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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Sports

 


2013 Award
Slugger
(by Susan Pearson/ illus. by David Slonim, Amazon $15.99 Score:)

Hard to imagine how a garden slug would aspire to play baseball and, of course, to be a star slugger. Just the idea of all this is silly, but it holds together as an entertaining yarn that kids who aspire to play baseball will relate to. In this season of baseball books, here's one for the youngest player.  5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Becoming Babe Ruth
(by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Although he is long gone, Babe Ruth's name lives on as a legend to all who know anything about baseball greats. Unlike so may baseball books that center on a singular event, in this child-sized biography the author manages to tell about Babe's early years when he got into so much trouble as a truant that his own father helped send him away to a reform school. Inside the walls of Saint Mary's George Ruth found a mentor and found himself. The story has a nice roundness as the Babe never forgets Brother Matthias, who teaches him the game and the school that nurtured him. As always, Matt Tavares' illustrations capture the time and place and even the Babe's memorable face. A keeper! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Magic Tree House, Hour of the Olympics
(by Mary Pope Osborne, Random House $4.99 Score:)

No girls are allowed at the Olympics! That was the rule in ancient times and in this time travel book the rules apply....or do they. Another one of those suspenseful adventures for Jack and Annie. If your new to chapter book reader has not discovered this series, this is a good summer read that will give them a bit of history, a meeting with heroes and heroines of the Greek myths and perhaps a lively taste for time travel and more Magic Tree House mysteries.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Brothers at Bat
(by Audrey Vernick/ illus. Steven Salerno, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

Based on a real family with 16 children, twelve of them boys, who all loved the game of baseball. In fact, there were enough brothers to form a baseball team--and then some. This family takes place at a time when girls rarely played on baseball teams. Back in the 30's and 40's the Acerra brothers toured the country playing as a team, with a break for WWII, when six of them served in the armed forces. After the war they began to raise families of their own, but continued playing the sport they loved. They played their last game in the 50's and then in 1997 they were honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame. An interesting slice of baseball history. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
(by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Baseball fans who like history are going to love this inspiring book about one of the game's all time greats! It follows Ted from his boyhood days when baseball was an obsession though his years in the military in WWII and Korea. There are few crisis points in this story, so there is not a lot of drama, yet the single mindedness and determination gives young readers a glimpse into the life of man who kept his eye on his goal and achieved it! Glorious painterly art illuminates every page of this oversized picture book. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
All Star!
((by Jane Yolen/ illus. Jim Burke, Philomel $17.99 Score:)

Collectors of baseball cards are sure to know of the most valuable one of all, the Honus Wagner baseball card. But they may not know the inspiring story of the Hall of Fame player who was one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history. Jane Yolen's smooth as silk narrative brings his story from his boyhood as a poor coalminer's son to his glory days as a Pittsburg Pirate. What made his image on a baseball card so collectible? Honus Wagner did not like the idea of his likeness being sold in cigarette packs. He believed that this was a bad message for kids, so he insisted that they stopped using his image. Not only are the cards rare, sounds like the man was, too. Jim Burke's handsome illustrations will please baseball buffs, giving them a glimpse into the look of the game and fans at the turn of the 20th century. Yolen does not miss the opportunity to point out that Wagner achieved what he did "without drugs or fancy training programs or million-dollar incentives." A solid and inspiring story . 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
America's Champion Swimmer, Gertrude Ederle
((by David A. Adler/illus. by Terry Widener), Harcourt $16 Score:) Olympic champion, Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel. She inspired many women with a sense of pride, in an age when women were considered the weaker sex. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Award
I Am a Gymnast
(by Jane Feldman, Random House $14.99 Score:) A photo essay of a young gymnast and her training, dedication, and dream of becoming an Olympian. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Award
My Baseball Book & My Soccer Book
(by Gail Gibbons, HarperCollins $5.95 Score:) Child-sized "rule" books illustrated with lively girls and boys who are also learning to play. Packed with lots of facts for young players to pore over as they learn their sport. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Rookie
(by Joan Anderson/photos by Michelle V. Agins, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A behind-the-scenes look at the WNBA through the eyes of New York Liberty's Tamika Whitmore. An inspiring story about Whitmore's determination to get a college basketball scholarship and make it in the WNBA. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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