Manchester, Connecticut

Sports Stories

Picture Books (JJ)
  • Alborough, Jez. Hit the Ball Duck. (JJ Alborough)
    • Duck and his friends drive out into the countryside to play a game of baseball.
  • Burleigh, Robert. Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth. (JJ Burleigh)
    • A poetic account of the legendary Babe Ruth as he prepares to make a home run.

Beginning Readers (JJE)
  • Berenstain, Stan. The Berenstain Bears play t-ball. (JJE Berenstain)
    • When Brother and Sister Bear help teach some younger cubs how to play T-ball, they learn a lesson in patience.
  • Parish, Peggy. Play Ball Amelia Bedelia. (JJE Parish)
    • Amelia Bedelia, who knows very little about baseball, stands in for a sick player during a game.


Easy Chapter Books (JE)

  • Adler, David. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball. (JE Adler)
    • Cam uses her photographic memory to identify the person who stole a valuable autographed baseball. The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades. Now the first ten books in the series have updated covers that bring new life to these perennial best-sellers. Old fans and new readers will love Cam's cool, modern look!
  • Christopher, Matt. The Captain Contest. (JE Christopher)
    • Dewey loves to draw and wants to enter the soccer team logo contest, but he doesn't want to win the grand prize--being team captain

Junior Fiction (J)

  • Baggott, Julianna. The Prince of Fenway Park. (J Baggott)
    • In the fall of 2004, twelve-year-old Oscar Egg is sent to live with his father in a strange netherworld under Boston's Fenway Park, where he joins the fairies, pooka, banshee, and other beings that are trapped there, waiting for someone to break the eighty-six-year-old curse that has prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series.
  • Corbett, Sue. Free Baseball. (J Corbett)
    • Angry with his mother for having too little time for him, eleven-year-old Felix takes advantage of an opportunity to become bat boy for a minor league baseball team, hoping to someday be like his father, a famous Cuban outfielder.
  • Day, Karen. No Cream Puffs. (J Day)
    • In 1980, when twelve-year-old Madison, who loves to play baseball, decides to play in her town's baseball league, she never envisions the uproar it causes when she becomes the first girl to join.
  • Gardner, John Reynods. Stone Fox. (J Gardner)
    • Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
  • Gutman, Dan. Honus and Me. (J Gutman)
    • Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.
  • Gutman, Dan. Million Dollar Shot. (J Gutman)
    • Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.
  • Lord, Bette. In the Year of the Boar and Jacki Robinson. (J Lord)
    • In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.
  • Lupica, Mike. Heat. (J Lupica)
    • Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
  • Myers, Walter Dean. Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues. (J My Name)
    • Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player.
  • Ritter, John. Boy Who Saved Baseball. (J Ritter)
    • The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.
  • Scieszka, Jon. See You Later Gladiator. (J Scieszka)
    • Joe, Fred, and Sam demonstrate some of their favorite professional wrestling moves, including the "Time Warp Trio Blind Ninja Smackdown," when they're transported to ancient Rome and forced to fight as gladiators in the Colosseum
  • Soto, Gary. Baseball in April. (JCD Book Soto)
    • A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.
  • Tunis, John R. Rookie of the Year. (J Tunis)
    • Dodger manager Spike Russell's efforts to rally his team to a pennant victory are threatened by a scheming club secretary and the seeming irresponsibility of a star rookie pitcher.
  • Wolf, Virginia. Bat 6. (J Wolf)
    • In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to the surface. Includes recipe for apple spice cake.