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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

In early Februrary, pitchers and catchers were called in to begin their spring training. Now as we count down the days to opening day on April 1st, wanted to provide you all with a list of books to get you hyped for this sumemr's baseball season! Peruse the new books out this and see if you find one fit for the baseball season. Suh-WING Battah Battah!

The Journal of Biddy Owens, the Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948 by Walter Dean Myers - Historical Fiction


Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. However, in 1948 most black players can only play for the Negro Leagues. Can Biddy prove he's good enough to be part of the game his loves, no matter what color his skin is?

There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares - Biography

A lively picture book biography of Ted Williams from Matt Tavares --- just in time for Fenway Park's centennial.

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares - Biography

Matt Tavares's homage to one of baseball's legends offers a rare view into Babe Ruth's formative years in "the House that built Ruth."

Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon - Sports


YAKS YAK presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names. Illustrations rich in comic details show hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other spirited creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same. A chart listing the words, their meanings, and their history is included. Ideal for sharing, this book offers a sprightly and fanciful introduction to a fun form of wordplay.

Ballpark Mysteries #6: The Wrigley Riddle Written by David A. Kelly and illustrated by Mark Meyers - Sports


Ivy-covered walls --- they're the most famous part of the Chicago Cubs' historic ballpark, Wrigley Field. Mike and Kate can't wait to get down on the field to see the ivy for themselves. But when they do, they're horrified to discover patches of the ivy have been ripped away! Who would want to sabotage the stadium? Is the rumor of a treasure hidden under the ivy tempting greedy fans?

Jackie Robinson: American Hero by Sharon Robinson - Sports


As the first black man to play major league baseball, his progress monumentally influenced the desegregation of baseball. Because of this, Robinson became an icon for not only the sport of baseball, but also for the civil -rights movement. Featuring photos throughout, this biography will be a sports tale and a history lesson.

Force Out by Tim Green - Sports


Joey and Zach have always been best friends --- they are also two of the best baseball players in their league and shoo-ins for the all-star team at the end of the season. They'll help each other get on that team, even if it means going through with a risky plan to bail one of them out of a jam. When the friends find out there is only one spot open, best friends become greatest rivals.

A Topps League Story: Book Six: Batter Up! by Kurtis Scaletta and Ethen Beavers - Juvenile Fiction


Diego Prado has spent most of his time on the Pines’ bench. But when Danny O’Brien goes on the disabled list, Diego gets a chance to play --- and he’s on a winning streak! Danny wants one of Chad’s “magic” baseball cards to get back in the game. Diego wants to keep playing. What’s a batboy to do?

The Dog That Pitched a No-Hitter by Matt Christopher and Daniel Vasconcellos - Picture book
Mike has a special relationship with his dog, Harry. They can read each other's minds! Harry is able to help Mike out with tips about the opposing players on the baseball field, but Mike's having trouble with his pitches --- and the buddies need to work together to save the game!
A Topps League Story: Book Five: You're Out! by Kurtis Scaletta and Ethen Beavers - Juvenile Fiction


Umpire Solomon Johnson is squeezing the strike zone and throws out both the Pine City Porcupines starting pitcher and manager "Grumps" Humphrey for arguing the call. Chad tries to make peace by giving Solomon a rarely issued "umpire card" --- but the ump blows his top. He thinks Chad is making fun of his weight. It's going to be a long nine innings!

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss and Yuko Shimizu - Juvenile Nonfiction


As a boy, Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura dreams of playing professional baseball, but everyone tells him he is too small. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in 1941, Zeni and his family are sent to one of ten internment camps where more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry are imprisoned without trials. Zeni brings the game of baseball to the camp, along with a sense of hope.