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 […]

The 34 Ton Bat

THE 34-TON BAT: The story of baseball as told through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jock Straps, Eye Black and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects  By Steve Rushin; Little, Brown and Company; 2013 Written by our volunteer Stacie Nelson! This is a fun and entertaining book that explores lesser known facts in the history of America’s pastime. It […]

The Team That Changed Baseball

THE TEAM THAT CHANGED BASEBALL: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates By Bruce Markusen; Westholme Publishing; 2006 This review was written by our dedicated volunteer Jim Slade. If you love baseball history like I do, this book is a ‘must read’ for you! You don’t have to be a Pirates fan or a National League fan. The […]