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And then there were eight. The results from the second round of voting are in, and it was a nail-biter. Instead of making way for ducklings, we should probably have made them some tiny flipper-shaped snowboots! The Snowy Day was just too much for them. The Giving Tree managed to erase Harold and the Purple Crayon from the running—a waxy chore—but The Day the Crayons Quit made up for it with their colorful victory over Elephant and Piggie. Meanwhile, The Very Hungry Caterpillar gobbled up the mouse and his cookie, and The Lorax out-witted The Tale of Peter Rabbit. That, or bunnies are allergic to Grickle-grass.

Lilaia Kairis, our Director of Digital Services, sat down with her five-year-old son, Nico, to find out which Round Two winner he'll be rooting for in Round Three.


Nico smiles while reading The Day the Crayons Quit
Ready for bed in his rocketship pajamas, Nico reads aloud from his March Madness pick, The Day the Crayons Quit.
"I like all the books that I have," he said, feigning impartiality. Despite having read The Very Hungry Caterpillar "a hundred times" and chuckling with amusement at the memory of Corduroy's escalator-ride, his favorite seems to be The Day the Crayons Quit. "It's funny, and I love it!" he exclaimed, before giggle-reading the whole thing using distinct voices for each crayon. Nico also heartily recommends its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home

"Even though we've read it countless times now, it still makes him laugh out loud," says Lilaia. "What's better than that?" Of Oliver Jeffers' illustrations, Lilaia extols their ability to support the story and convey character. "They really make you feel like you're seeing Duncan's artwork and getting to know him a little bit." Sentient crayons aside, it's also a relatable story. "In our house, some crayons are definitely more overworked than others, so a lot of the humor rings true for us!"

Are you ready for the third round of voting? We're down to the Elite Eight—it's time to declare a winner in each conference. Which Caldecott Medalist will shine brightest? Which Animal Tale will roar loudest? Which is the most Colorful Classic? And which Enchanting Newcomer will bind us in its spell? Examine the matchups in the bracket below, and cast your votes in the embedded form.


Caldecott Medalists   Enchanting Newcomers

The Snowy Day




The Day The Crayons Quit

Where the Wild Things Are

Rosie Revere, Engineer




The Lorax

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Giving Tree

Animal Tales Colorful Classics

Cast your vote and share the bracket far and wide. By this time next week, we'll know the identities of the Final Four! See you then.

The Tuskegee Airmen, whose story of courage and resilience is currently being brought to life on the New Victory stage in Fly, were the first African American military aviators in U.S. history. The airmen faced tremendous prejudice and skepticism from their own government—our nation and military were still segregated at the time, and the War Department of the United States had in 1925 decreed that black men were mentally incapable of operating aircraft. Overcoming these prejudices and proving their determination and worth as pilots and military men—as citizens—became part of the cause of the war for them. They fought for what they called Double Victory—victory over America's enemies abroad, and victory over American segregation at home.

Between 1942 and 1946, 992 pilots trained at Moton Field at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The airfield and training facilities are now a National Historic Site, and Phoebe and Genevieve, two young New Vic correspondents ages 10 and 11, recently visited it during a family vacation. They took plenty of photos and wrote up an account of their trip for us. Take a look!

Genevieve and Phoebe at the Tuskegee Airmen National History Site
Hi! This is Phoebe and Genevieve, and we just visited the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. It was really cool!
Genevieve and Phoebe crouch in front of a trainer plane with their arms outstretched
We saw two trainers—planes that were used to train the pilots. The seat in the back was for the flight instructor.
Genevieve and Phoebe try on oversized military uniforms
We got to try on the uniforms the pilots wore. They were a little big.
Genevieve and Phoebe explore materials in a reading room
We visited a room in which the pilots studied aircraft silhouettes and caught up on wartime news.
Genevieve and Phoebe try to fold parachutes
We tried to fold parachutes, which is way harder than it sounds.
A map of the lower 48 states labeled with the number of airmen who originated from each
We saw a map that indicated what parts of the country the airmen hailed from.
Genevieve and Phoebe stand dwarfed beneath a red-tailed aircraft suspended from the ceiling
We also saw a red-tailed plane that was flown in battle!
Genevieve and Phoebe overlook the Tuskegee Airmen National History Site
These amazing pilots changed our country and are still remembered and honored today.
Big thanks to Phoebe and Genevieve for sharing all they saw and learned! If long car rides aren't your thing, visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site's website for videos, exhibits and more—a virtual journey through African American military history.

Catch the uplifting story of Fly at the New Vic through Sunday, March 27. To learn more about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, check out our Family Activity for Fly. And if you're planning on attending the 3pm performance this Sunday, March 20, remember to stay afterwards for the Talk-Back!
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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