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Find a Real Cinderella in your Brackets with March Book Madness

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If you’re looking for a real Cinderella in your bracket, the field is set for March Book Madness.

You won’t actually find Cinderella, but you will find Harry Potter and the Cat in the Hat.

Books are going up against each other, head to head, to see which one will win.

But more than that, it’s meant to be a fun way to encourage reading.

"We’ve had some kids come by and say, ‘I’m going to pick one of these to check out,’ so it’s working," said Nate Balcom, integration specialist at Starr Elementary.

Kids are even arguing about which books are best.

Balcom said, "It’s definitely sparked conversation with the books too."

The idea started with Balcom a few years ago. He shared it on Twitter and it has spread quickly. Other teachers have gotten involved as well, with one Omaha teacher recording audio summaries of each match-up for students to listen to.

Nearly 3,000 kids in 13 states are taking part, from California to Massachusetts.

A preliminary round of votes determined which books to include, Balcom said. Now people are voting on his website to determine who will move through each pairing in the brackets.

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