Let’s Go Bucs!

The Pittsburgh Pirates have given us a remarkable season!  Keep that spirit alive all year long by reading some of these:

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Who’s On First? by Abbott and Costello

Abbott and Costello’s classic comedy routine has been reissued for children and features a bear and a rabbit trying to determine the baseball player covering each base.

indexCAT1XK7YThe Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

Eighth-grader Molly has the ability to throw a knuckleball which earns her a spot on the baseball team.  This not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps her in other aspects of her life as well.

indexCAQVUG8RWillie and the All-Stars by Floyd Cooper

In 1942 Chicago, Willie sees a game between the Negro League All-Star and the Major League All-Stars, and realizes that his dream of becoming a professional baseball player could come true.

indexCAY057BPRoasted Peanuts  by Tim Egan

Sam the horse gets picked to be on the local baseball team, but unfortunately his friend Jackson the cat, despite being a good thrower, is not selected.

indexCATHN4X3Ted & Me: a Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

When Stosh travels back in time to 1941 in hopes of preventing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II, he meets Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.  This is the eleventh Baseball Card Adventure that Dan Gutman has written.

indexCA7O6NH7The All-Star Joker by David A. Kelly

When cousins Mike and Kate go to Kansas City for the All-Star game, they meet the son of the American League starting catcher who stands falsely accused of playing practical jokes on his All-Star teammates.  This is book 5 in the Ballpark mysteries series.

index[10]Take Me Out To The Yakyu by Aaron Meshon

A little boy’s grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich varying cultural traditions.

indexCARNIWQPOut of the Ballpark by Alex Rodriguez

Although Alex is nervous about his role in the approaching baseball playoffs and championship game, he soon figures out how to fix his mistakes and become a better player.  This story is fictional but based on things that AROD actually did–like getting up at 5 am to practice his baseball fundamentals!  Photos of his childhood are included.

index[3]Take Me Out to the Ballgame edited by Ben Nussbaum

The ever-popular baseball song about a boy and his father as they enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark.  An accompanying CD comprises a reading of the story and several renditions of the song, plus historical notes about Jack Norworth, who wrote the song, are featured at the end of the book.

index[4]King of the Mound–my summer with Satchet Paige by Wes Tooke

Twelve-year-old Nick loves baseball so after a year in the hospital fighting polio and with a brace on one leg, Nick takes a job with the team for which his father is catcher and gets to see the gerat pitcher, Satche Paige, play during the 1935 season.

About Kathy

Senior Librarian, Children's Dept, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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