This Week in Sports Books: May 8th, 2009

8:01 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

At The Happy Nappy Bookseller, Doret celebrates Willie Mays' 78th birthday. "It gives me a good reason to show May's classic catch. Willie Mays played in the Negro leagues, got over 94% of the vote for the hall of fame, is Barry Bonds' godfather, and a class act. Happy Birthday Willie Mays."

Doret also points out two middle grade reads that Willie Mays is mentioned in:
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

Also at the Happy Nappy Bookseller, (I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of Doret's blog at Get in the Game--Read because of her great sports book reviews!) Doret takes a look at A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson by Michelle Green. "Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, was one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues and the only pitcher...A man who scouted Hank Aaron gave Mamie his seal of approval. Satchel Paige told Mamie she had some good stuff and took the time to teach her a curveball. That is all I needed to know about Mamie "Peanut" Johnson's arm. A Strong Right Arm was such a joy to read and a must for any baseball fan."

2 weeks ago, we highlighted an awesome children's literacy reading program by Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. Word spread fast around the kidlitosphere and Kathy at Library Stew identified another Red Sox-related reading program. Kathy says: "if you live in Massachusetts your kids can get into summer reading by participating in the Mass. Teachers Association's Red Sox Reading Game. The spokesperson for this program is none other than Sox catcher, Jason Varitek... The program is run through Massachusetts schools, and the cool thing is, winners can take their teacher to a Red Sox game - my aunt went with one of her students last year and she said it was a BLAST!".

Kathy pointed out that many local teams also participate in reading programs. (Be sure to check your local teams' website!) "Now closer to home in Georgia, I saw in an article in our local paper that the Gwinnett braves will be donating tickets to students who participate in the library reading program, I have not seen anything about this on the Gwinnett Braves website, but will keep looking."

At HipWriterMama, Vivian gives us Inspiration Monday: the 2009 Kentucky Derby. There's just nothing like the feeling when an underdog wins!

PBS Parents started a brand new blog called Booklights, featuring interviews, literacy news, book ideas, and book reviews. PBS brings together three prolific bloggers from the Kidlitosphere:

Susan, from Wizards Wireless
Pam, aka MotherReader
Jen, from Jen Robinson’s Book Page
along with Gina from PBS.

Be sure to Get in the Game and check out Booklights!

Join Scholastic’s Summer Challenge and be part of a team quest to eat, sleep, and dream books all summer! Find great reads, play book-based games, and help Scholastic support Save the Children! Your minutes can also count toward the World Record Challenge.
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  1. Doret said...

    What can I say, sports books make me happy. Your post about Knights of the Hill Country by Tharp reminded I wanted to read the book. I checked it out from the library and will read it this weekend. Next time I go to the library I am going to read the May Book Brawl books so I can vote.

  2. Lori Calabrese said...

    You're the best, Doret!! :)

    I still want to read Mama Played Baseball one more time before I place my vote!

    All the best,