2017 March Madness Book Bracket

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It’s time to start thinking about getting your March Madness Book Bracket started! This year I am doing a fiction vs. non-fiction book challenge with my third graders. I have created a 27 page PDF including a bulletin board title “2017 March Madness Book Bracket”, place holders for Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4, 2 championship games, the 2017 Best Book winner, and a few blank bracket options. I also created a black and white options for educators that don’t have access to a color printer. Get your 2017 March Madness Bracket packet here.


Here are the 16 books I have chosen to do with my students. I have selected 8 fiction books and 8 non-fiction books. I decided to choose books that I already own or that are easily bought from Scholastic.


Zombie Chasers

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Love, Splat

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916

The Great Fuzz Frenzy

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

The Book with No Pictures

The Three Ninja Pigs


Who Would Win: Ultimate Bug Rumble

Martin’s Big Words 

Duke Ellington


Pink is for Blobfish

The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System

Ellis Island

You can pick any books that you would like. Enjoy!



  1. Jen

    Do you read aloud the books and then have them vote? Do you have specific criteria?

    • ckeyser22

      Most of the books I read aloud to the entire class and I try to incorporate a lesson to go along with the book. Then some of the books are assigned as small group book studies. By voting time, all of the students in my classroom have read all of the books on our list. Then as we vote and get closer to the winner, we recap and do summary or compare and contrast lessons on the books to help hit some of our Common Core Standards.

  2. Bethany

    Can you give me detailed instructions on how this works? Do all the kids read the same book or do you put them in groups them choose a book(team) and that is the book they read.

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