Play Ball! Baseball books for the very young
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
Baseball Hall of Fame baseball player, Rogers Hornsby
Jay Schyler Raadt CC-BY-SA-3.0
Source: Baseball Almanac
Yes, it's January and the temperatures have been in the teens, but soon catchers and pitchers will report to spring training, and on February 21, Spring Training games will begin.
Here are two new books for the littlest of fans:
- Kawa, Katie. 2013. My First Trip to a Baseball Game. New York: Gareth Stevens. (part of the My First Adventures series)
My dad holds our tickets. They tell us where to sit. We get food to eat. My mom and dad get hot dogs.The illustrations are simple cartoon-style depictions of a family's trip to the game with a heavy focus on the family's activities. If just a little bit of baseball is what you're seeking, this will do fine.
A Table of Contents, Index, and Words to Know make this one perfect for school use, however, it's also suitable for adding a little nonfiction to storytime.
Reading Level: Grade K
Fountas & Pinell: C
Specifications: 7 5/8" x 7 1/8", 24 pages
Lexile Level: 130
Less perfunctory and more enjoyable is Goodnight Baseball.
- Dahl, Michael. 2013. Goodnight Baseball. N. Mankato, MN: Capstone. (Illustrated by Christina Forshay)
(Advance copy provided by NetGalley)
Beginning with a sing-song rhythm,
The great big stadium is outside of town.and ending with a nod to Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon,
Fans and friends come from miles around.
Goodnight, popcorn boxes under the standsGoodnight Baseball takes the reader on a baseball outing with a small boy and his father. Snacks, caps, and even a foul ball are part of a winning day. Brightly colored full-bleed illustrations offer a broad view of the game, the fans, and the park with a focus not on the boy and his dad, but rather, on their place in the larger context of the day. Expressive faces show the myriad expressions seen during a day at the park - excitement, determination, surprise (no sadness here - the home town wins). Creative endpapers evoke the Green Monster, the boy's favorite team, and tickets stuffed in the pocket of denim jeans. Goodnight Baseball is a hit.
Goodnight, mascot and goodnight, fans!
Goodnight, friends. Goodnight, cars.
Goodnight, stadium, under the stars ...
(Due on shelves March 1, 2013)