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The Lorax
Empowered by his win, the Lorax reminds you to consider your environmental impact.

 

The madness is finally over! We've pitted classics against newcomers and award-winners against adorable animals, but in the end, there can only be one winner. Now, after weeks of cutthroat contests and five adrenaline-soaked rounds of voting, we're ready to anoint a Picture Book March Madness Champion!

Taking home the gold medal is that cute little environmental crusader and mouthpiece for the trees (for the trees have no tongues), The Lorax! Despite being shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy, he handily overcame the terrible roars and gnashing teeth that fill the pages of Where the Wild Things Are. Max and his wooly followers will have to settle for silver this year.

Even when gold and silver fall out of reach, hunger for that third spot on the podium will always drive fierce competition in the athletes who remain; and in our race for the bronze, the medal went to the hungriest competitor of all, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Colorful congratulations to our little-newcomer-that-could, though, The Day the Crayons Quit—a classic in the making for sure!

We began this tournament with thirty-two beloved picture books, and they're all worth a read. Here's a complete list, broken down by category:
 
Caldecott Medalists
Enchanting Newcomers
Animal Tales
Colorful Classics

Did your favorite finish less than first? Did we fail to include it altogether? That's okay! Heap praise on it in the comments below, and share it with all the book-loving kiddos in your life, you picture book evangelist, you!

Congratulations to the Wildcats, and condolences to the Tar Heels. Now on to more important business! Which picture books will face off in our Championship? Our Final Four matches were too close to call for a while there, but the results are finally in. Despite his many legs and indefatigable track record, The Very Hungry Caterpillar couldn't keep up with Max and his Wild Things. We wish him well—he has a high-flying future ahead of him. The Lorax, meanwhile, out-colored and out-matched The Day the Crayons Quit, which is okay, because those crayons have been looking forward to a vacation for some time.

This means that Where the Wild Things Are will face off against The Lorax in this, the Championship Round. It's somehow fitting that our top Caldecott Medalist would have to contend with our most Colorful Classic. Who will triumph? And which remaining picture book will take home the bronze medal—The Very Hungry Caterpillar or The Day the Crayons Quit? These decisions are once again in your hands, gentle readers! Take a look at the brackets below and cast your votes in the embedded form.

Championship Matchup   Race for the Bronze
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So will it be Sendak or Seuss for the gold? And Carle or Jeffers for the bronze? Check back next week, when we'll crown the winners. If you're a big fan of The Lorax, our friends at Brightly have their own March Madness bracket going for Best Picture Book Character Ever, and that little Seussian conservationist is a finalist there, too! Check it out and cast your vote.
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