Teen Librarian Recommends: Let's Play Ball! Part 1

The Belles of Baseball

It MAY not be summer just yet, but the end of the school year is just around the corner and sport of summer is in full swing. In honor of “America’s Favorite Pastime,” check out these young adult non-fiction books about the greats of baseball and be on the lookout next month for a selection of baseball-themed fiction.  


One of America’s heroes and most famous baseball players is none other than Jackie Robinson. See a “behind-the-headlines narrative about the making and life of a hero” with over 400 pages of quotes from the man himself and the people who knew him best in Jackie Robinson in Quotes: The Remarkable Life of Baseball's Most Significant Player. This is a wonderful choice for baseball fans and history buffs.


Jackie Robinson may have been the first African American to break the Major League color barrier, but that doesn’t mean that black athletes weren’t already doing amazing things on the ball field. Learn more about the incredible achievements of great players in The Negro Leagues: The Story of Black Baseball and prepare to be inspired.


Women, too, are baseball heroes. During the 40’s and 50’s, America needed a morale boost and The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was here to help. The Belles of Baseball highlights the journey that would pave the way for female athletes for decades to come.


If you’re looking to enjoy an anecdote or two, Tales from The Dugout is perfect for you. Get a peek inside the dugout by reading these never told tales of the giants of baseball in their own words.


Want to know how it works that a pitcher can throw a curveball? Curious about the force it takes to hit a home run? Check out Baseball: How It Works to learn about the science behind the sport.


While the library doesn’t have any baseball-related programs coming up, there are loads of activities, games, and competitions happening. Click here to see what our “Learn, Connect, Play” events are all about.