Little League practices have begun in our city, and the MLB players have been warming up with spring training for a little while now, so baseball fans are gearing up to get their game on. Whether the players are out on the field or not, young readers can prepare for the upcoming season with three new picture books from Sleeping Bear Press.
Starting with the youngest soon-to-be-baseball fans, Brad Herzog’s Little Baseball board book, illustrated by Doug Bowles, presents ten different aspects of the game in rhyming riddle form. Give yourself a great big hand. It’s where a batted ball might land. Why it’s a baseball glove, of course! My own three year old has enjoyed looking through this cute book several times, and it’s one that his big brother doesn’t mind reading to him again and again.
For older kids with an eye for detail, Brad Herzog has another new release- I Spy with My Little Eye Baseball. Featuring two almost-identical photographs by David Milne, each two page spread asks readers to find anywhere from 15 to 41 differences between the two pictures. Some might jump off the page right away, while others require looking very closely. As an added bonus, each spread also shares a “fun fact” about the aspect of baseball depicted in each photograph, from info about the history of the Louisville Slugger to details about different types of pitches. Informative and fun, this book will get kids of all ages hyped for baseball season.
And finally, in the form that I believe Sleeping Bear Press does best, comes a nonfiction picture book about the beginnings of baseball in the mid 1800s and an immigrant’s experience as one of the sport’s first superstars. Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King, written by Richard Michelson and gorgeously illustrated by Zachary Pullen, tells the personal story of Lip Pike, a boy who loved this newly organized sport called Base, and who was naturally gifted with amazing speed. But when he joined the National Association of Base Ball Players, he was met with discrimination at turns because of his Jewish heritage. He persevered out of love for the sport, and he proved his worth by leading the league in home runs, as well as by consistently conducting himself with respect and professionalism. He even proved to the world that the joke about him being “so fast he could outrun a racehorse” was indeed no joke- he did that very thing in 1873! Michelson’s “Author’s Note” at the end of the book provides even more information about the origins of America’s favorite pastime.
Home run time! We have a copy of each of these fabulous baseball picture books, Little Baseball, I Spy with My Little Eye Baseball and Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King for one lucky reader! Just leave a comment (U.S. addresses only, please), and we’ll announce the winner on April 6.
- The winner of The Lens and the Looker is #4 Andrea.
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Dawn’s tush will be sitting on uncomfortable bleachers a couple times a week once baseball season officially begins, and she’ll probably be inspired to write about her son’s Little League experiences once or twice over on her blog, my thoughts exactly.
My younger grandboys are into this.
Annette W says
Both my son and daughter would love these…as would their daddy!
Congratulations, Annette, you’re our lucky winner! Please email me with your mailing info at morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!
What a great giveaway! Such beautiful boks!
Colleen Turner says
My son would love this! He will soon turn six and is absolutely enamored with the Tampa Bay Rays, who we have taken him to see a number of times. We are redoing his room in a baseball theme for his birthday and this would be a great addition to give him!
This would be a perfect gift for someone I know!
Alison S. says
My son would love to win this!
Ruthie B says
My 5 year old grandson would be so excited to receive these! Thanks for the chance!
We read a great update of Casey at the Bat by Dan Gutman last week. I hope to review it in the next few weeks!
Love baseball in our house!
Page Turner / Heather says
These would be perfect read-alouds for dad and kids! We’d love to win.
My little guy is excited about baseball, but not t-ball, and since he’s only 4, that’s the only team option. Doesn’t keep him from playing in the backyard though!
All the books look great. Thank you for the opportunity to win and share them with our family 🙂
I would love to win these to read with my 5 yr old son. Thanks for the chance!!
bamagv at aol dot com
Would love to share these books with my son–thanks for the great giveaway!
sarahjunie at gmail dot com
melissa n says
these are too cute! mynephew would love them!
Thanks for giveaway!
My son will love this!
Samantha R says
My son would love these!
The boys love baseball! Would love to read these to the boys.
I can’t wait to take my toddler to his cousin’s games this spring. These books would be great to get him more familiar with baseball.
Thanks for sharing!
It’s baseball season here – we’ll see our friends on our teams for practice next week!
Would love to win these!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com
My little guy would really enjoy these! Thank you for the chance to win!
Staci A says
What fun books! My little one loves playing baseball in the yard and I’m sure would love reading about it as well!
Sonia Lee says
Perfect timing! Would love these books, especially I Spy. Batter up!
emily L says
What an awesome giveaway, my son would flip!
great books for my son
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Urailak ("LivingforGod") says
My boys love all kinds of sports, including baseball. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!
Awesome! Too bad there isn’t a book about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League to round it off, though!
Molly K says
My son loves baseball and would love these books.
Michele Anne says
My nephews would love these books. I would look like a really great aunt if I could give these books to them. (lol)
Shannon Baas says
My nephew would love this.
Jessica Kaufman says
My son would like these. He loves to watch baseball with his Daddy.
Ed Nemmers says
I would like this for my Brother!
Jacquelyn Cannon says
This would be the perfect gift for my grandson. He loves playing baseball.
Stephanie Gregory says
My nephew would love this! Thank you for the chance!!
We are baseball nuts in our house…great giveaway, thanks.
Diane Westerbeek says
3 grandsons who play baseball-perfect!
Miranda Ward says
My daughters Love I spy!
susan smoaks says
our son loves baseball and he would be so excited if i was the lucky winner!
Diane Baum says
Thank you-my boys love baseball
Susan Smith says
My son would love these books.
Julie L says
What a cute book-my nephews would love this
Linda G. says
My grandson would love these books!
Christal Couturier says
These books are great thanks