Barnstormers, basketball, Get In the Game -- Read!, Loren Long, Lori Calabrese, opening day, Phil Bildner, Sluggers
This just in, and just in time for tonight’s big basketball game — and baseball’s opening day — a new blog that explores sports themed books for kids and teens: Get In The Game — Read!
Author Lori Calabrese has created this new forum to focus on all the wonderful books that energize and encourage kids to practice sports and reading. Here is an excerpt from Lori’s “About This Blog”:
“If you think about it, sports and books just go together. The more
children practice, the better they become at sports. The more children
read, the better they become at reading. Both sports and books should
be inexpensive and accessible to everybody. They teach us about the
world around us, and overall, they’re just plain fun! So why not
combine the two? Avid sports fans can read a Sports Illustrated cover to cover, recite the
stats from the morning sports page, and read a program at a game. Avid
readers can learn about a sport, a specific athlete, or sports in other
countries. There are so many ways to incorporate sports and reading.
Make the most of all the resources that are available and waiting for
you: printed books, online books, magazines, etc…. Encourage
follow-up activities involving creative writing skills so your children
can expand on what they’ve absorbed and, at the same time, develop
their own creativity. As you help your kids appreciate the magic of
reading and the value of sports, you’ll find there’s a whole wide world
of fun and fundamentals!“
We’ll be watching her blog to see when she includes one of our family’s favorite sports series — Barnstormers, by Phil Bildner and Loren Long. The series has just been re-released as Sluggers, but the stories remain as enchanting as ever. As always with me, it is the emotions behind the sport that hold the greatest appeal. Long’s illustrations are so evocative of baseball’s golden age gone by…
Lori Calabrese said:
Thank you so much for helping spread the word about Get in the Game–Read! Keep reading because I’m sure your family’s favorite sports series will show up! 🙂
All the best,
Cool post! I’ll definitely need to check out this blog/book for my oldest. He’s an excellent reader, but he has no interest whatsoever in fiction. (GASP! Can he really be my child? I, on the other hand, stayed up til 1 AM to finish a murder mystery last night!) He loves playing sports, but where books are concerned, all he checks out are nonfiction stuff like science experiments and books about geology or natural disasters. There’s certainly nothing wrong with nonfiction, but he’s missing out on some good stories out there!