This month we’re celebrating all things baseball at the Richard Burges library! Summer is the time for baseball, and we’re all excited about the baseball news in El Paso. Take a look at our display case for our own celebration of baseball, and then take a look at these great books and movies about America’s national pasttime:
Nine boys bond over baseball while enjoying the perfect summer in the early 1960s. This coming-of-age movie is a new classic, and is sure to please both children and adults.
The classic 1952 novel is loosely based on the true story of Philadelphia Phillies player Eddie Waitkus. In the novel, Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy, must try to return to baseball after a mysterious attack. Check out the film version with Robert Redford!
This non-fiction book examines how the smaller Oakland A’s team reevaluated statistics to field a team that can compete with much larger, richer teams. Lewis encourages the use of sabermetrics, which is an objective evaluation of baseball, rather than the older, subjective statistics based methods that other teams use. The book was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt in 2011!
First published in 1888, this classic poem narrates the fall of the legendary baseball star Mighty Casey, who is destroyed by his own pride. This version is beautifully illustrated by Christopher Bing, who won a Caldecott Honor award for his work.
Our children’s story time hours this week were all about houses. We learned that houses come in lots of shapes and sizes. A home can be made out of a ice, trees, bricks, and even shoes! We read The House that Jack Built by Simms Taback, If the Shoe Fits by Alison Jackson, Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant, El pandita viene a mi casa by Liu Qian, and Mi Casa by Richard Scarry. You can find more books about homes at the Library. After our stories, we made a house using a paperbag.
There really is no place like home….
If you’re looking for a good summer read, pick up Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale. I couldn’t put this book down. The action starts fast and never lets up. The mystery in the story is creepy, the characters are likable and the evil spirits are downright nasty.
In the beginning, we see best friends, Marshall Seaver and Coop, trying to decide how to spend their summer vacation. The two are growing apart and when Coop is forced to go with his family to their cabin on the lake, Marshall thinks he’s in for a terrible summer. But then Coop disappears and after Marshall breaks an artifact his mother had given him, strange hauntings occur.
The action never lets up and gets downright spooky at times. Marshall teams up with Coop’s snobby sister, Sydney, to find Coop. Surprisingly, the two make excellent sleuths as they follow other-worldly clues to Coop’s whereabouts. Possession, illusions and a very creepy creature known as Gravedigger seem to follow them everywhere.
I couldn’t put this book down. It’s wonderful! Check out your copy today for some awesome summer reading!