October 2009 Book Brawl

10:39 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Each month, we'll pit similar books against each other in the upper right hand sidebar. All month, it's up to you to vote for your favorite. (You'll find the poll in the top right sidebar) Let's keep it friendly, but in the comments section, please feel free to explain the reasons for your vote. What did you like about the book you chose as the winner? What didn't you like about the the other book(s)?

Major League Baseball's last game of the year takes place this month (yup--the World Series!), so gather your stats, and cheer on your favorite team as we take a look at these two baseball alphabet books:

H Is for Homerun [H IS FOR HOMERUN]
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; 1 edition (March 19, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1585362190
ISBN-13: 978-1585362196

Sports enthusiast Brad Herzog has hit it out of the park with this amazing alphabet book. What I love about this book is that it's not only geared to the youngest pre-readers, it will also satisfy the older set. The book can be read as a fun rhyming text that rolls right off your tongue: "B is for the best--Babe Ruth, the New York Yankee great who batted balls toward bleachers at a then-unheard-of rate." Or it can also be read as an informative non-fiction book with tons of information about America's favorite national pastime.

B Is for Baseball: Running the Bases from A to Z
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books; Library Binding edition (March 4, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0811860965
ISBN-13: 978-0811860963

The Chronicle Books staff has put together this alphabet book that runs the gamut of baseball terms. What makes this book unique are the incredible vintage photographs from the world-renowned American Baseball Hall of Fame. You'll feel as though you stepped into history, along with learning the number of stitches on a baseball to the three historic players who are known to have been the perfect infield combination.

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Be careful because the blows come fast and furious in the Get in the Game--Read Book Brawl!
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