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Review of The Field

The Field by Baptiste Paul; illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara Primary    NorthSouth    32 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-7358-4312-7    $17.95 The place: a verdant Caribbean islandscape. The day’s activity for the community’s children: a pickup game of futbol (soccer). Does it matter that the futbol field is a converted cow pasture? Does it matter that some of the […]

Opening Day 2018

Batter up! Hear that call! The time has come for one and all To play ball. —Official victory song of the All-American Girls Baseball League, co-written by Lavonne “Pepper” Paire Davis and Nalda “Bird” Phillips It’s Opening Day at Fenway Park! (We can once again hear the helicopters from the Horn Book office.) Our Boston […]

Review of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
and Raymond Obstfeld Middle School, High School    Little, Brown    291 pp. 11/17    978-0-316-55538-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-55533-3    $9.99 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA record for most points scored (38,387), and his college basketball career at UCLA under Coach John Wooden is legendary, his […]

Updated Olympics booklist

It’s officially time for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games, which run from February 8–25th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Who else is excited?! In preparation, I brushed up on my knowledge of South Korea. Did you know that while home to more than fifty million people, the country is seventy percent mountains? The biggest mountain range […]

Sports Stars Making a Difference 2017

Last night, Sports Illustrated awarded the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick (and Beyoncé was there!). Here are some recommended books about sports stars from the past and today who have Made a Difference. See also “What Makes a Good Sports Novel?” by Dean Schneider from The Horn Book Magazine and “Awe-inspiring athletes” from […]

Awe-inspiring athletes

Ancona, George  Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Candlewick Follow four boys as they rehearse for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s multi-school literature-themed recital. Ancona shows the joy, as well as the hard work, discipline, and strength of this art form. Large color photos of the boys […]

Recommended baseball books

Play ball! The books below include both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more […]

Batter up for Opening Day 2017!

The sun is shining (thank goodness — we need it after the slushy start to April this weekend) as a new season of America’s national pastime begins today. Down the street at Fenway Park, our Red Sox are set to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. Go Sox! Meanwhile, here at The Horn Book […]

Review of Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    280 pp. 1/17    978-1-59643-954-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-59643-955-9    $9.99 Football icon Jim Thorpe is the indisputable star of Undefeated, although other compelling narratives come into play, including those of the infamous […]

Sports science and technology

Anniss, Matt  The Impact of Technology in Sports Middle school, high school     56 pp.      Heinemann Impact of Technology series. This survey takes a positive look at how technology has changed sports. A new understanding of biomechanics and diagnostics has helped athletes, including those with disabilities, improve performance. The accessible text covers advances in training, nutrition, […]