Local library celebrates National Reading Month in unique way

March Madness for reading

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU)--March is National Reading Month and the Traverse Area District Library has come up with a March Madness reading tournament to encourage kids to read.

"Its great. Its just so great," said Andy Schuck , youth coordinator for the Traverse Area District Library. "We have families that come in and you know they have all their favorites, and the kids will have their favorites, parents will have their favorites. You have these little fights that go on, friendly fights about favorite books and its just wonderful to see."

It works just like the March Madness for basketball with brackets.

It starts at 32 books and works it's way down to the final four books.

This week they are in the *Round of Sixteen*.

Both picture books for early kids and fiction books for young readers are included in the tournament.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to vote and you can vote for your favorite book by heading to the main library during business hours.

So far more than 100 people have voted.

For the picture book category the "Elephant and Piggie" series books by Mo Willems are leading.

In the Fiction division Harry Potter is in the lead.

The winning book will be announced on March 26th.

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