Monday, April 4

Sports Illustrated Kids: Baseball Books (with Giveaway!)

Happy MLB Opening Day! I thought I'd kick the season off right with a review and giveaway of two awesome baseball books from Sports Illustrated Kidsenter the giveaway below!

My First Book of Baseball
(A Rookie Book)
Written by Sports Illustrated Editors, illustrated by Bill Hinds

My rating: ★★★½

ISBN: 978-1618931672
Publisher: Time Inc.
Date of publication: April 5, 2016
Age: 4 - 8 years
Genre: Nonfiction

Looking for a simple introduction to baseball? This book coaches young kids through the game of baseball with a visual retelling of an actual MLB game—from the first pitch to the game winning hit! Strikes, outs, steals, foul balls, home runs and more are all explained with actual Sports Illustrated photos and comical illustrated help. Who's going to win??

This is a great book for the early, young readers who are just learning the basics of baseball. The format of having the reader go through an actual game is genius; I could really picture this being used in conjunction with a child's first baseball game. It's fun to readaloud adult to child, or—thanks to simple words and big lettering—a book kids can tackle on their own.

Now the book is truly basic, touching on vocabulary like striking out, home runs, and the 7th inning stretch. It doesn't get into stuff like batting averages or actual players/teams. It's possible that a child may outgrow it quickly. Also, I do wish that it listed all of the terms learned throughout the book at the end, as a review or glossary. And sometimes, the added thought bubbles, though funny, could be distracting (it's a trade off). Still! For your basic introduction, this book is fun, engaging, and appealing. Definitely recommended!

Find it at your library or on Amazon

Baseball: Then to WOW!
Written by Sports Illustrated Editors, illustrations by Andrew Roberts

My rating: ★★★★½

ISBN: 978-1618931429
Publisher: Time Inc.
Date of Publication: April 5, 2016
Age: Grades 3 - 8
Genre: Nonfiction

How did baseball evolve to what it is today? Using MLB action photographs, illustrations, stories, and trivia, this book is a journey through time both for baseball fans and those new to the game. Kids will learn about equipment changes, evolution of game strategy, players throughout history, and more. A fun-filled section of the book explores everything fan culture—from the perfect ballpark frank to the importance of baseball cards and video games in popularizing the sport.

I may preface this review by saying I LOVE sports...but not so much baseball. I don't know a whole lot past enjoying the occasional Baby Ruth candy bar (turns out, as this book explains, it's not referring to Babe Ruth. Bummer). The point is...I still really enjoyed this book. Yeah, no joke! There's so much information packed in here—from the best players and their specialties to managers who yell too much to peanuts and Cracker Jacks—but it was organized and displayed in a really engaging and fun way. Now I can name all sorts of teams and players! [pats self on the back]

Also, I LOVED this illustrations. They were not distracting or out of place, but interlaced with actual photos and facts quite seemlessly; it's still fact-filled and informative, but appealing to kids. Definitely well done.

Now, do I know the difference between RBIs and batting averages and whatever other stats? No. I do wish that this book had taken the opportunity to do some definitions (a little sidebar or glossary or something). But hey, maybe kids will take that opportunity to do some more research on their own. Basically, this is a fantastic read or reference book to have, baseball lover or not. Definitely check it out.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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