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April 2003

Children’s Baseball Books

Easy Books

The cover of Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy by Phil Bildner

Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy
Phil Bildner
When the great Shoeless Joe Jackson goes into a hitting slump just before he is to start his minor league career, he asks a friend to make him a special bat to help him hit.

Home Run: The Story Of Babe Ruth
Robert Burleigh
Babe Ruth prepares to hit a home run.

Hooray For the Dandelion Warriors!
Bill Cosby
Little Bill and his teammates can’t agree on a name for their baseball team.

The Bat Boy & His Violin
Gavin Curtis
Reginald’s father recognizes the value of his son’s music when it inspires his team, which has the worst record in the Negro Leagues, to begin winning games.

Frank and Ernest Play Ball
Alexandra Day
Frank and Ernest, asked to manage a baseball team, rely on a baseball dictionary to learn the necessary language.

My Day at the Baseball Game: A Book about a Special Day
Heather Feldman
A boy and his father share a special day together by attending a baseball game.

Baseball Bob
William Joyce
Bob, the big green dinosaur, is thrilled when his hit helps his baseball team win the first game of the series.

Take Me out to the Ballgame
Jack Norworth
The lyrics of this popular song are superimposed on Alec Gillman’s illustrations of the Dodgers/Yankees World Series games played Ebbets Field in 1949.

My Lucky Hat
Kevin. O’Malley
When Kerfoffer, the hometown favorite, strikes out, Frank offers him his lucky hat to help him hit a home run

j Fiction

The cover of The Babe and I by David A. Adler

The Babe and I
David A. Adler
While selling papers during the Depression to help support his family, a boy meets the great Babe Ruth.

Bradley and the Billboard
Mame Farrell
When Bradley, a thirteen-year-old baseball hero, is pictured on the billboard near the ballpark, he must come to terms with his celebrity status.

Strike Two
Amy Koss Goldman
The local newspaper strike threatens to end the softball season, but Haley and her cousin Gwen enlist their teammates to show the adults the importance of compromise.

Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
Dan Gutman
Joey finds a valuable 1909 baseball card of Honus Wagner and travels back in time to meet him. This is the first book in the series where Joey travels through time using baseball cards.

About the B’nai Bagels
E. L. Konigsburg
Mark Setzer is embarrassed when his mother agrees to manage his Little League baseball team.

The Toilet Paper Tigers
Gordon Korman
Corey is upset when his Little League team’s new coach allows his twelve-year-old granddaughter to manage the team.

An Almost Perfect Game
Stephen Manes
At the last game of the season for a local minor league team, Jake suspects that his scorecard can control the outcome of the game.

The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues
Walter Dean Myers
While working for the Birmingham Black Barons in 1948, Biddy Owens keeps a journal about the team and its players, the racism they face both in the South and in the North, and his family’s disapproval of his dream to become a professional baseball player.

Barbara Park
Alex uses his sense of humor to cope with events on and off the baseball diamond.

Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship
Doreen Rappaport
A spectator describes the excitement as the final game of the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League goes into extra innings.

The Koufax Dilemma
Steven Schnur
When the opening game of his Little League season falls on Passover, Danny is unable to pitch, forcing him to think about the importance of his family and his religion.

Finding Buck McHenry
Alfred Slote
Jason is convinced that Mack Henry, the school’s janitor, is really Buck McHenry, the elusive player from the days of the Negro Baseball Leagues.

Bat 6
Virginia Euwer Wolff
A girls’ softball game is marred by one girl’s bigotry toward an Asian-American player in this story of a small Oregon town just after World War II.

j Nonfiction

The cover of Baseball by Rennay Craats

Louisville Slugger: The Making of a Baseball Bat
Jan Arnow
This photo essay describes how baseball bats are made for the Hillerich & Bradsby Company in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rennay Craats
j796.357 qC883 2001
One of the books in the “For the Love of Sports” series, this title describes a baseball game in simple words and illustrations.

My Baseball Book
j796.357 M995 2002
This board book provides a simple introduction to the game of baseball.

Game Day: Behind the Scenes At A Ballpark
Robert. Young
j796.357 qY75 1998
The various activities that take place behind the scenes before, during, and after a baseball game are described using a Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as an example.

The Girl Who Struck out Babe Ruth
Jean Patrick
j796.357092 M681Zp 2000
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell, a female professional baseball player who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in 1931.

Satchel Paige
Lesa Cline-Ransome
j796.357092 qP142Zc 2000
A biography of one of the best players of the game of baseball, who began his career in the Negro Baseball Leagues

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues
Patricia C. and Frederick McKissack
j796.357097 M158 1994
The history of baseball in the Negro Leagues and its great heroes, including Monte Irwin, Buck Leonard, and Cool Papa Bell, is presented in a readable text.

A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Sue Macy
j796.357640973 A416Zm 1993
The members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that existed from 1943 to1954 are profiled.

At The Crack Of The Bat: Baseball Poems
Compiled by Lillian Morrison
j811.0080355 A861 1992

Extra Innings: Baseball Poems
Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
j811.008036 qE96 1993

Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s Casey At The Bat: A Ballad Of The Republic Sung in the Year 1888
Ernest Lawrence Thayer, copiously and faithfully illustrated by Christopher Bing
j811.4 fT369c 2000

The Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems
Paul B. Janeczko
j811.54 qJ33t 1998