It’s March! Not only is it almost time for spring, it’s time for March Madness! While we are die-hard college football fans (Go Buckeyes!), we’re not all that into college hoops. To get my kids in on the fun of creating a bracket and experiencing some of the fun of March Madness, I decided to create a Picture Book Bracket Challenge.

32 books will be read, but only one will become our March Madness Picture Book Champion!

book bracket

Each day I will read a pair of stories to my children, and they will select the winner. You can check back in daily to see which books will be advancing to the Sweet 16, the Elite 8, the Final 4, and the Championship Round.

*For this year’s challenge, I selected 32 of my favorite picture books that are part of our home collection. While several of the stories are familiar to my children, I tried not to pick books that are current “bedtime story favorites.” The books were placed into pairs at random.

I hope you enjoy following along with our 2017 March Madness Picture Book Bracket Challenge. If you have a prediction on which book will take it all, please leave a comment with your prediction!!

Picture Book Bracket

Round 1: 32 Book Playoffs

The Book With No Pictures Vs. Duck For President

Winner: The Book With No Pictures

The Book with no pictures



Strega Nona Vs. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Winner: Strega Nona


Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Vs. The Enormous Potato

Winner: Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

ordinary mary


Gregory the Terrible Eater Vs. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Winner: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble



If You Give a Pig a Pancake Vs. The Snowy Day

Winner: The Snowy Day


The Funny Little Woman Vs. Miss Nelson is Missing

Winner: Miss Nelson is Missing



Horton Hears a Who Vs. Corduroy

Winner: Corduroy



Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Vs. The Patchwork Quilt

Winner: The Patchwork Quilt


Ferdinand Vs. George and Martha



Giraffes Can’t Dance Vs. Frederick



Honey Honey Lion Vs. A Pet for Fly Guy



The Kissing Hand Vs. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes



Doctor DeSoto Vs. Skippyjon Jones



Knuffle Bunny Vs. Curious George



Caps For Sale Vs. The Little House



Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Vs. Amelia Bedelia



The Sweet 16:


The Elite 8:


The Final Four: 


The Championship Round: