Picture Books to Get Ready for March Madness!

Posted about 1 month ago by Lisa Wiertel


With Super Bowl LVIII now in the books and the opening day of baseball over a month away, it is time to get ready for March Madness!

March Madness is the annual NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament that first began in 1939.  The initial tournament consisted of 8 teams playing for the title.  Since 1985, the number of teams playing increased to its current 64.

The term “March Madness” was first coined in 1939 by Illinois high school official Henry V. Porter.  The NCAA tournament wasn’t referred to as March Madness until the 1982 tournament when it was used by sports announcer Brent Musberger during coverage.

This year’s tournament will start on March 19, 2024, with teams vying to become this year’s champion.  The championship game will be played on April 8th.

To get your young reader in the basketball mood for March Madness, some picture book titles are below that can be read and shared together. You can click the picture to view it in our catalog and place a hold today!

(Source: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2023-03-08/march-madness-history-comprehensive-guide-mens-tournament)

Lisa Wiertel

Lisa Wiertel is a Youth Services Associate working out of the Main Library. She is a native of Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!), but Virginia has been home for a long time. She is a mixed media artist, long distance hiker, and a nature lover. She loves books where she can explore her love of history that also challenge her way of thinking.

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