Smackdown 2012: Dr. Seuss vs. Beatrix Potter

Illustrator BracketThis October, to celebrate election season and children’s book illustrators, Rochester Public Library (MN) Children’s Services staffer Jon Allen invited kids and their grown ups to VOTE FOR THE GREATEST CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR OF ALL TIME!

This was no easy task as staff had to first select 64 of the greatest illustrators (of all time) and as you can imagine, we all had varying opinions on the topic.

The tournament consisted of six rounds, with the final round ending on election day. Votes were tabulated weekly and the illustrators in the running were cut in half and a new voting form was made available. sweet 16 form (2)

Kids were updated on the tournament via a large bracket poster, so they could check in to see how their favorite illustrators were doing.Dr Seuss Wins (2) And in the end, after hundreds of votes, the winner was announced.

Looking for a way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal? Consider hosting a Children’s Illustrator Voting Tournament!

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