The NCAA Championship is over, but you can read on...

10:29 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Can you believe it--no more college basketball? If you're like many out there and don't know what else to do- remember, if you can't watch it, why not read about it?

Mascot Books offers your favorite collegiate mascots in their own hardcover books as they tour your favorite campuses.

With 150 (and counting) books on the market and 1,000,000 books sold to date, Mascot Books continues to add more teams and organizations to their roster. Not sure they have your team? Visit their website to find out!

Did you know Mascot Books® also has an Elementary School program that creates customized children’s books for public and private elementary schools all across America? By providing a little info, you can have a school-specific story line and illustrations in a hardcover book that can be used to promote reading, build school spirit, and raise money! Visit the official Mascot Books website for more info.

Looks like School Library Journal is Getting in the Game with a little Book Bracketology. Great minds think alike as SLJ just unveiled the Battle of the Books! School Library Journal's Battle of the (Kids') Books is a competition between 16 of the very best books for young people published in 2008, judged by some of the biggest names in children's books.

Check out the brackets in this pdf file.

My picks? Even though I haven't read all the books, I think I can still pick a winner. Read on...

Octavian Nothing, Vol. II vs. Ways to Live Forever

The Graveyard Book vs. The Trouble Begins at 8

Chains vs. Washington at Valley Forge

Here Lies Arthur vs. Tender Morsels (tough, since I haven't read either!)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks vs. We Are the Ship

The Hunger Games vs. The Porcupine Year

Graceling vs. The Underneath

The Lincolns vs. Nation

After completing my brackets, I have my baddest book of them all (aka: the winner) as We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson. What can I say--I'm a sucker for sports books, and I absolutely loved this book about Negro League Baseball. It's tough because the books are so different, but if you have to pick a winner, that's who I'm rolling with!

Who's your winner? Let us know in the comments below! (And don't forget to vote for your winner in our very own April Book Brawl!) (look in the right sidebar)
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  1. Donna M. McDine said... have the knack of always presenting the right book at the perfect time. Well done!

    Best wishes,

  2. Lori Calabrese said...

    Thanks, Donna!