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Librariann Recommends… Baseball Books!

In honor of the Rockies winning their home opener yesterday, here are some books about baseball. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you’ll still hear the crack of the bat, thud of ball in glove and the roar of the crowd with these titles!

Grade levels are suggestions. Every kid is different. Follow their lead.

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Take Me Out to the Yakyu, written and illustrated by Aaron Meshon

PreK – 1st grade

A little boy describes enjoying baseball with his American Pop Pop and yakyu with his Japanese Ji Ji. Includes fun comparisons of everything from snacks and souvenirs to cheers and transportation.

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Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius, illustrated by Bill Thomson

K – 2nd grade

Rhythmic, rhyming text takes the reader through an hour of baseball practice. Thomson’s dynamic, photorealistic illustrations showcase the players’ skills and spirit.

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Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno

K – 3rd grade

The Acerra family hailed from Long Branch, NJ and formed a semiprofessional baseball team in 1938 made up 12 brothers. The delightful retro illustrations are a perfect compliment to this family story.

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Mighty Jackie: The Strikeout Queen by Marissa Moss, illustrated by C.F. Payne

K – 3rd grade

The amazing true story of Chattanooga Lookout pitcher Jackie Mitchell who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back in 1931.

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Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

K – 3rd grade

Did you know the original verses of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” are from the perspective of Katie Casey who was “baseball mad / Had the fever and had it bad”? Inspired by the film, A League of Their Own, this is the fictional story of Katie Casey and her participation in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

3rd – 8th grade

Narrated from the perspective of a former ball player, the reader is taken through a history of the Negro Leagues and the stories of great players such as Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige. Nelson’s illustrations, portraits and ballpark landscapes, are the final grand slam.

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Baseball Card Adventures series by Dan Gutman

4th – 7th grade

Mix together elements from fantasy, historical fiction and sports adventure stories and the result is Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventure series. By touching certain baseball cards, 12-year-old Joe is able to time travel throughout baseball history.

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All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg

6th – 8th grade

The son of a Vietnamese woman and a U.S. soldier, 12-year-old Matt struggles to adjust to life with his new adoptive family in the United States. He becomes a star pitcher on his school baseball team, but still faces bullying from classmates. This historical novel-in-verse is a powerful story of loss and healing.

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Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña 

9th - 12th grade

The streets and ball fields of National City, CA serve as the backdrop for this coming-of-age novel. More than a baseball story, de la Peña offers a moving glimpse into the friendships and emotional lives of teen boys. 

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Looking for a way to share Nelson Mandela’s legacy with the kids in your life? Read Kadir Nelson’s picture book biography, Nelson Mandela, together. Think your older elementary kids  or middle schoolers are “too big” for picture books? This one may change your mind!

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Neighborhood Mary, Syracuse & 19th

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Librariann Recommends… Snow Books!

In honor of Denver’s first real snowstorm of the season, here are some old and new favorites that celebrate winter and all things snow! 

Grade levels are suggestions. Every kid is different. Follow their lead.

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In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow, illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

Toddler - K

In spare, rhyming text combined with large watercolor and pencil illustrations, we meet a variety of forest animals. Short and sweet, this is a perfect choice for wiggly toddlers with short attention spans.

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Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Preschool - 2nd grade

Follow a father and daughter as they cross-country ski through the woods. On their trek they discover animals who live below the snow in the subnivean zone, as well as those who spend the winter above the snow. 

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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

Preschool - 2nd grade

On a moonlit night, a father and daughter go owling in the woods. A lovely celebration of the winter landscape, as well as family connections.

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Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillaud

K - 3rd grade

The only thing that stops the kids in Delta Junction, AK from going outside for recess is if the temperature dips under -20 or there’s a moose on the playground. Includes lots of fun photos featuring things like frozen eyelashes, buried playground equipment and piles upon piles of clothes.

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Have Fun Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke 

1st - 3rd grade

Anna lives in “Africa. Amazing Africa.” and is preparing for a new adventure – visiting her maternal grandmother in Canada for Christmas. In Africa, Anna lives with her parents, twin brothers Double and Trouble, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Her grandmother in Canada lives alone, in the snow. Will Anna be warm enough? Will there be anyone to play with?

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Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

2nd - 5th grade

From the first skim of ice on a bucket in the barn to frozen streams and lakes, the narrator recalls her childhood in rural Maine and her family’s love affair with ice. The pen and ink illustrations are a perfect match for the setting and time period.

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Alley off East Colfax between Fairfax & Elm

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