In honor of Opening Day, check out some of Sky Pony’s favorite baseball books!
Mo Smells the Ballpark by Margaret Hyde with Nichelle Robinson, illustrated by Aman Chaudhary
It’s Bark in the Park day at the baseball stadium! Mo, Jasper, Molly, and Lucky are excited to be at the stadium to watch the game. Mo gets busy right away, smelling the peanuts, hot dogs, cotton candy, and more as they make their way down to the field for the doggie parade. But when Lucky dashes onto the field in pursuit of a ball, Mo chases him and becomes wrapped up in a daydream of Team Mo vs. the Big Dog team. Mo and his friends must learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and having fun no matter if you win or lose as they face off against a pinched-face pug pitcher.
Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship by Tania Grossinger, illustrated by Charles George Esperanza
Thirteen-year-old Tania Grossinger lives in the famous Grossinger hotel in New York’s Catskill Mountains, but she doesn’t feel like a real Grossinger; her cousins own the hotel, and Tania often feels like she doesn’t belong. Lots of celebrities come to Grossinger’s, but Tania just wants to meet one man: Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball. When Jackie stays at Grossinger’s on vacation, he hears that Tania is a terrific ping-pong player. Jackie invites the young girl to meet him for a game at four o-clock—but she doesn’t believe he’s serious and stays in her room to read. Soon the telephone rings; it’s Jackie, wondering where Tania is! When she dashes downstairs to the game room, the famous Dodgers star is waiting for Tania—and this is the beginning of an unlikely but very special friendship.
Welcome to the Show by Frank Nappi
It’s 1950 and Mickey Tussler—the now-famous pitching prodigy with autism and a golden arm—is back for another baseball season in this third installment of Frank Nappi’s critically acclaimed Legend of Mickey Tussler series. Talk of Mickey’s legendary exploits on the field has grown since his improbable debut two years prior, as have the fortunes of Murph and the rest of the lovable ragtag Brew Crew. Now Mickey, Murph, and Lester find themselves heading to Bean Town to play for the Boston Braves.
The call up is sweet, for all of them have overcome insurmountable odds to get where they are. But life in the major leagues is filled with fast-paced action both on and off the field. The bright lights of Boston hold a new series of challenges, hardships, and life lessons—especially for Mickey, who finds himself a long way from throwing apples into a barrel back on the farm. The three newest Braves have each other to lean on, as well as a new group of fans who are swept away by pennant fever, but balancing everything this new world has to offer may prove to be the greatest challenge of all.