We’ve decided to do brackets. I barely even know what a bracket is or how it works, but I gained a new respect for the drama that they bring to Basketball in March. Once my students gathered their choices and voted I was tasked with the challenge of matching books up and putting together the bracket. It was heart-wrenching. Sure, there were a few books on there I felt lukewarm about. But most of them…well most of them are much loved favorites.
I arranged and rearranged the books over and over. I tried to match up books that were book club books, whole class read aloud, and independent reading books. But this gave me sad pairings. The one and only Ivan vs. Because of Mr. Terupt! I wrung my hands and fretted over the brackets again. No matter the outcome I will feel a sad little wrench in my heart. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library vs. Walk Two Moons? UGH! It’s all in good fun of course.
This month will bring some drama and a little good-natured competition between books, in the end we will crown a champion. But the real champions are my students. Students who have the richness of reading lives to nominate such wonderful, wonderful titles to compete.