This listing has six Baseball picture books. One is an ex. library HB, one is a HB with a DJ, and four are PBs.
Zachary's Ball by Matt Tavares is a HB with a DJ. It was published Candlewick Press by in 2000. Condition: Like New/Like New.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-In this picture-book baseball fantasy, Zachary's father takes him to Fenway Park for his first baseball game. Zachary's dad catches a pop fly hit by Buck Spoonwell, and hands it to the boy. Instantly, Zack is on the mound, pitching for Boston. He strikes the player out and the Sox win the game. When the catcher returns the ball, Zachary is suddenly back in his seat. He tells his father that this baseball is magic and his father replies, "They're all magic." Zachary writes his name on it, and sleeps with it every night. Eventually, the ball disappears. Years later, as an adult, he is walking past Fenway and catches an over-the-wall home run. He thinks he sees his name on it, but then the words disappear. He gives it to a girl in the street and tells her that all baseballs are magic. The soft-focus pencil drawings complement the text well, giving a feeling of the past. This simple, clearly written story is reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express (Houghton, 1995) in terms of its plot, fantasy elements, and overall sense of nostalgia.
Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
Teammates by Peter Golenbock with illustrations by Paul Bacon is an ex. library rebound HB. It was published by Voyager Books in 1990. Condition: Good--pages show slight handling; most of the pages have a diagonal crease in the lower corner which goes through the rest of the pages as a soft fold; binding tight; cornerwear on the covers. This books was a winner of the Redbook Children's Picturebook Award.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 6-- Golenbock has taken a single moment of baseball history, set it in its social context, and created a simple and moving tribute to courage and brotherhood. While other biographies of Robinson, and Robinson himself in I Never Had It Made (Putnam, 1972; o.p.), set the incident in Boston, Golenbock places it in Cincinnati, near Reese's Kentucky home. The event occurred during Jackie Robinson's first season with the Dodgers. Listening to the hatred that spilled out of the stands, Pee Wee Reese left his position at shortstop, walked over to Robinson at first base, put his around Robinson's shoulder, chatted for a few moments, and then returned to his position. The crowd was stunned into silence. Bacon has illustrated the book with an effective blend of photographs and drawings. Golenbock briefly but clearly describes the background of Robinson's entry into the National League, as well as Reese's background as a southerner and as the player with the most to fear if Robinson were successful--both men were shortstops (although Robinson would ultimately play second base). There have been several recent books about Robinson for young readers, such as David Adler's Jackie Robinson: He Was the First (Holiday, 1989) and Jim O'Connor's Jackie Robinson and the Story of All-Black Baseball (Random, 1989), but none of them have the style or dramatic impact of Golenbock and Bacon's work. This is a wonderful and important story, beautifully presented, but the geographic confusion is disturbing. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis is a Scholastic PB published in 2000. It is illustrated E. B. Lewis, and it is the winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration. Condition: Like New.
From Publishers Weekly
Though the themes of baseball and classical music initially may seem a jarring juxtaposition, here the duet makes for lovely harmony. Lewis's (Fire on the Mountain) realistic, emotion-charged watercolor paintings evoke a pivotal period in baseball history. It is 1948 and, as Jackie Robinson did the prior year, many top African American ball players in the Negro Leagues are defecting to join "white teams." Curtis's (Grandma's Baseball) plot centers on Reginald, a young violin player whose father manages the Negro National League's worst team, which has lost its best players. Hoping to tear him away from his beloved instrument, Papa drafts Reginald as the Dukes' bat boy, but soon discovers that his son is as clumsy with the bats as he is graceful with his bow. Yet when the boy plays his violin in the dugout, his music inspires the batters, and the Dukes miraculously make it to the playoffs. As Curtis shapes a heartwarming relationship between father and son, his portrayal doesn't neglect the era's bitter facts: though previously all-white leagues were accepting African American ball players, many other whites were not. The Dukes may not go home with the pennant, but this imposing book will score high marks with youngsters, whether their tastes run to sports or to Mozart. Ages 4-10.
The Quiet Hero: A Baseball Story by Rosemary Lonborg is a Branden Book PB published in 1993. Condition: Very Good--book shows slight handling; no markings.
Tells how the Cy Young award-winning pitcher known as Gentleman Jim taught his sons about the importance of hard work and sportsmanship in baseball.
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki with illustrations by Dom Lee is a Scholastic PB published in 1996. Condition: Very Good--book shows slight signs of handling; there is a last name on the front end page.
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler with illustrations by Terry Widener is a Voyager Books PB pubished in 2001. Condition: Good--book shows handling; bottom corner of the book has creasing and a couple of dog ears; the top corner of the book has been lightly bumped; there is an address stamped inside the front cover.