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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 with ease.
 

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!

Caldecott Medalists   Enchanting Newcomers

Make Way for Ducklings

 

 

 

Elephant & Piggie: We Are In A Book!

The Snowy Day

The Day The Crayons Quit

Madeline's Rescue

 

 

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Where the Wild Things Are

Waiting

Animal Tales Colorful Classics

Corduroy

 

 

The Lorax

Mr. Popper's Penguins

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

 

The Giving Tree

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Harold and the Purple Crayon




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!
 

March is here, and on our stage Adventure Theatre MTC is bringing their musical adaptation of Caps for Sale to life, monkeys and all! Last year, we pitted the greats of Kids' Lit against one another in a March Madness tournament, from which Peter Pan emerged victorious. This year, in honor of all the artful adaptations we've presented on the New Victory stage this season, we bring you Picture Book March Madness.

Illustrations enrich so many beloved storybooks, so it wasn't easy to narrow the pantheon of picture books down to a bracket of thirty-two. But we managed it somehow. This year, eight picture books from four conferences will face off, two-by-two, until a champion rises from the pile. Will it be a Caldecott Medalist, an Animal Tale, an Enchanting Newcomer or a Colorful Classic? Check out the bracket below to see the match-ups, then cast your votes in the embedded form.

Caldecott Medalists   Enchanting Newcomers

This Is Not My Hat

 

 

 

Elephant & Piggie: We Are In A Book!

Make Way for Ducklings

A Ball For Daisy

The Snowy Day

 

 

The Day The Crayons Quit

The Polar Express

Giraffes Can't Dance

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

 

 

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Madeline's Rescue

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Where the Wild Things Are

 

 

Waiting

The Little House

Peanut Butter & Cupcake!

 

 

Animal Tales Colorful Classics

Corduroy

 

 

The Lorax

Curious George

The Little Prince

Mr. Popper's Penguins

 

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Gruffalo

Caps for Sale

Handa's Surprise

 

 

The Giving Tree

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Goodnight Moon

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

 

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Are You My Mother?




Next week, we'll announce the winners of this round, along with some words of wisdom from some New Vic parents about why their kids love particular titles. Let the games begin!
 
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