First March Madness Read Aloud Bracket

When people think of March Madness, they most likely think about the popular college basketball tournament. But this March, Windward held its very own March Madness bracket...with read alouds! The idea for the read aloud tournament was suggested by WLS Teacher Kelly O’Neill, the books competing in the bracket were selected by WLS Librarian Joan Girardi, and Coordinators of Language Arts Jessica Sorna and Sarah Golden organized the effort across the lower schools.  

Over the span of three weeks, seven special guest readers joined Manhattan and Westchester Lower School students in Grades 1-4 during their read aloud period. Each special guest read a book to the group. After every two books, the students voted for their favorite story to ultimately select a March Madness Read Aloud Tournament champion for their campus. 

The following special guests participated in the tournament: 

  • Head of School Jamie Williamson read Splatter by Diane Alber 

  • Director of DEIB Romina Pacheco read Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty 

  • Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management Beth Foltman read Terrific by Jon Agee 

  • WLS Nurse Claudia Toledo read The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt 

  • MMS Assistant Division Head Jeremy Bletterman and WLS Assistant Division Head Amanda Rathbun read If Kids Ruled the World by Linda Bailey 

  • Director of Language Arts and Instruction Betsy Duffy read Blackout by John Rocco 

  • Head of WLS Alexis Pochna and MLS Assistant Division Head Lori Squillante read The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires 

  • Head of MLS and MMS Danny Kass read Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz 

  • Associate Head of School Jon Rosenshine read After the Fall by Dan Santat 

At the Manhattan Lower School, If Kids Ruled the World, read to the students by Mr. Bletterman, was the tournament champion. At the Westchester Lower School, the tournament champion was The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, which was read by Ms. Toledo.