Baseball season started on March 22. Have you seen any games or played yet this season? If you haven’t already caught baseball fever, read some of today’s books and you’ll catch it for sure!
Pete the Cat: Play Ball! by James Dean
Pete the Cat plays baseball and although he’s not all that good at it, he still has fun. This is an I Can Read book.
Slugger by Susan Pearson, illustrated by David Slonim
Ollie is a slug who loves baseball. He really wants to be on his favorite team, the Creepy Crawlers, but slugs are not really built to hit, catch, and run. Never mind, Ollie is determined. I admit I’m a sucker for slug books since I read Slugs in Love by the same author.
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
This is a lucky boy—he gets to go to baseball games in America and in Japan. In America, he cheers for the Pigeons with his grandfather. In Japan, he cheers for the Cicadas with his other grandfather. This fun book is all about the love of baseball. Plus it teaches you some cool baseball lingo in two languages.
Good Night Baseball by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Christina Forshay (sorry, no link)
A boy and his dad attend a baseball game at their local stadium. They do all the basic baseball things and as they leave the boy says good night to the various parts of the stadium, like Good Night Moon. Cute!
Baseball Is… by Louise Borden, illustrated by Raúl Colón
This book goes to all the corners of baseball: the sound and feel, statistics, tension, victory, failure, history… It does it all with lively illustrations and poetic text. It is baseball.
The Technology of Baseball by Thomas K. Adamson (sorry, no link)
There’s baseball played for free time fun and there’s high-tech baseball that uses computers, sensors, accelerometers, and all sorts of other equipment. This book covers lots of what goes on both on the field and behind the scenes.
ABCs of Baseball by Peter Golenbock, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Like baseball but sometimes get confused about some of the terms? This book may be just what you are looking for. Each letter covers several terms with easy-to-understand definitions. Some terms are familiar, such as base, fly ball, and line drive. Others are ones I’ve less familiar, such as can of corn, hot corner, and Triple Crown.
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream by Crystal Hubbard, illustrated by Randy DuBurke
Marcenia Lyle loves baseball more than anything and is a really good player. All she wants is to grow up to be a professional ballplayer. But back in the 1930’s that was not anything that had ever happened before. This story follows her first big break toward achieving her dream. The back page tells the rest of her remarkable story.
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
Babe Ruth was one of baseball’s first legends. This wonderful story follows his early beginnings in a reform school (he got in lots of trouble as a kid) to becoming a truly great ballplayer. With large illustrations and beautifully written text, this would be an outstanding read aloud.
Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball by David A. Kelly, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez
I’m learning so much researching for this post! Before the 1930s, new baseballs were too smooth and shiny. Players tried all sorts of ways to take off the shine. Lena Blackburne was a professional player who figured out a way to solve the problem—he used his special mud. It’s still being used today!
Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
Kenichi Zenimura (Zeni) was an outstanding baseball player. When World War Two broke out, Zeni and his family were sent to an internment camp (a kind of prison) because they were considered possible spies, just because they were Japanese-American. While there, Zeni organized the people in the camp to create a baseball field. This true story is well told and illustrated.
You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener
This picture book tells the story of the great baseball player from the time he was a teenager to his stardom with the New York Giants. The author tells the story as if he was your uncle sitting with you and the illustrations have the feel of the ballpark on a summer day.
What do you like better, playing baseball or watching baseball? Write your preference in the Comments Box!