My First Book of Baseball: A Rookie Book
by Beth Bulger and Mark Bechtel
Illustrated by Bill Hinds
Published April, 2016
Review copy provided by publisher
My First Book of Baseball, the second Rookie Book from Sports Illustrated Kids, 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 using a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text with engaging graphics, and a full glossary of essential baseball terms and phrases. An illustrated rookie player character also appears on every page, providing fun facts to help the next generation of fans better understand the game. Perfect for beginning readers, My First Book of Baseball is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young minor league rookies before, during, and after the ball game.
I read the first book in this series, My First Book of Football several months ago and really enjoyed it. This series of books about sports is great for the youngest sports fans.
In this First Book of Baseball, readers learn about baseball terminology such as: innings, diamond, runs, offense, defense, fly ball, foul ball, outs, balls and strikes to name a few.
It teaches some of the rules of baseball such as after a pitcher throws four "balls" the batter gets to go to first base and tagging a runner with the ball, or glove with the ball, before he gets to base is an out.
The pages are big and have a solid colored background. The pages are sturdy enough for the littlest readers to turn again and again. There is a combination of actual photographs of professional baseball players, graphics and a cute little illustrated boy that is learning about the sport. The font is large and the text is simplistic.
I would recommend this book, and series, to any budding young sports fan.