Baseball

Little Ones

Baseball SuperStars 2015

By K.C. Kelley
Scholastic Paperback Nonfiction

  • September 2015
  • $5.99
  • Ages 7-10

Baseball's biggest stars are featured in this must-have book! Including Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner and more, Baseball Superstars 2015 features the greatest superstars from the previous baseball season. This photo-driven book will feature tons of full-color action photos and simple and engaging text. This is the definitive guide for baseball fans everywhere and a perfect introduction to America's favorite pastime!



How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball

By David Shannon
The Blue Sky Press

  • March 2012
  • $17.99
  • Ages 4-8

Bestselling Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon tells the story of a boy who overcomes a cruel tyrant using his love of baseball. Chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball was published more than a decade ago, and it was the very first book award-winner David Shannon wrote and illustrated himself. Using his vast experience as an editorial illustrator, Shannon told an expressive, emotional tale of a time when spring no longer existed, and it was always winter in America. Why? Because an angry dictator declared baseball illegal, and once-happy citizens fell into a dull pace of endless ice, snow, factories, and drudgery. Filled with warmth, drama, and gentle humor, this story presents Shannon's rare ability to create an engaging picture book that can be read on several levels. Perfect for story time, bedtime, and teacher readings, this 2012 edition features a dramatic new cover sure to catch the eye of readers everywhere. Published just in time for baseball season, How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball is more than a hit--it's a home run!



Jackie Robinson: American Hero

By Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • March 2013
  • $4.99
  • Ages 4-8

Discover everything you wanted to know about Jackie Robinson from his very own daughter.

This full-color comprehensive biography will feature everything there is to know about this inspiring American hero. The biography will explore what led up to Robinson’s signing and what happened after. As the first black man to play in major league baseball, his progress monumentally influenced the desegregation of baseball. Because of this, Robinson became an icon for not only the sport of baseball, but also for the civil rights movement. Featuring photos throughout, this biography will be a sports tale and a history lesson.



Middle Grade

NEW!

The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend: A Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend 

By Sharon Robinson

Scholastic Press

  • Febraury 2016
  • $16.99
  • Ages 8-12

 

Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson.

 

The year is 1948, and the place is Brooklyn, New York. Stephen Satlow, a local Jewish boy, is an avid Brooklyn Dodgers' fan but a mediocre athlete, at best. When Jackie Robinson moves into his predominantly Jewish neighborhood and befriends Steve, his status changes instantly.

Their bond deepens when Jackie commits a well-intentioned blunder. He mistakenly gives Steve's family a Christmas tree. As the tension clears, acceptance of Jackie's gift of the tree becomes symbolic of two families from different religious and cultural backgrounds finding common ground. The friendship between the two families grows over the next few decades, when enormous social changes sweep the nation.



Scholastic Year in Sports 2016

By James Buckley Jr.
Scholastic Paperback Nonfiction

  • December 2015
  • $9.99
  • Ages 8-12

Featuring the latest and greatest superstars, this is a must-have guide for sports fans of all ages!

For sports fans everywhere, the 2016 edition of Year in Sports features full-color action photographs throughout, completely updated facts and stats, and a colorful interior design. Features info about all of the top athletes, championships, and legends from the major and secondary sports. Including your favorite stars like LeBron James, JJ Watt, Clayton Kershaw, Serena Williams, Lionel Messi, and McKayla Maroney, Scholastic Year in Sports 2016 is perfect for sports beginners, as well as the most devoted of fans.



Little Rhino #1: My New Team

By Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard; Illustrated by Erwin Madrid
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • February 2015
  • $4.99
  • Ages 7–10

From Major League Baseball superstar Ryan Howard and his wife, Krystle Howard, a former elementary schoolteacher, this exciting new series is a fun read for sports and book fans alike.

One afternoon, after a long day of second grade, Little Rhino comes home to find out that Grandpa James has signed him up for a baseball league. Little Rhino will finally be a part of a team. But Little Rhino will quickly learn that it is not always so easy to be a good teammate, especially when there’s a bully wearing the same uniform as you.



Little Rhino #2: The Best Bat

By Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard; Illustrated by Erwin Madrid
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • April 2015
  • $4.99
  • Ages 7–10

From Major League Baseball superstar Ryan Howard and his wife, Krystle Howard, a former elementary schoolteacher, this exciting new series is a fun read for sports and book fans alike.

Little Rhino is so excited for his team, The Mustangs, to play their first baseball game—Grandpa James even bought Little Rhino a new bat to use. In the last practice, Little Rhino’s bat goes missing. He’s convinced that Dylan, the bully on his team, is the one who took it. But Little Rhino learns quickly that he can’t blame someone without any proof. Will Little Rhino find out who took his bat before the first game?



