Some of my all-time favorite books to read aloud in the classroom are baseball stories. I started collecting books here and there and suddenly realized I had a pretty large collection and I read them to my class EVERY year. My kids love them. They are captivated by them. They are inspired by the heroes in the stories. They always spark great conversation and lead to good thinking while reading.
(Yay for metacognition!) Here are some of my favorites:
Teammates is the story of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.
I usually read this story aloud and then we read a non-fiction article about Jackie Robinson for the students to compare and contrast the two stories.
Mighty Jackie played in Chattanooga. She struck out some of the best baseball players in baseball including Babe Ruth, but was asked to leave the major leagues because she was a woman.
Roberto Clemente... what a role model! Enough said.
It is a beautiful story about Babe Ruth, but also a great mentor text.
The poetic text has great word choice and description.
Set during WWII, Baseball Saved Us follows the Japanese Americans that were put in an internment camp and shows how baseball helps one father and son make the best of a difficult situation.
This showcases the amazing perseverance of Lou Gehrig.
I'm a huge fan of the movie A League of Their Own, so I just adore this book.
Mama Played Baseball tells the story of a young woman who has to get a job when her husband goes away to war, so she starts playing ball.
A great historical story about two boys during the great depression that don't have a lot,
but they do have Babe Ruth.
Ahh, America's pastime...one of the best sports and some of the most inspiring stories. I'm sure there are many other great baseball books. Please share if you have a favorite. I'd love to add to my collection.
"Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart." ~ Jim Abbott
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." ~ Jackie Robinson
"Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth." ~ Roberto Clemente