Posted on June 22, 2011 by Suzan Woodard in Reading Lists.
Major League Baseball has a new official historian named John Thorn. Mr. Thorn is an established sports author, who loves baseball, history and words. He’s channeled that passion into his latest project – a children’s book titled “First Pitch: How Baseball Began,” published by Beach Ball Books.
Big Universe has an online collection of children’s baseball books too, so I compiled an easy-to-tackle summer reading list for all the young sports enthusiasts. (See list below.)
Big Universe thinks summer reading is vital to the educational process, and so do I. My girls read tens of thousands of pages each summer, and I have no doubt that this contributed to their rewarding academic careers.
Books read during the summer keep developing brains primed for learning, feeding children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. Summer reading underscores lessons learned in the previous school year and helps remediate issues for struggling learners. Exposure to new books readies students for vocabulary, formats and new material they’ll see in their classrooms in the fall.
Children’s Books about Baseball
- “Baseball” – Interest level: 3-8.
- “First Basemen” – Interest level: 6-12.
- “Catchers” – Interest level: 6-12.
- “The Baseball Card” – Interest level: 3-12.
- “Jackie Robinson Graphic Biography” Interest level: 6 and up.
- “Babe Ruth Graphic Biography” – Interest level: 3 and up.
- “History of Baseball” - Interest level: 6-12.
- “Jermaine Dye and the Chicago White Sox” – Interest level: 6-12.
- “Jackie Robinson: A Life of Determination” – Interest level: 6-12.
- “David Eckstein and the St. Louis Cardinals” – Interest level: 6-12.
NOTE: Big Universe has compiled age-leveled book lists, as well as other assorted topical book lists for SUMMER READING. Students can tackle one or more lists, or they can pick and choose various Big Universe titles, logging books or reading minutes as they go. Simply go to Big Universe’s “Read” page, find the “Browse or Search for Books” sidebar, and click on the “Summer Reading Lists” tab to get a drop-down list of suggestions. Themes include: Animals, Chapter Books, Cultures, Humor, Nature, Science and Sports.
Or, click on one of the following blogs for other thematic book lists:
- “Summer Reading Lists: Cats, Dogs and Horses”
- “Summer Reading Lists: Books in Spanish”
- “Summer Reading Lists: Patriotic Books for Children”
- “Girl Power! Non-fiction Books with Female Heroes”
- “Discovery Lands But Space Education Does Not”
- “A Swarm of Bug Books at Big Universe”
- “Earth Day: Eco Kids Books on Big Universe”