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March Madness Picture Book Competition

In recognition of READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrated this year on March 2nd), we will be kicking off a month-long “joyful” read aloud challenge - MARCH MADNESS: PICTURE BOOK EDITION. The books had been carefully chosen to make our students smile and perhaps giggle a bit too. We are excited to introduce them to some new authors and books they might not choose to read themselves.

Over the course of the March Madness basketball season, the book competition will take place in bracket format. During this time, classes will read sixteen books, two at a time. After reading two, they will vote for their favorite one. Those most popular one will proceed to the next round in the bracket. Students will determine which book is Parkway’s winner which will be announced on Wednesday, April 8.

A special thank you goes out to the Marlow family whose generous donation has helped make this initiative possible!

March Madness Bracket


group of students seating on couches reading


Because every Parkway student has access to a global library on his/her own device, the role of our library has become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. The Learning Commons provides a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community. It brings together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs. Evolving from a combination library and computer lab into a full-service learning, research and project space, our 21st century Learning Commons will inspire students to construct new knowledge and meaning from the world around them.


Participation in Summer Reading directly impacts student achievement. Recent research confirms that students who do not read or engage in meaningful thinking activities can lose up to 30% of progress gained during their school year. The good news is that the research also shows that students who engage in reading books, discussing books, and participating in opportunities to have books read aloud or read- along counteracts any possible summer slide. Establishing a habit of lifelong reading early and nurturing it throughout our children’s school years is critical to a child’s success in life.

Summer Reading Resources for K-5 Students and Families

Access suggested book lists.

Access GPS ebooks through Overdrive.

Note: Overdrive App (SORA)

Username: firstname.lastname Password: initials+9-digit student ID (i.e. jm001067424)