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All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Baseball Books

Some great books for boys and girls who love baseball — a biography of one of today's top players, a history of the women's pro league, an anthology of great baseball writing, a fictionalized journal of a negro league player, and lots of good teen fiction with baseball featured in the subplots. This list was developed by Kasha Hayes.

The Best of Baseball Digest

The Best of Baseball Digest

Age Level: 14-16

This volume includes more than 100 articles from 60 years of baseball writing by the best baseball journalists. Read classic articles about the game's legendary players like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Reggie Jackson. Best of all, there are nearly 100 compleeting photographs to complement the text.

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Age Level: 12-14

Molly and her Dad always shared a love of baseball — especially the hard-luck Chicago Cubs — and he taught her how to throw a tricky knuckleball. After her father passes away, Molly wants to try out for the boys' baseball team, as a way of keeping her connection to her Dad. This tender novel combines sports action with Molly's struggle to accept her loss.

On the Field with...Albert Pujols

On the Field with...Albert Pujols

Age Level: 9-12

Albert Pujols is arguably the greatest player of his generation — in 2009, The Sporting News named him the player of the decade. Learn more about the life and career of the St. Louis Cardinal slugger/first baseman in this biography. If you like this biography, look for more “On the Field with…” and “At the Plate with…” books by Matt Christopher.

A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Age Level: 12-14

Young readers may be surprised to learn that a womern's professional baseball league thrived in the U.S. from 1943-1954. This fascinating volume explores the history of the league and the challenges faced by these trailblazing players, and includes wonderful photographs from the era.

The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948

The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948

Age Level: 9-12

Have you ever thought about working for a baseball team, managing equipment and traveling to games? That’s what 17-year-old Biddy Owens does during the era the Negro Baseball League. His realistic yet fictional account of his adventures not only describes his meetings with famous players, but also details the prejudice and discrimination he faces as an African American.

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Age Level: 14-16

What would you do if you had to stay home from school for months? That’s what happened to Kevin Boland, who lived and breathed baseball until he got mononucleosis. To ease the boredom while he's cooped up at home, kevin starts writing poetry. This new hobby turns into a passion, as he writes poems about baseball, high school, love, and the death of a loved one.

Baseball in April and Other Stories

Baseball in April and Other Stories

Age Level: 9-12

This short-story collection features tales of young Latinos in California who face real-life problems big and small, including making the baseball team. While baseball isn't the focus of every story, the coming-of-age themes are relatable to any tween.

Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases

Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases

Age Level: 9-12

Filled with action, humor, and drama, this anthology compiles short stories, poems, even a play from young adult authors like Jerry Spinelli and Sue Corbett.

Heart of a Champion

Heart of a Champion

Age Level: 14-16

Seth Barham was still reeling from his father’s death a few years ago. Feeling lost and abandoned, Seth meets Jimmy and the two quickly become best friends. Jimmy introduces Seth to baseball and helps pull Seth out of his funk. Together, they face high school, making the baseball team, and dealing with peer pressure to drink at parties. Will Seth make good decisions? Will Jimmy’s choices have dire consequences?

The Crazy Horse Electric Game

The Crazy Horse Electric Game

Age Level: 14-16

Everything was going great for Willie Weaver, renowned pitcher and star of his baseball team. Until his accident, that is. Faced with multiple losses, Willie runs away from his home, family, and friends in Montana to start all over in L.A. Will he be able to put the pieces of his life back together?

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball

Age Level: 9-12

An introduction by baseball great Hank Aaron opens this riveting look at the history of the Negro League. A large format supports revealing portraits of League players and an absorbing narration revealed in nine innings. Endnotes and further readings conclude this memorable and accessible history.