March READING Madness! Hot
Think about helping your community encourage children to read by setting up a cute March Reading Madness Contest! Create a Bulletin Board with a Goal theme like a March Madness 'Book Bracket' board, showing the competing contenders as books in a certain age range. Color print outs of the book covers will help the competitors recognize their choices and make the board POP.
Although this is a "March Madness" themed event, logistically it probably works better as a year-long event, with a "Book of the Month" each month. The first two months will feature the first two books that square off in your March Reading Madness bracket! So after two months, those who have read the books can submit their votes for their favorite of the two, and you can announce the winner of the first round for that contest.
Check out this sample bracket:
Timing-wise, if you start in April to be prepared for the following March, you could have eight books over the course of the year, with a month break in between each first round battle. That will mean the last book will be read during February the following year and, therefore, ready for the last first round battle, followed by the semi finals and then finals! (The semi finals and finals can be done week after week, because hypothetically the kids will have read all the books by then.)
Here is the potential schedule:
|April||Book 1||October||Book 5|
|May||Book 2||November||Book 6|
|June||No Book - Vote on 2 prior books||December||No Book - Vote on 2 prior books|
|July||Book 3||January||Book 8|
|August||Book 4||February||Book 8|
|September||No Book - Vote on 2 prior books||March||No Book - Vote on 2 prior books. Plus, semi-finals and finals of bracket.|
For each voting round, give each level a short period of time to get back to you with anonymous votes of their favorite, and the winner moves onto the next round.
Simple entry cards can be created in word and printed out with fields Name, apartment #, contact info, Book Title Choice, etc, and an entry box set in front to drop them into. If you fear there could be dishonest entries, you could have a sign directing them to leave the votes in an entry box at the office.
At the end, everyone one who has submitted a vote entry wins a participation prize like bookmarks, and each vote gives the person an additional "entry" into a final raffle at the end of the year for the Grand Prize!
For the truly ambitious community, there could be several boards, with different age groups like Elementary Dr Seuss, Young Adult, and Adult.
The possibilities are endless!