The first battle is over, and sixteen beloved picture books have survived the fray! Many of the matchups were neck-and-neck up until last night's closing of the polls. A certain cookie-loving mouse out-hopped Frog and Toad across the finish line, while Are You My Mother
's baby bird just couldn't flap his little wings hard enough to keep up with Harold and his purple crayon. Other races weren't so close. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
slithered past the animals of Handa's Surprise
, who were too distracted by all that fruit to notice; and Maurice Sendak's beloved Wild Things leapt over The Little House
Gil delights in the world of The Snowy Day with his grammy, Pat Buller Pearson.
Lindsey Buller Maliekel, our Director of Education / Public Engagement, checked in with her three-year-old son, Gil, about his Round One favorites. "I love it so much," he said of The Snowy Day.
When asked why, he pointed at the bundled-up little boy and said, "Gil!"—proof, as Lindsey puts it, that all three-year-olds are a wee bit narcissistic. But, then, what kid wouldn't
dream of enjoying a vicarious snow day?
For her part, Lindsey admires The Snowy Day
for its artistry. "The illustrations are simple and epic simultaneously," she says. "They resonate with my own experience of childhood and with the experience I'm watching my sons having. I love them because there is a lot of room to create story and to attach the story to our own experiences."
Now it's time for the second round! How will Robert McCluskey's ducklings fare in the knee-deep drifts of The Snowy Day
? Will Dr. Seuss's ecological masterpiece suffer the same fate as Mr. McGregor's rabbit-ridden garden? The choice is yours to make. Examine the pairings in the bracket below, cast your votes in the embedded form, and spread the fever of March Madness to all your bookwormy Facebook friends!
Next week, we'll learn the identities of the Elite Eight, and we'll hear from yet another New Vic family about their favorite titles. Vote early, vote often!