Amateurs and professional sports enthusiasts alike will devour these series on basketball, pro-wrestling, fishing, and more.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
WINTER, Jonah. Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet. illus. by C.F. Payne. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101933527.
Gr 2-5 –The cover image of a steely-eyed Mickey Mantle, bat aloft over his shoulder, sets the stage for an intimate look at the Hall of Famer. Mantle (1931–95) shattered records but struggled throughout his life to live up to expectations. (“Where Mickey came from, you had to be strong—tough, too.”) Mantle battled childhood injuries and illness, but […]
Unforgettable protagonists, narratives peppered with baseball action and atmosphere, and heart-stirring emotions make these recently released sports novels crackerjack reads.
Publisher’s description: Despite some teasing, being a biracial girl adopted by a white family didn’t used to bother Alex much. She was a stellar baseball player, just like her father—her baseball coach and a former pro athlete. All Alex wanted was to play ball forever. But after she meets Reggie, the first black guy who’s […]
Adult Books for Teens columnist Mark Flowers compares two recent biographies on the notorious baseball player, one of which has lots of appeal for teen readers.
As a new baseball season begins, the hopes of fans everywhere are flying high. This season’s promising line-up of middle-grade sports fiction is sure to please.
The weather! She has warmed here in NYC! The crocuses and daffodils and purple flowers that I can never identify are blooming in my front yard. The birds are singing and there are buds on the trees. Tis spring spring spring! To celebrate, we begin today with a poetic celebration of baseball (a very spring […]
These picture books examine groundbreaking baseball player Lizzie Murphy, the true story of the bear that inspired A.A. Milne’s classic “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, and a gorgeous, seasonal look at Jewish holidays.
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As per usual there are some Wild Things links I’d love to share today. Lemme see here . . . Well we got a real stunner of a review over at Chapter 16. That’s some good and gorgeous stuff going down there. Phil Nel called us “Punchy, lively, and carefully researched.” The blog The […]
Baseball season is on its way. The following baseball-themed selections are more than entertainment; they inspire students to hit their own home runs and to make the best of the strikes life throws their way.
This grand-slam lineup of titles about baseball illustrate why the sport is still America’s pastime.
Baseball season may be coming to an end, but a true fan’s enthusiasm for the sport never wanes. Reason enough to consider two new digital products for your iPad: Ryan Woodward’s Bottom of the Ninth and The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The first is an animated graphic novel, the second, a reference guide. Here’s what our reviewers had to say about these releases.