury & Rosen                                
3-     Little Critter books by: Mercer Mayer                                                        
4-     Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by: Martin & Carle                      
5-     Little Mommy (& other Little Golden Books) by: Sharon Kane               
6-     Jamberry by: Bruce Degen                                                                          
7-     Berenstain Bears books by: Stan and Jan Berenstain                              
8-     Duck on a Bike by: David Shannon                                                             
9-     If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by: Laura Numeroff                                               
10-  The Frances books by: Russell Hoban                                                      
11-  Goodnight Moon by: Margaret Wise Brown                                             
12-  Three Little Kittens by: Paul Galdone                                                        
13-  Horton Hears a Who by: Dr. Seuss                                                                        
14-  Corduroy books by: Don Freeman                                                                        
15-  Green Eggs and Ham by: Dr. Seuss                                                                        
16- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle                                                           
17- The Cat in the Hat by: Dr. Seuss                                                                 
18- The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by: Swift              
19- Madeline by: Ludwig Bemelmans                                                              
20- The Story of Ferdinand by: Munro Leaf                                                    
22- Angus and the Ducks (and others) by: Marjorie Flack                            
23- Blueberries for Sal by: Robert McCloskey                                                            
24- Katy and the Big Snow by: Virginia Lee Burton                                       
25- The Little House by: Virginia Lee Burton                                                 
26- Make Way for Ducklings by: Robert McCloskey                                       
27- Miss Spider’s Tea Party by: David Kirk                                                     
28- Katy No-Pocket by: Emmy Payne                                                               
29- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by: Virginia Lee Burton                
30- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by: Beatrix Potter                                             
31- The Mole Sisters Books by: Roslyn Schwartz                                           
32- The Story About Ping by: Marjorie Flack                                                   
33 – Norman the Doorman by: Don Freeman
34 – Caps for Sale by: Esphyr Slobodkina
35 – Always Room for One More by: Sorche Nic Leodhas
36 – Harry the Dirty Dog by: Gene Zion
37 – Harold and the Purple Crayon by: Crockett Johnson
38 – Dandelion by: Don Freeman
39 – Are You My Mother? by: P.D. Eastman
40 – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by: William Steig
41 – Miss Rumphius by: Barbara Cooney
42 – The Seven Silly Eaters by: Mary Ann Hoberman
43 – Lentil by: Robert McCloskey
44 – The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats
45 – When the Wind Stops – Charlotte Zolotow
46 – Amos & Boris by: William Steig
47 – Doctor De Soto by: William Steig
48 – Town Mouse, Country Mouse by: Jan Brett
49 – The Mitten by: Jan Brett
51 – The Doorbell Rang by: Pat Hutchins
53 – Church Mouse books by: Graham Oakley
54 – The Emperor’s New Clothes by: Hans Christian Anderson
55 – The Little Engine that Could by: Watty Piper
56 – Where the Wild Things Are by: Maurice Sendak
57 – The Biggest Bear by: Lynd Ward
58 – Emily by: Michael Bedard
60 – The Little Red Hen (and others) by: Paul Galdone         
61 – Little Toot by: Hardie Gramatky 
62 – Stone Soup by: Marcia Brown 
63 – Ask Mr. Bear by: Marjorie Flack
64 – Roxaboxen by: Alice McLerran  

Well there you have it!  Are some of your favorites on the list?  I hope so!

Download the Greatest Picture Book Bracket


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  1. What a fun idea! We love picture books!

  2. How fun! I've downloaded - now to fill it out!

    Sorry for my double post on the original post. Computer wasn't feeling cooperative that day and I didn't realize the first went through. Sorry if that threw anything off!


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