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Picture Book Brackets at the Library

Courtesy of Allen Public Library
Picture courtesy of Allen Public Library

It’s the time of the year for brackets – and we are hosting our own tournament to determine which picture book series is the favorite in our community. Our informal competition was organized by Sarah Davis, one of the Youth Service Librarians here at the Allen Public Library.

We started with the top popular children’s picture books according to circulation stats and didn’t allow for multiple books from the same series. The 16 books that came to the top were: Barbie & the Secret Door, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, We are in a Book (Elephant and Piggie), Thomas the Tank Engine, Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, Ella Bella Ballerina, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, Everything Goes on Land, Hug Machine, Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom, Pinkalicious, A Sister More Like Me (Disney’s Frozen), and Happy to be Healthy (Doc McStuffins).

Picture courtesy of Allen Public Library
Picture courtesy of Allen Public Library

Sarah created a large bracket on the large bulletin board in our Children’s Library. Any library patrons can vote by picking up a slip and circling the book they prefer. See the cream colored envelopes on the bulletin board? The kids would pick up the slips of paper out of those envelopes, cast their votes, and then put them in a voting box.

At the end of the first week, 489 people had voted and eight titles were eliminated from the board. Goodbye, Thomas! Good effort, Hug Machine! After the second week, there were four titles remaining: Elephant and Piggie, Pinkalicious, Pete the Cat and the Pigeon.

It’s the final week of our competition and can you guess which books are pitted against each other? We predicted this would happen: it’s Mo vs. Mo, Elephant and Piggie vs. the Pigeon. Which book will win? We’ll find out on Monday, March 28!

Picture courtesy of  Allen Public Library
Picture courtesy of
Allen Public Library

Which Mo Willems book would you vote for in our final competition?


  1. Rick

    So fun. We are doing a Seuss Madness project this month that is kind of similar.

    We launched it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday and have run a different round of competitions on a weekly basis (Round of 16: March 2-8; Round of 8: March 9-15; Semi-Finals: March 16-22; Finals: March 23-29).

    All voting is done online and publicized through our social media pages.

    This came together very quickly.. but we are hoping to expand it next year and maybe start working with our schools to broaden the reach.

  2. Holly

    I would vote for We Are in a Book. Hands down. I can’t wait to find out who wins the championship!

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