Books For Kids Who Like Baseball

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My husband and I both love baseball.  We are trying to impart that love on our children.  Our 5 year old watches baseball with us and is playing T-Ball this summer.   I was delighted to receive a selection of books about baseball that can help us share our love of the game with our son and eventually our daughter.  We received 4 books from Candlewick Press that have a baseball theme: Just as Good (How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game) by Chris Crowe, Zachary’s Ball by Matt Tavares, Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen, and There Goes Ted Williams (The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived) by Matt Tavares.

The book Just as Good is about Larry Doby who was one of the first African American ball players in professional baseball league.  I like the historical significance of this book.  This book showcases changes in people’s perspective.  One thing that bothers me about the book a derogatory word regarding African Americans, but I do realize that the time when this book was set it was a word that was used.  The book is merely presenting the a picture of the past.  Luckily my son did not understand the word, but I do know that as he gets older I will have to explain to him the important of not using that word and why it was used in this book.  This book was also a little advanced for my 5 year old and I think it would be a little fit for someone just a little older than my son.


Zachary’s Ball was both my son’s and husban’ds favorite book.  The story is about a young boy who is at a Boston Red Sox’s game and his dad catches a foul ball.  His dad gives his son the ball.  The son starts dreaming about baseball from then on and thinks the ball is magical.  The boy loses his ball after months of having it, and when he is grown he walks by Fenway and a ball comes out of the stadium and he catches it.  After he catches it he gives the ball to a young girl.  She looks at the main character and says this ball is magical,  to which he replies they all are.  I think why my family likes this book so much is that it talks about the dreams and fantasies associated with baseball.  And my husband loves it because it is about the Red Sox’s which is his favorite team!


Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit is about a young boy that just is not good at baseball, but loves astronomy.  Randy then figures out that a fireball is going to hit his hometown in 19 days, so Randy makes a big robot to save the city.  When the fireball is going to hit he gets into his massive robot and grabs a smoke stack from an abandoned factory and hits the fireball back into space.  Randy is the hero and when he goes back to playing baseball with his friends, he still isn’t any good but, enjoys it anyway!  This is my son’s 2nd favorite book.  He was just finished with a week of planets study at his preschool and add to it that he is starting T-ball next week,and we have a book that is a hit!


The last book was There Goes Ted Williams and is a biography of his life.  My husband really liked this book as it was about one of the greatest Red Sox players ever.   The book is quite long for our five year old.  He did like parts of it, but overall it was just too long of a book for him at this point in time.  I think when he gets a little bit older he will really appreciate this book more.

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This review was written by Melissa for The Mama Report.

 

I received the above mentioned products for review purposes, all opinions are my own. 

Comments

  1. I’m sure my sons will grow to love baseball just like their dad does. Thanks for this!

  2. Very inspiring books. No young baseball fans in my family, but I’ll remember them as gift ideas.

  3. I know someone I can recommend this to! 🙂

  4. My husband and 11 year old son are huge fans!

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