Have you heard about it?
If you haven’t seen it, take a look. EW is running a YA book tournament of sorts!! Gee this takes me back to last spring, when I saw where another colleague, then an SLIS intern at neighboring Spartanburg High, was running a similar tournament. I shared it here February 27, and even had a comment form the inspiration, then USC-SLIS librarian intern Karen Meharg. Karen, now a full blown school librarian running a middle school library in the lower state of SC, allowed me to snag her idea and run with it.
What books make the cut?
We created our brackets, dubbing our sweet 16 top YA reads on raw circulation statisitics alone. EW has apparently consulted their staff to gather the books. Read about it here. They have pitted 64 books, very reflective of the NCAA College Basketball Tourney. I only did 16, as I wanted our tournament to be over by the end of March, and that gave me four weeks to whittle it down with student votes. I’m quite impressed with EW’s tournament. It is giving me some ideas on my own, which, yes, we plan to do again. One take-away I like is the putting together all books in a series. Yeah, I didn’t do that in my own library’s tourney, and we wound up having Hunger Games up against Catching Fire in our finals, with Hunger Games ultimately winning.
Our new, improved March Madness Plans…
How will I tweak or modify our March madness Tournament, which yes, IS on our horizon?
- Remove the reference to March, and extend it so we can include more books –maybe even 64.
- Create separate GENRE brackets! Many students were very vocal that the Graphic Novels were NOT represented. We do have a portion of our students who daily devour those graphic novels, so it is only fair to create a bracket for those books. I’m wonderng if I could do an all teen girls bracket and an all teen guys bracket? What suggested genres should I create a bracket for?
- Take it ONLINE! Our students are digital natives, so why not make our voting a click away? We’ll use Google Forms, QR Codes, and yes, even paper/pencil for our voters who prefer it that way. EW appears to be using Poll Daddy for their voting.
Thanks EW for helping me rethink my own high school’s spring book tournament. And hey, newsflash, your “Shelf Life” column has JUST made the cut for my RSS feeds!!! I really want to follow (and participate) and even better, get my high school’s teens in on the voting.
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