It's Book Madness Time at the Library!

Grab your brackets and a pencil (or pen, if you're feeling lucky) -- it's Book Madness time at ICPL! book-madness

Visit our display on the Library's first floor to see which titles will face off in this year's literary competition. Be sure to pick up a bracket! Anyone who returns their bracket by March 5 is in the running for a $25 gift certificate to Prairie Lights! (We'll have two winners; one in the Children's bracket and another in the Teens and Adults bracket).

Beginning March 6, you can vote for your favorite title in our Book Madness brackets. To start, we have 64 titles in four categories. Submit a vote for your favorite(s) – if you want to vote for just one book, you can, or you can choose 32 titles to move forward in the first round; it’s up to you! – and watch as the titles progress.

Here are the voting dates to remember:

  • First Round: March 6 through March 12
  • Second Round: March 13 through March 19
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 20 through March 26
  • Elite 8: March 27 through April 2
  • Final 4: April 3 through April 9
  • Championship Game: April 10 through April 16

The winning book in each bracket will be announced on Monday, April 17.

Here's a list of this year's books. Who do you think will win it all?


Banned Books

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  • George by Alex Gino
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • It’s a Book by Lane Smith

Best Book Artists

  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Rosemary Wells
  • Jan Brett
  • LeUyen Pham
  • Mo Willems
  • Eric Carle
  • Tomie dePaola
  • Sandra Boynton
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Jerry Pinkney
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Graeme Base
  • Jon Klassen
  • Brian Selznick
  • Pamela Zagarenski
  • Molly Idle

Forgotten Classics

  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1) by Edward Eager
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • George and Martha by James Marshall
  • Higglety Pigglety Pop! by Maurice Sendak
  • Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

Series and Sequels

  • Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Galaxy Zack by Ray O'Ryan
  • Geronimo Stilton by Various Authors
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • American Girl by Various Authors
  • Who Was … by Various Authors
  • Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • How Do Dinosaurs… by Jane Yolen
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo


Dystopian Fiction

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  • The Children of Men by D. James
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown
  • The Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben H. Winters
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Graphic Novels and Comics

  • All Star Superman by Grant Morrison
  • Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  • Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Locke & Key by Joe Hill
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • March Trilogy by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
  • Epileptic by David B.
  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
  • Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • Peanut by Ayun Halliday
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Historical Fiction

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong
  • In The Woods by Tana French
  • Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  • Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
  • Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Baby Ganesh Agency series by Vaseem Khan
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith


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Hi--where are we supposed to place our votes?

Visit the display at the Library to place your votes!

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