Slide into opening day with these fun baseball picture books!
Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit
By Chris Van Dusen
“Randy may be an easy out with a bat, but his heroism merits a spot at the heart of any budding geek’s lineup.” -Booklist
Randy likes space, robots, and baseball, but he can't ace everything . . . or can he? Chris Van Dusen knocks one out of the park with a comical ode to ingenuity.
February 2012, ISBN: 9780763649463, $15.99 (Hardcover), Ages 4 to 7, 32 Pages
There Goes Ted Williams
The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
By Matt Tavares
“This is a glorious tribute to a baseball legend and a complicated human being.” –School Library Journal
A lively picture book biography of Ted Williams from a master of the genre - just in time for Fenway Park's centennial!
February 2012, ISBN: 9780763627898, $16.99 (Hardcover), Ages 6 to 10, 40 Pages
Just As Good
How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game
By Chris Crowe, Illustrated by Mike Benny
“A compelling look at one of the game's trailblazers.” – School Library Journal
Batter up for the first-ever children's book about Larry Doby, the first African-American player to hit a home run in the World Series.
January 2012, ISBN: 9780763650261, $16.99 (Hardcover), Ages 6 to 10), 32 Pages
And check out picture book favorite, Zachary’s Ball – now in a new edition!
By Matt Tavares
"Zachary's Ball is a children's classic." -Peter Gammons, hall-of-Fame baseball reporter
February 2012, ISBN: 9780763650339, $15.99 (Hardcover), Ages 6 to 10, 32 Pages
***Simultaneous Hardcover/Paperback release***
With baseball season in full swing, what better way to get into the spirit of the game than with a few good baseball books? Children of all ages will enjoy the selection of baseball-themed books offered from Candlewick Press. Out of the books shown above, my favorite by was There Goes Ted Williams. Having been born in Boston, MA, and lived in MA most of my life, I am a true Red Sox Fan. And, having undergone treatment at Dana Farber, I have walked past Ted Williams memorabilia, as well as read about this man and famous Red Sox player. I have to say, however, that I learned more about his character, including his angry outbursts, which made him disliked by many. But, you have to learn about the many sides of this man and legend in order to appreciate the type of ball player he was. Even after serving in the armed forces and not training, he was able to come back and continue to hit and dominate the league. His story is truly remarkable, and one both children and adults will love reading about in this book from Candlewick Press.
All the books shown above had amazing illustrations, that would make any baseball fan eager to read and want to flip the pages to see what happens next. I loved how Candlewick Press is spotlighting these books during the month of April, and bringing the love of the game into families homes and apart of bedtime reading. Even thought my daughters are too young to really enjoy each of these books, if they are like their parents, they, too, will become die hard baseball fans, and love having these baseball-themed books read to them. Only time will tell. But, in the meantime, I am enjoying reading them to Savannah, and getting excited about this year's baseball season underway.
You can buy these and other Candlewick Press book directly from the publisher, through your favorite online retailer, as well as local book stores.
Disclosure: I was sent copies of the above books from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.