The event snuck up on me as I had only learned about it after attending a technology conference at the end of February. After reading up on how to participate I decided to go for it even though our library didn't have all the books. I was a bit worried about this, but students watched the book trailers (good idea to include them on the site @TonyKeefer), I book talked a few and we read reviews too. It didn't matter at all that students didn't know about all the books, once they became attached to the book they thought should win, they were hooked.
When the winner was revealed on Wednesday, I had no idea I would see such enthusiasm. Students were either way bummed or totally excited to see the book they loved win. Check out the videos below. What fun to see kids get so excited about books!
March Book Madness (#MBM2016) inspired me to start a student library blog where students can blog about their favorite books and perhaps even post book trailers. We only have a couple of posts so far (we are still learning the basics of blogging), but you can check them out here.
March Book Madness will become a tradition at Walterville. Next year, I hope to get a hold of the book list earlier so I can be sure to have all the books in our library. I definitely appreciated that participating exposed students to new books and genres outside of their normal reading habits. Great idea Tony Keefer!