Click the “Baseball” link above to find texts for the baseball enthusiasts in your classroom.  Enjoy!

Key:

^ Nonfiction

# Other: Poetry, Drama, etc.

*Grade levels are based on reviews from sources such as School Library Journal, Booklist, etc. They do not necessarily represent Alan’s views on grade level appropriateness.

Baseball

A Diamond in the DesertA Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (Multicultural; Grades 4+)

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie  ^ A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Y. Green (Multicultural, Female Protagonist; Grades 4-7)

All The Broken Pieces# All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Multicultural, Bullying; Grades 6-8)

All Star# All Star by Jesse Lonergan (Grades 9-12)

Card Babe and Me: Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman (Series; Grades 5-9)

Baseball Crazy# Baseball Crazy: Ten Stories that Cover All the Bases by Nancy Mercado, ed. (Grades 4-8)

Baseball GreatBaseball Great by Tim Green (Grades 4-7)

Baseball in April and Other StoriesBaseball in April by Gary Soto (Multicultural; Grades 4-7; Spanish Edition)

Beanball# Beanball by Gene Fehler (Grades 5-9)

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back^ Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown

Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits^ Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits by David Ortiz and Tony Massoratti (Multicultural)

Biggie Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan (Grades 9-12)

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues^ Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues by Patricia McKissack and Frederick McKissack (Multicultural)

Broken Laces by Rodney Walther

Bull CatcherBull Catcher by Alden R. Carter (Grades 7-10)

Center FieldCenter Field by Robert Lipsyte (Grades 8-12)

Change-up: Mystery at the World SeriesChange-up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein (Grades 6-9)

Choosing up SidesChoosing Up Sides by John Ritter (Grades 5-9)

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero^ Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss (Multicultural; Spanish edition)

Conviction  Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert (Grades 8-11)

Curveball: The Year I Lost My GripCurveball: The Year I Lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (Grades 7+)

Cutting LooseCutting Loose by Michael Lewin (Female Protagonist; Grades 8+)

Diamond Ruby: A NovelDiamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace (Multicultural, Female Protagonist)

  ^ Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof

Extra InningsExtra Innings by Robert Newton Pack (Grades 6-8)

Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball by Alan Gratz (Grades 3-7)

Fences (The August Wilson Century Cycle)# Fences by August Wilson (Multicultural)

Fenway FeverFenway Fever by John Ritter (Grades 5-7)

Finding  Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Slote (Multicultural; Grades 4-6)

 Forced Out (Travel Team) by Gene Fehler (Grades 4-6)

seven  Game Seven by Paul Volponi (Grades 7-10)

Gold DustGold Dust by Chris Lynch (Multicultural; Grades 5+)

Heart of a ChampionHeart of a Champion by Carl Deuker (Grades 6-10)

heat  Heat by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-9)

High HeatHigh Heat by Carl Deuker (Grades 5-8)

High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time^ High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time by Tim Wendel

Heat Hurricane Heat by Steven Barwin (Grades 5-8)

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson^ I Never Had it Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett (Multicultural)

  Ironweed by William Kennedy

Doby Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game by Chris Crowe (Grades 1-4)

scoreKeeping Score by Linda Sue Park (Female Protagonist; Grades 4-7)

Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer^ Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Staples, Jr. (Multicultural)

Last Days of Summer Updated Ed: A NovelLast Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Lizzie Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (Female Protagonist, Multicultural, Racism; Grades 5-8)

Sun   Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (Grades 5-8)

Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Bullying, Multicultural, Racism; Grades 6-10)

Mexican White Boy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt De La Peña (Multicultural, Racism; Grades 9-12)

MudvilleMudville by Kurtis Scaletta (Grades 5-8)

My Thirteenth SeasonMy Thirteenth Season by Kristi Roberts (Female Protagonist; Grades 5-8)

No Cream PuffsNo Cream Puffs by Karen Day (Female Protagonist; Grades 5-8)

    ^ One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season by Jonathan Eig (Multicultural)

Product DetailsOut of Order by A.M. Jenkins (Grades 8-10)

Over the WallOver the Wall by John Ritter (Grades 6-9)

Painting the Black (Avon Camelot Books)Painting the Black by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-12)

Pinch HitPinch Hit by Tim Green (Grades 5-8)

Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home^ Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home by Gary Moore

Plunked by Michael Northrop (Concussions; Grades 9+)

Product Details^ Pujols: More than a Game by Scott Lamb, Tim Ellsworth, and Joe Posnanski

Rivals: A Baseball Great NovelRivals by Tim Green (Grades 5-8)

Samurai ShortstopSamurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz (Multicultural; Grades 8-11)

Color See No Color by Shannon Gibney (Female Protagonist; Multicultural; Grades 9-12)

7 Days at the Hot CornerSeven Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman (LGBTQ; Grades 6-9)

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup# Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge (Grades 6-9)

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs# Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge (Grades 6-9)

Six InningsSix Innings by James Preller (Grades 5-8)

   Snow in August by Pete Hamill (Multicultural)

Striking OutStriking Out by Will Weaver (Grades 8-12)

SummerlandSummerland by Michael Chabon (Grades 5-9)

The Boy Who Saved BaseballThe Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter (Grades 5-8)

 The Boy Who Would Not Play Ball by Robert Taylor Brewer

The Brooklyn NineThe Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter^ The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor

The Comeback SeasonThe Comeback Season by Jennifer Smith (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

The Crazy Horse Electric GameThe Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher (Grades 8-12)

The Desperado Who Stole BaseballThe Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John Ritter (Grades 5-8)

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (Yearling Book)The Girl who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane (Female Protagonist; Grades 5-9)

Legend  The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Franki Nappi (Series; Disability; Grades 6-11)

Natural  The Natural by Bernard Malamud

Orlando ^ The Orlando Cepeda Story by Bruce Markusen (Grades 6-12)

Pitcher  The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove (Grades 9-12)

Tomboy ^ Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince (Female Protagonist; Grades 9-12)

Top of the Order (4 for 4)Top of the Order by John Coy (Grades 3-6)

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball^ We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (Multicultural, Racism)

You You Don’t Know about Me by Brian Meehl

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