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W is for Wrigley: The Friendly Confines Alphabet

Brad Herzog (author), John Hanley (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627530415

What is the oldest ballpark in the National League? Whose famous scoreboard is still operated by hand? Whose outfield has ivy-covered redbrick walls ready to snatch home run dreams away from a batter? If youre a baseball fan and live anywhere in the Midwest, you know the answer. Its Wrigley Field in Chicago! Just in time to celebrate the April 14 centennial of its opening day comes W is for Wrigley: A Friendly Confines Alphabet, an alphabetical tribute to the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. As one of only two major league stadiums to host baseball for at least 100 seasons, Wrigley Field has seen a lot of baseball history, including memorable Crosstown Classics and pitching feats by Kerry Wood, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddux. From the fans chant of Go, Cubs, Go! to the Hey, Hey home run call of longtime announcer Jack Brickhouse, baseball fans will enjoy reading about the fields history, features, and momentous events.

A is for Amazing Moments: A Sports Alphabet

Brad Herzog (author), Melanie Rose (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410308160

From the first woman to swim the English Channel to the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, there have been some incredible and amazing events and milestones in the world of sports. Now in A is for Amazing Moments: A Sports Alphabet, sportswriter Brad Herzog showcases those events that set sports records while impacting American history and world views. Learn how runner Jesse Owens not only amazed the world but also stunned Nazi Germany at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Cheer on Billie Jean King as she defeats Bobby Riggs in their 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. Read how super-racehorse Secretariat ran away with America's heart as well as the 1973 Triple Crown. All these moments, and many more, are brought to pulsing life in A is for Amazing Moments: A Sports Alphabet. Vivid, colorful artwork captures the spirit and energy of these events.Brad Herzog has written travel and sports books for readers young and old. His children's books include H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet and T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet. Lauded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Brad lives on California's Monterey Peninsula. Melanie Rose is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and has illustrated numerous books for Sleeping Bear Press including H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet; K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet; and Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet. She lives near Toronto, Canada.

E is for Extreme: An Extreme Sports Alphabet

Brad Herzog (author), Melanie Rose (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531597

E is for Extreme indeed! From the gravity-defying rush of bungee jumping to the ultimate endurance challenge of the ultramarathon, young readers are given an armchair seat to the world of extreme sports. What makes the Iditarod sled dog race so grueling? What sports competition is only open to U.S. Army Rangers? And what famous mountaineer answered "Because it's there" to the question of why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, only to disappear on the mountain a year later? Other topics include drag racing, freestyle skiing, and kite boarding. Now thrill seekers of all ages can experience the ABC's of extreme sports.Prolific travel/sportswriter Brad Herzog has more than two dozen books to his credit, including six sports alphabet books for Sleeping Bear Press. When he's not traveling around the United States, Brad makes his home on California's Monterey Peninsula with his family. Melanie Rose has illustrated almost a dozen books for Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet and W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet. Among her future book projects are a dance alphabet and an England alphabet. Melanie lives in Mississauga, Canada.

Let Them Play

Margot Theis Raven (author), Chris Ellison (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410308153

Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955: There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina -- all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state's annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of the other leagues refuse to play against them and even pull out of the program. As the only remaining Little League team in the state, Cannon Street was named state winner by default, giving the boys a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While the Cannon Street team is invited to the game as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially "played" and won their state's tournament. Let Them Play takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final. Author Margot Theis Raven recounts the inspiring tales of the Cannon Street All-Stars as they arrived in Williamsport, PA and never got the chance to play for the title thanks to the bigotry and ignorance of the South Carolina teams. Winning by forfeit, the Cannon Streeters were subsequently not allowed to participate in Williamsburg because they had not "played" their way into the tournament. Let Them Play is an important civil rights story in American history with an even more important message about equality and tolerance. It's a tale of humanity against the backdrop of America's favorite pastime that's sure to please fans of the sport and mankind. This summer will mark the 50th year since the fans' shouts of Let Them Play fell on deaf ears and 14 boys learned a cruel lesson in backwards politics and prejudice. This book can help teach us a new lesson and assure something like this never happens again.

Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King

Richard Michelson (author), Zachary Pullen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307736

In the mid 1800s the sport of baseball was working its way across the United States. Amateur teams were springing up and in 1858 the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed. Young men were eager to show their prowess on the field and in the batter's box. Lipman Pike's father, a Dutch immigrant, runs a small haberdashery in Brooklyn, New York, though Lip is more interested in watching the ball players than working behind the counter. His mother doesn't approve -- Jewish boys should be paying attention to more sensible matters. But when Lip is barely a teenager, he's invited to join the Nationals Junior Club and play first base. When he hits his first pitch over the right fielder's head, Lip knows baseball is the sport for him. Award-winning author Richard Michelson chronicles the meteoric rise of one of baseball's earliest (and unsung) champions. Richard Michelson's poetry and children's books have been listed among the year's best books by The New Yorker, the New York Public Library, and the Jewish Book Council. His A is for Abraham: A Jewish Alphabet won the 2009 Sydney Taylor Award Silver Medal. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Zachary Pullen's picture-book illustrations have won awards and garnered starred reviews. He has been honored several times with acceptance into the prestigious Society of Illustrators juried shows and Communication Arts Illustration Annual of the best in current illustration. Zak lives in Wyoming.

Sports Jokes

Pam Rosenberg (author), Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731250

Where do ghosts go swimming? Why is tennis such a noisy game? How do robins get in shape? Just how many sports jokes can you get into one book? You'll soon discover the answers to all these questions! This book will keep your fellow fans giggling throughout the game!

Muhammad Ali

Clay Latimer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542146

Muhammad Ali is one of America's most well-known athletes. From the time he was a young boy, Ali has been devoted to fighting racism in and out of the boxing ring. Later in his life, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but despite his illness he has not ceased to stand up for what he believes.

Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure

Liam O'Donnell (author), Michael Deas (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551438849

Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament - against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia's challenges don't just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship.

Swimming

Anne Wendorff

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781600143267

People swim for many different reasons—recreation, exercise, or competition. The goal of competitive swimming is to be the fastest in a variety of events featuring different strokes. Kids will learn the history, strokes, rules, and much more! Blastoff! Series

Baseball

Ray McClellan

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781600142772

People of all ages love to play and watch the game of baseball. It has been a part of American history for around 150 years. Young readers learn the history of baseball, learn how the game is played, and read about how baseball has become a global sport. Blastoff! Series

Skateboarding

Ray McClellan

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781600144622

In the 1950s, Californians invented skateboarding so they could surf on land. Roller skate wheels were attached to flat boards. Young readers will learn all about the sport of skateboarding, from the equipment required to its evolution into an extreme sport. Blastoff! Series