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Finally, a good picture book about baseball

September 8, 2010

Bats at the Ballgame
written & illustrated by Brian Lies

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010
picture book

See the author at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Monday, September 13, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

When I wanted to teach my elementary students about baseball, I used the poem Casey at the Bat. Beyond that, at the time ten years ago, there weren’t any great picture books. I’m thrilled to see Bats at the Ballgame — it’s a great story with action and adventure, all about baseball! (Finally!)

If you haven’t seen Brian Lies’ illustrations, you must read Bats at the Ballgame. His beautiful images transport the reader into the story, the love of the game of baseball, and the flying kinds of bats who play the game after dark.

“Hurry up! Come one – come all!
We’re off to watch the bats play ball!”

Bats watch while vendors sell mothdogs and Cricket Jacks but oh, no — our team is losing!

“Then back at bat, our batters swing,
but can’t gain any ground.
There doesn’t seem to be a way
to turn this game around.”

Will our team come from behind to win the game? (I’ll never tell. You’ll have to read the book!)

And, if you want to hear Brian Lies read and autograph your book, stop by Tattered Cover with your kids September 13 at 6 p.m.

Watch the book trailer on You Tube.

Book Play: Did you know that there are many baseball stamps? Click here to learn more and then try to design your own baseball stamp inspired by the book, Bats at the Ballgame.

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