New Children’s Books about Baseball
My First Book of Baseball Mostly Everything Explained About the Game A Rookie Book Sports Illustrated Kids
Perfect for the preschool set, this is a gorgeous picture book that explains the basics baseball with simple text (so important that it’s not text dense!) and vibrant photos. A “rookie” cartoon kid on every page to share fun facts. I highly recommend it!
The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya
SO interesting — this story is about a man who was in major league baseball in late 1800s. The only problem? This man, William Hoy, was deaf. He could lip read but often players tried to trick him. So William Hoy taught the umpires hand signals so he could see the calls and improve his game.
Sports Illustrated Kids Baseball Then to Wow!
This is the kind of book that baseball loving kids will pour over, reading all the facts and sharing the illustrations and stats with friends. It’s cool, too — a combo of photos and fun layout and fonts!
The Kid From Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno
In a time when girls didn’t get to play sports, Edith excelled so much that she was playing on the only woman’s baseball team at ten years old — and got to play in Japan! Fantastic illustrations by Steven Salerno. (You might also like: Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick.)
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter & Andre Carrillo
Talented and shy Sandy Koufax pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was one of the only Jews in the league at that time and faced discrimination from other players. (You might also like: You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter.)
Ballpark Eats Recipes Inspired by America’s Baseball Stadiums (Sports Illustrated Kids) by Katrina Jorgensen
This mouth-watering recipe book takes us on a tour of the U.S. stadiums and area specialties. Each location boasts yummy foods and fascinating information about the stadium and team that plays there. You’ll find directions for making a Cuban Sandwich with Fried Plantains with the St. Petersburg’s stadium, Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, an expansion team. Or you might like the Cheddar-Bacon Stuffed Burger with Apple Pie-on-a-Stick from the Minneapolis Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The recipes look easy to read an follow and are accompanied by enticing photographs. You don’t even need to be a baseball fan to appreciate and enjoy the variety of game-day food ideas in this book.
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
Based on a real-life friendship, this story tells of the friendship between Jackie Robinson and his young next door neighbor, a Dodger fan named Steven Satlow, as told by Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson. Very well written and a great glimpse of this period of history as well as the man behind the legend.
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