Little Rhino #3: Dugout Hero

By Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard; Illustrated by Erwin Madrid
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • June 2015
  • $4.99
  • Ages 7–10

 

A new chapter book series from Major League Baseball's 2006 National League MVP, Ryan Howard!

 

The score was 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and two strikes. The Mustangs were on a hot winning streak and every victory was important. Little Rhino's whole team was cheering for him. Even Dylan was standing on the bench rooting for Little Rhino, the home run hitter. It all came down to the next pitch. When the pitcher threw the ball, Little Rhino swung as hard as his arms could handle, felt a pop in his ankle, and dropped to the ground.

That was yesterday. Today, Little Rhino is propped up on the couch with a sprained ankle. The doctor said Little Rhino is not going to be able to play baseball for the next two weeks. Rhino's friends keep dropping by to bring him his homework, but Rhino just wants to be back on the field. Can he find a way to help his team without playing?

 



The Way Home Looks Now

By Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Scholastic Press

  • May 2015
  • $16.99
  • Ages 8–12

 

From the award-winning author of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu comes a beautifully written and poignant story of family and loss, healing and friendship and the great American pastime, baseball.

 

Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.

 



Game Changers #3: Heavy Hitters

By Mike Lupica
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • May 2015
  • $6.99
  • Ages 8-12

Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town’s All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season, Ben gets hit by a pitch. It’s never happened to him before and it shakes him up. Another player on Ben’s team, Justin, is acting really strangely. Ben has known Justin for a while and they’re friendly, but he’s not one of Ben’s closest “boys.” Justin is the team’s best hitter, but his behavior on and off the field is erratic.

Ben discovers that Justin’s parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his hitting issues while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.



42: The Jackie Robinson Story

By Aaron Rosenberg

  • March 2014
  • $5.99
  • Ages 8-12

A novel based on the movie 42—a biopic about Jackie Robinson’s history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African American Major League Baseball player.



Champ

By Marcia Thornton Jones

  • October 2007
  • $5.99
  • Ages 7-10

Riley is awful at sports. He wants to quit the baseball team, but his dad won't let him give up. So when one bad swing brings a three-legged dog into his life, Riley feels like he's been thrown a curveball. How can he take care of a dog and make his dad proud? Champ is a former champion show dog. But when the accident that leaves him with Riley also leaves him with three legs, this dog has to learn some new tricks. Can Champ show Riley that winning doesn't always mean coming in first? Together, Riley and Champ make a great team, but not everyone thinks so. Could they be separated?



Down to the Last Out: The Journal of Biddy Owens, The Negro Leagues

By Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • January 2013
  • $6.99
  • Ages 8-12

Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. However, in 1948 most black players can only play for the Negro Leagues. Jackie Robinson has just recently integrated and is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the white owners are reluctant to add too many blacks to their rosters. The Birmingham Black Barons are some of the best players in the league. But as they travel around playing ball, Biddy realizes that not everyone is ready for blacks and whites to play on the same team. Can Biddy prove he's good enough to be part of the game he loves, no matter what color his skin is?



Plunked

By Michael Northrop
Scholastic Press

  • February 25, 2014
  • $6.99
  • Ages 8-12

When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game.

Jack Mogens thinks he’s got it all figured out: he has his batting routine down, and now that he’s in sixth grade, he has a lock on a starting spot in Little League. (Well, almost. Okay, not really. It's a two-man race, though, so he has a shot.) And if he can manage to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, his team’s killer shortstop, he’ll be golden. But when a powerful stray pitch turns his world upside down, Jack discovers it’s going to take more than a love of baseball to get back his game.



Swindle

By Gordan Korman
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • April 2009
  • $6.99
  • Ages 8-12

After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way—a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their inability to drive—but Griffin and his team are going to get back what's rightfully his…even if hijinks ensue. Ocean’s 11 with eleven-year-olds, this is Gordon Korman at his crowd-pleasing best. It is perfect for readers who like to hoot, howl, and heist.



Young Adult

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

By Jordan Sonnenblick
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • February 25, 2014
  • $7.99
  • Ages 12 and up

Sometimes life’s greatest accomplishments take place off the field.

There’s nothing All Star pitcher Peter Friedman loves more than baseball. It’s his life. He breathes baseball, dreams about it, and works his tail off to be great. Most kids are nervous about starting high school, but Pete's amazing arm is going to make his life pretty easy. But Pete’s freshman year doesn’t turn out as planned. A pitching accident over the summer ruins his arm. If he isn’t the star pitcher, then who is he? Pete’s best friend and pitching partner, AJ, tells him he’ll be back to his normal self by spring training. To make matters more complicated, there’s something going on with Pete’s grampa—and Pete’s mother doesn’t want to talk about it. The only person Pete can confide in is Angelika, the amazingly cute girl in his photography class who might like Pete as much as he likes her...only Angie doesn’t know if she can date someone who can’t be honest with himself, or with the people he’s closest to.