We Are The Ship

WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of Negro League Baseball  By: Kadir Nelson, Paintings by Kadir Nelson; Jump at the Sun Hyperion; 2008 Picture Book format, 88 pp, Historical Fiction, Middle Elementary to Adult, includes Foreword by Hank Aaron, lists of Negro Leaguers who made it to the Major Leagues & National Baseball Hall of Fame, […]

The William Hoy Story

THE WILLIAM HOY STORY: How a Deaf Player Changed the Game By Nancy Churnin, Illustrated by Jez Tuya; Albert Whitman & Co.; 2016 Picture Book, Juvenile Non-Fiction, biography, Includes “More About William Hoy” and “Timeline” for extra information. This review is compatible with another review, Silent Star. Click here to read it! Dreams do come true. […]

Silent Star

SILENT STAR: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy By Bill Wise, Illustrated by Adam Gustavson; Lee & Low; 2018; 40 pages Picture book, Intermediate Elementary and above, Non-fiction biography, Includes “Afterword” This review is compatible with another review, The William Hoy Story. Click here to read it!   Silent Star tells the story of William Hoy […]

Queen of the Diamond

QUEEN OF THE DIAMOND: The Lizzie Murphy Story Written and Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully; Farrar Straus Giroux, New York; 2015 Picture Book, Non-fiction, Biography, includes Author’s Note. Baseball, Women/Girls, Equality In 1900, everyone was playing baseball. Lizzie Murphy loved baseball and followed all the amateur teams in Warren, Rhode Island where she was born. Her brother, […]

Players In Pigtails

PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS By Shana Corey, Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon; Scholastic Press, New York; 2005 Picture Book, Historical fiction, Includes Author’s Note, Baseball, Women’s leagues, Legendary song   PLAY BALL! What pops into your mind when hear that? The crowd. The stadium. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Hot dogs. The crack of the bat. The announcer. […]

Mama Played Baseball

MAMA PLAYED BASEBALL By David Adler, Illustrated by Chris O’Leary; Gulliver Books; 2003 Picture Book, Historical fiction, Baseball, Gender, World War II, History   This heartwarming story is told by Mama’s daughter, Amy. Her dad has gone to fight in World War II and Mama must find a job. The one she finds is not […]

You Never Heard Of Sandy Koufax?!

YOU NEVER HEARD OF SANDY KOUFAX?! By Jonah Winter Illustrated by André Carrihlo; Dragonfly Books Reprint Edition; 2016 Picture Book, Non-fiction, Biography, Sidebars filled with statistics, includes Glossary of Baseball Terms, About the Author and Illustrator Written by Millie King who had the privilege of attending Dodger games and watching Sandy Koufax do his pitchers mound […]

Louis Sockalexis

LOUIS SOCKALEXIS: Native American Baseball Pioneer  By Bill Wise, Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth; Lee and Low Books Inc. New York, 2007 Picture Book, Non-fiction, Biography, Upper elementary and above, includes Afterword, Author’s Sources Baseball, American-Indian heritage Louis happened upon the game of baseball one day in 1884, while paddling down the river near his family home […]

Let Them Play

LET THEM PLAY By Margot Theis Raven, Illustrated by Chris Ellison; Sleeping Bear Press; 2005 Picture Book, Youth, Non-Fiction, includes Epilogue Margot Theis Raven and Chris Ellison team together to document this compelling story of the realities of living in segregated South Carolina in 1955 for this baseball team. Ellison uses his amazing watercolor paintings […]

The Kid From Diamond Street

THE KID FROM DIAMOND STREET: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton By Audrey Vernick, Illustrated by Steven Salerno; Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt; 2016 Picture Book, Juvenile Non-Fiction biography, Includes “A Note From the Author”  Edith Houghton was the youngest of ten children born into a Philadelphia family that lived on Diamond Street in 1912. She […]