Saturday, March 26, 2016

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got this week.

Two for review this week:

Sports Illustrated Kids: My First Book of Baseball: mostly everything explained about the game. by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel. Illustrated by Bill Hinds. A Rookie Book. 48 p. Liberty Street/ Time Inc., April 5, 2016. 9781618931672.

Publisher synopsis: 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.

Sports Illustrated Kids: Baseball Then to Wow! 80 p. Time Home Entertainment Inc., April 5, 2016. 9781618931429.

Publisher synopsis: Baseball: Then to WOW! shows readers how baseball has evolved from the early days of the 1920s to the game it is today. Using MLB action photographs, illustrations, stories, and trivia, the book is a journey through time both for baseball fans and those new to the game. Kids will learn how basic equipment has changed from fingerless gloves to specially tailored leather-bound mitts and how the evolution of game strategy has transformed the sport, players, and equipment. Players throughout history are stacked up against each other in every position so fans can dream up the perfect fantasy team with Babe Ruth playing alongside Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson. 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'll be participating in a blog tour for these two soon.

Yesterday (Friday), I attended a preview of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I plan on writing a blog post with more details a bit later today, but here's a teaser photo of the books I am most excited to read. Actually, I'm excited to read the entire list, but I have to be realistic.

The super-secret guest was none other than Javaka Steptoe, whose work I adore. He has not only illustrated, but penned a biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat called Radiant Child. LBYR always prints a promotional poster for their featured speakers and I waited to have it signed.

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