Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Books About Baseball : America’s Favorite Sport!

All Star!  Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever.  Jane Yolen.  Philomel, 2010.
Master storyteller, Jane Yolen has hot a home run with this picture book biography.
Great illustrations and large size make it perfect for sharing with a class or group.  Pair this with Dan Gutman’s “Honus and Me” for an in depth time-travel look at the 1909 World Series.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade



The Babe and I.  David Adler.  Harcourt Brace, 1999.
During the Great Depression, a young boy secretly helps his family make ends meet by selling newspapers.  One day, the boy sells a paper to Babe Ruth and is rewarded by getting to attend a Yankees game.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-4th grade

Baseball Saved Us.  Ken Mochizuki.  zlee & Low, 1993.
While living in an internment camp during World War II, a Japanese American boy learns to play baseball.  Not only did this help him get through the war years, but also served him well in the future.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade


Bats at the Ballgame.  Brian Lies.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
Two reams of bats play a very entertaining game of baseball at night.  Pair this with Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


Brothers at Bat : The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team.  Audrey Vernick.  Clarion Books, 2012.
This is the entertaining and amazing story of the Acerra family who had 16 children, 12 of them boys.  the family loved baseball so much that they created their own team in 1938.  The team is honored in The Baseball Hall of Fame for being the all-time longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Clemente!  Willie Perdomo.  Henry Holt & Co., 2010.
Roberto Clemente was the first Latin American inducted into the Baseball Hall of fame.
In this book, a little boy named after him is proud to learn about this role model’s career and charitable work.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-4th grade


Henry Aaron’s Dream.  Matt Tavares.  Candlewick, 2012.
This is a great homage to Hank Aaron whose childhood dream, never lost hope.  Persevering against many obstacles , he finally becomes a major league player.  The text is strong and paints a clear picture of segregation and racism in the 1940’s and 50’s.  The “n” word appears a couple of times.  Fabulous watercolors.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade


Honus & Me.  Dan Gutman.  Harper Trophy, 2003.
Joey finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card which allows him to travel back in time and meet the famous player.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade


Just as Good : How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game.  Chris Crowe.  Candlewick Press, 2012.
Doby was the first black player in the American League.  A family in Cleveland listens to the first game of the 1948 World Series on the radio as Doby leads the Cleveland Indians to victory.  A great historical note follows the story.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-4th grade



Poem Runs : Baseball Poems.  Douglas Florian.  Harcourt, 2012.
These 15 short poems about baseball are written from the point of view of the kids playing the various positions.  Florian likes to play with words by using them to create shapes and patterns.  He uses a variety of mediums for the double-page illustrations.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-6th grade


Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit.  Chris Van Dusen.  Candlewick, 2012.
Randy is fantastic at science, but not so great at baseball, though he wants to be.  When a giant fireball threatens his town, Randy puts his scientific know how together with his love of baseball to save the day.  Rhythmic and energetic!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story.  Audrey Vernick.  Collins, 2010.
Effa and her husband, Abe, owned and managed the Newark Eagles, in the Negro League.  She was a tireless champion for her players and became the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  She was also a civil rights activist.  A fine tribute.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-4th grade


Take Me Out to the Ballgame : The Sensational Baseball Song.  Jack Norworth.  Little Brown, 2006.
Wonderful paintings by Jim Burke of the controversial 1908 World Series between the NY Giants and the Chicago Cubs illustrate the lyrics of this famous baseball song.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade



There Goes Ted Williams : The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived.  Matt Tavares.  Candlewick, 2012.
This picture book portrays the highlights of Williams’ incredible 21 year career with the Boston Red Sox.  His one goal in life was to be the greatest hitter who ever lived.  A joyful tribute.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade


The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41.  Phil Bildner.  Putnam’s, 2011.
This amazing tribute will capture the attention of young readers, even if they don’t love baseball.  the records they set have never been broken.  Exciting an inspiring.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 5th-6th grade
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