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March 25, 2016

Picture Book March Madness: The Final Four

Welcome back to Picture Book March Madness! We've sorted the ballots and tallied the votes from Round Three's Elite Eight pairings. Who made the Final Four, you ask?

It was a brutal contest. Max and his Wild Things trounced The Snowy Day with 90% of the vote, seizing the title of Favorite Caldecott Medalist. For once, though, it's fair to say that the contenders in this category are all winners. The Day the Crayons Quit, meanwhile, has assumed the mantle of Most Enchanting Newcomer after garnering 82% of the vote in its matchup against Rosie Revere, Engineer. Could last week's enthusiastic endorsement of Oliver Jeffers' illustrations have tipped the scales? Maybe, but we never promised equal time.

Despite a strong showing when the polls opened, Corduroy was ultimately overtaken by The Hungry Little Caterpillar, who captured 61% of the vote to win the Animal Tales pennant. But the closest match by far was the clash for the Colorful Classics crown. The Giving Tree and The Lorax duked it out in a botanical battle for the ages, a green guerre d'escadre among devotees of Seuss and Silverstein. In the end, though no trees were left standing, The Lorax pulled ahead with 55% of the vote.

Now it's time for the Final Four to face off! Will it be a storied Medalist or a stalwart Animal tale? A debonair Newcomer or a dependable Classic? Examine the matchups in the bracket below, and cast your votes in the embedded form.

Caldecott Medalist   Enchanting Newcomer

Where the Wild Things Are




The Day The Crayons Quit

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Lorax

Animal Tale Colorful Classic

Will those sassy crayons scribble all over Where the Wild Things Are? Will The Lorax's message trump the Caterpillar's metamorphosis? Share this Final Four bracket with all the passionate readers in your life, and tune in again next week, when we'll announce the two final opponents. The Championship draws near!
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