This Week in Sports Books! April 24th, 2009

10:22 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Moms Inspire Learning takes a look at great basebook books for young fans, part 1. One of the recommended books is The Boy of Steel: A Baseball Dream Come True.
"The Boy of Steel reminds us that life is precious, and that no matter what curve balls may come our way, there is much power in having a positive outlook. Sometimes you don't have to score more runs to win the game. It's what's in your heart that matters most."

TheHappyNappyBookseller reviews The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott.
"If this book was a pitch, it would be a wicked knuckleball that buckled my knees. As a reader and baseball lover all I can do is tip my head in thanks to the author for writing such a wonderful story. Its 2004 and 12 yr old Oscar feels cursed like his beloved Red Sox. Oscar’s parents adopted him when he was a baby and he worries they divorced after realizing he was half black. Being biracial Oscar has a hard time fitting in at school."

The Well-Read Child recommends Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems.
"In Watch Me Throw the Ball! , Piggie finds a ball that belongs to her friend Gerald the Elephant who tries to teach Piggie how to throw it. Gerald is determined to show Piggie how to do it the right way to throw a ball, but Piggie wants to do it her way."

The PlanetEsme Plan reviews a popular book these days: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!
"Both beautifully written and illustrated and with a fabulous, stop-in-your-tracks lenticular cover that allows Koufax to follow through on his pitch, this is a resonant work about persistence and comebacks that will be well appreciated by kids of any background who need to try, try again."
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  1. said...

    Wow. I just clicked through to your blog from Jen Robinson's Book Page, and was surprised to find that you linked to my site. Thank you!

    It's my first time visiting your blog. I am always on the lookout for great sports related books, so I'm so glad to have found your blog.

    Looks great!

  2. Lori Calabrese said...


    Thanks for clicking through to my site! I'm so glad you stopped by and look forward to checking out your blog more often, too.

    All the best,