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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

March 2011



Mama Played Baseball

Mama Played Baseball

by David A. Adler, illustrated by Chris O'Leary


This is a simple story, told from a young girls perspective, about a mother that plays baseball during World War II. Beautifully written and illustrated-- this is a home run of a book!





How Baseball Works

How Baseball Works

by Keltie Thomas, illustrated by Greg Hall


From grand slams to sacrifice bunts, from the legends of the game to its hottest young stars, from the composition of the infield dirt to what puts the curve in a curveball, How Baseball Works delves into all aspects of America's favorite game. Its engaging, science-based approach gives fans young and old the inside scoop on how to throw a strike, find the sweet spot on a bat, read a home run pitch, decode stats, run the bases and chase down flies, choose the best bat, ball, and glove, and much more.










Spring Training

by Henry Horenstein

J 796.357 HOREN


Spring Training is filled with brilliant color action photos of baseball players and their fans. The accompanying text chronicles the players and coaches as they play exhibition games. The author states that the funny thing about spring training is that it takes place in winter. Although this book is geared to children aged 9-12, it has a wider appeal. Reading it can cause both children and grownups to start humming "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."






Baseball Treasures

Baseball Treasures

by Stephen Wong

J 796.357 WONG

Published in cooperation with the Smithsonian, this book features photos of some of baseball's rarest memorabilia-- bats used by Babe Ruth, a jersey worn by Hank Aaron, World Series championship trophies, and more. This book also allows you track the evolution of baseball's equipment by seeing photos of the ways that balls, bats, and gloves have changed through the years. A unique book for young baseball enthusiasts.








written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper


If you think a ball game at a stadium is simply a matter nine innings and a hot dog, you are in for a surprise. Come and join the players, coaches, vendors, reporters, umpires, groundskepers, and fans, and find out what really happens before- and after- the magic words "Play Ball!"





The Dog That Called the Pitch

The Dog That Called the Pitch

by Matt Christopher, illustrated by Daniel Vasconcellos



I must have read every Matt Christopher book written when I was younger. My favorites were always the ones about baseball. Christopher writes stories that will appeal to the young sports lover, but he also mixes in some small life lessons along the way.






 Casey at the Bat





Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888

by Ernest  Lawrence Thayer, illustrated by Christopher Bing



This classic poem of a mythical nineteenth century baseball star who strikes out in the ninth inning is an American treasure. Christopher Bing's illustrations, rendered as newsclippings and other ephemera pasted into an old scrapbook, received a Caldecott Honor in 2001.




We Are the Ship

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Kadir Nelson

J 796.357 NELSO


As long as there has been baseball in America, there have been African-American baseball players. Before Rube Foster, however, there was no organized professional baseball league to welcome them. Their stories, and the story of the Negro League itself, are told in this stunningly illustrated book that has enough facts, figures, and pure fascination to entertain even non-baseball fans.






Barnstormers: Game 1: Porkopolis

by Loren Long and Phil Bildner, illustrated by Loren Long



Taking place in the late 1800's, a ball that has strange powers helps 3 children and their travelling baseball team. The first in a series of 3.




Mummies Don't Coach Softball
by Debbie Dadey

Mr. Tuttle, the new coach of the Bailey Batters, is very clumsy and has to keep wrapping his injured limbs with bandages. Could he be the Mummy of Doom, looking for his stolen diamond. Another colorful Bailey School Kids adventure!




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