A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Baseball
Opening Day is here! In 2019, the Cincinnati Reds will be celebrating the 150th anniversary as America’s first professional baseball team. With Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, sitting practically in our backyard, paying tribute to books about America’s favorite pastime seems especially fitting! Our bases are loaded with a few good reads. No bloopers here, all are sure to be a home run!
New Baseball Books
Baseball Superstars 2019 by Jon Richards
From Aaron Judge to Joey Votto, facts and stats of more than 25 of baseball’s best players are included in this work. There’s even a “How Well Do You Know the MLB” quiz included.
Calling His Shot: Babe Ruth’s Legendary Home Run by Brandon Terrell, illus. by Eduardo Garcia
A legendary moment in sports history is brought to life in this graphic novel.
Cincinnati Reds by Katie Lajiness
Part of the MLB’s Greatest Teams series, this book covers the team’s history, memorable wins, star players, and important coaches.
Cincinnati Reds: Stars, Stats, History, and More! by K. C. Kelley
Root, root, root for the home team as you meet the top players, read stories of past and present, and check out all the key stats.
First Pitch by David Sabino, illus. by Charles Lehman
This book is part of the Ready to Read series for beginning readers. Children will learn about everything that happens before the first pitch thrown.
The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin by Audrey Vernick, illus. by Jennifer Bower
This is a biography of Max Patkin who dreamed of becoming a major league pitcher. An injury sidelined his career, but he was able to leave his mark on the sport in another way. For nearly 50 years he entertained spectators at minor league games by mimicking players and coaches and performing goofy dance moves. He was dubbed “The Clown Prince of Baseball.” The text is lively, and the cartoonish illustrations should provide lots of laughs.
Goodbye, Mr. Spalding by Jennifer Robin Barr
This chapter book is set in Philadelphia during the Great Depression. Unable to afford stadium tickets, a twelve-year-old boy and his best friend enjoy watching baseball games at Shibe Park, home of the Philadelphia Athletics, from the rooftops of the flat-roofed houses where they live. They attempt to stop a wall from being built that would block their view of the baseball field, but in doing so their friendship is put to the test.
Let’s Play Baseball by Ginger Swift, illus. by Zoe Waring
This toddler board book features sturdy flaps which reveal baseball words and surprises.
Let’s Play Baseball: Everything You Need to Know for Your First Practice by Susan Blackaby
From the gear to the field to the players, all the basics are included in this introduction to the sport. Lots of diagrams and color photographs are included.
Pro Baseball Records: A Guide for Every Fan by Matt Chandler
This is a comprehensive look at professional baseball records, including record highs and lows.
Stathead Baseball: How Data Changed the Sport by Eric Braun
Stats play a crucial role in the game today. In this book, learn what stats mean, how they come into play, and which stats matter most. A great book for fans of the game.
Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Terry Widener
This picture book biography pays tribute to one of the most colorful legends of the game. The larger than life illustrations capture his big personality. An author’s note at the end of the book provides additional information, and there is also a double-page spread of Berra’s stats.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Master of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”