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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.

Heat

Heat

Mike Lupica
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2007
Legends

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Baseball

Howard Bryant
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2015
A Negro League Scrapbook

A Negro League Scrapbook

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2005
Baseball Saved Us

Baseball Saved Us

Ken Mochizuki
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2018
Collage of portraits of baseball greats

The Best of Baseball Digest

John Kuenster
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2006
The girl who threw butterflies

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Mick Cochrane
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2009
on the field

On the Field with…Albert Pujols

Matt Christopher
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2009
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

Sue Macy
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
1995
The Journal Of Biddy Owens

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

Walter Dean Myers
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2013
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Ron Koertge
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2003
Baseball in April and Other Stories

Baseball in April and Other Stories

Gary Soto
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Short Stories
Published:
2000
Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases

Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases

Nancy Mercado
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Short Stories
Published:
2009

Heart of a Champion

Carl Deuker
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2007
The Crazy Horse Electric Game

The Crazy Horse Electric Game

Chris Crutcher
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
1987
We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball

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

Kadir Nelson
Age Level:
Middle Grade