Literary March Madness: Vote for the Best Non-Human Book Character

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Date Posted:  2/28/2024

Literary March Madness takes over Deschutes Public Library during the month of March. Thirty-two non-human literary characters will face off in a head-to-head voting contest to see which one comes out on top. May the best non-human character win!

This March, the library welcomes a bracket-style tournament similar to the NCCA March Madness basketball tournament but with a bookish twist. Look for voting displays at library locations to cast your ballot, check back to see which literary characters advance to the next round, and vote again.

Adults and children are invited to help decide which two characters make it to the final round. Expect to see beloved children’s book characters as well as non-traditional characters like robots, elves, comic book characters and more. We’ve scoured the stacks for the best contenders, so vote for your favorites weekly!

How to participate: Beginning March 4, customers can visit Deschutes Pubic Library locations to fill out a voting ballot at the display. On Saturdays, votes are counted and new brackets will be posted showing the winners. There will be five elimination rounds with new ballots available each week. The top two vote-getters will face off in the championship round in early April.

Voting Schedule for Literary March Madness

  • Week 1 (March 4–9): First Round–32 characters
  • Week 2 (March 11–16): Second Round–16 characters
  • Week 3 (March 18–22): Third Round–8 characters
  • Week 4 (March 25–30): Fourth Round–4 characters
  • Week 5 (April 1–6): Championship Round–2 characters

Thirty-two Non-Human Book Character

  1. Treebeard (Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  2. Lorax (The Lorax by Dr. Seuss)
  3. Caterpillar (The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle)
  4. Moby Dick (Moby Dick by Herman Melville)
  5. Bambi (Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten)
  6. Marcellus (Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt)
  7. BFG ((The BFG-Big Friendly Giant) by Roald Dahl)
  8. Lowly the Worm (The Busy World of Richard Scarry by Richard Scarry)
  9. Paddington Bear (A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond)
  10. Velveteen Rabbit (The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams)
  11. Smaug (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  12. Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece Series)
  13. The Sorting Hat (Harry Potter series  by J.K. Rowling)
  14. Pete the Cat (Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin)
  15. Cheshire Cat (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)
  16. Sneaky Pie Brown (Sneaky Pie series by Rita Mae Brown)
  17. Groot (Marvel Comics)
  18. Garfield (Garfield by Jim Davis)
  19. Stuart Little (Stuart Little by E.B. White)
  20. Eeyore (Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne)
  21. Piggie (Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems)
  22. Hal-9000 (2001 Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
  23. Murderbot (The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells)
  24. Roz (The Wild Robot by Peter Brown)
  25. Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)
  26. Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis)
  27. Black Beauty (Black Beauty series by Anna Sewell)
  28. Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson)
  29. Six-Thirty (Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus)
  30. Marley (Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan)
  31. Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell)
  32. Nightblood (The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson)

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