Thematic Reading List: Take Me Out to the Ballgame: 9 Books for Baseball Lovers
The smell of cut grass, hot dogs, peanuts, and nachos. No, we aren’t talking about your backyard barbeque. We’re talking about the baseball field. There are so many books dedicated to the great game of baseball that it was hard to choose only 9 for our list. From biographies to cookbooks, we’ve chosen 9 unique books to satisfy the baseball lover.
|Baseballogy: supercool facts you never knew
By: Kevin Sylvester
Offers facts about the American pastime, including such topics as stadium size, batting basics, and women in baseball.
|Ballpark Cookbook: The National League
By: Katrina Jorgensen
Forget peanuts and Cracker Jacks! National League Ballparks now offer a dizzying array of edible options. These make-like stadium recipes give young chefs and sports fans a culinary road trip at home. From the famous fish tacos at the Giants’ AT&T Park in San Francisco to brats and cheese curds at the Brewers’ Tropicana Field, these diamond dishes are perfect for any seventh-inning stretch.
|Hank Aaron: Home Run Hero
By: Jessica Morrison
Although Jackie Robinson and a few others blazed the trail, Aaron was among the first African-Americans to integrate professional baseball and this book in the Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies series recounts the many indignities Aaron and fellow black teammates faced on the road traveling for the Braves. Want to read about more famous baseball players? Simply type in the player’s name in the CLCD search box.
By: Carol Nevius
Follows a multicultural group of boys and girls through their team’s baseball practice.
|The Chicago Cubs
By: Mark Stewart
Includes the history of the team, fun facts, and places to see in Chicago.
By: Matt Tavares
Dad takes Zachary to his first Boston Red Sox game, where they catch a ball and something magical happens.
|Mr. Strike Out
By: Jake Maddox
David is a great baseball pitcher, but he always strikes out at bat until he learns about Babe Ruth and the importance of practice.
By: Tim Green
Twelve-year-old Josh looks forward to facing a true rival in the Baseball Hall of Fame tournament, but first he and his friends Jaden and Benji put themselves at great risk trying to expose the truth about a conspiracy to bribe the head umpire.
By: Brandon Terrell
Jared Richards is great at baseball video games, but when he loses a bet to his best friend Jared is forced to try out for his school’s baseball team–and finds out that playing the game for real is very different from virtual reality. A graphic novel.