The LA Dodger

BALLPARK MYSTERIES #3: The L.A. DODGER By David A. Kelly; Illustrated by Mark Meyers; Random House Books for Young Readers; 2011 This review was written by 7 year old guest reviewer Thatcher Morgan. Thank you Thatcher!  In the book, The L.A. Dodger, by David A. Kelly, Kate and Mike travel to L.A. to visit Kate’s […]

Jackie Mitchell

JACKIE MITCHELL: Baseball Player By Kaye Sharbono, Illustrated by Mimi Powers; Modern Curriculum Press; 1995 Contains a glossary for more advanced words If you’re interested in learning more about Jackie Mitchell than just her famous outing against the New York Yankees, which you can read all about in our review of ” The Girl Who Struck Out […]

In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

IN THE YEAR OF THE BOAR AND JACKIE ROBINSON Written By: Bette Bao Lord, Illustrated by Marc Simont; Harper Collins; 1984 Children’s Novel, Historical Fiction Shirley Temple Wong was not born “Shirley Temple Wong.” When we first meet her in Chapter 1, on page 1, she is called “Sixth Cousin.” As the story goes on, […]

Christmas In Cooperstown

CHRISTMAS IN COOPERSTOWN By David A. Kelly, Illustrated by Mark Meyers; Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated Edition; 2017 We wish you an extra inning. We wish you an extra inning. We wish you an extra inning. And a leadoff home run! In David A. Kelly’s book, Christmas at Cooperstown, cousins Mike and Kate […]

Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guide: Baseball

BASEBALL: Celebrate America’s national pastime in pictures; the history, the heroes, the gear, and the games By James Kelley; Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff; 2000 The Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guide Baseball provides wonderful and quick snapshots to perk the curiosity of fans of all ages. From baseball’s beginnings, the history behind the development of the gear worn […]

Catching The Moon

CATCHING THE MOON: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream By: Crystal Hubbard, Illustrated by Randy Duburke; Lee & Low Books; 2010 Marcenia Lyle loved baseball. Those 4 words introduce readers to a young African American girl who thought there wasn’t anything better than baseball. In 1930 St. Louis, Marcenia played baseball with all […]

The Bat Boy and his Violin

THE BAT BOY AND HIS VIOLIN  By Gavin Curtis, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis; Aladdin; 2001 Reginald loves to play his violin. His father is the manager of the Dukes, the worst team in the Negro National League in 1948 after Jackie Robinson went over to play for the white teams. Gavin Curtis’ book shares […]

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 […]

Hank Aaron – Brave in Every Way

BRAVE IN EVERY WAY  By Peter Golenbock Illustrated by Paul Lee; HMH Books for Young Readers; 2005 Hank Aaron-Brave in Every Way is another wonderful biography from Peter Golenbock. It is beautifully written for young readers to understand and appreciate the life of Hank Aaron, and the vivid illustrations give readers strong images to enhance […]

The Triple Play Twins

BALL PARK MYSTERIES #17: TRIPLE PLAY TWINS  By David A. Kelly; Illustrated by Mark Meyers; Random House Books for Young Readers; 2021 This review was written by our volunteer Stacie Nelson David A Kelly’s latest Ballpark Mystery The Triple Play Twins is an exciting adventure featuring cousins Mike and Kate. Kate’s mom is in Minneapolis to […]