The concept of Book March Madness sprung forth from the collaboration of two teachers based in Ohio. Each Fall, the teachers pick 16 recently published books based upon a particular theme of their choosing for tournament competition. Bracket placement is done by drawing book titles out of a bowl.
Some schools conduct similar tournaments with their own twist. For example, the librarians may choose to pick their own 16 book titles. Or, instead of having books compete against each other, it may be books vs. their movie adaptations, or book villains vs. book heroines. No matter how the competition’s structured, all students are winners by being exposed to different book titles!