Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12
A large, coffee table-sized book full of Kadir Nelson’s lush paintings and fascinating baseball history make this a must-read for baseball lovers everywhere. Skillful artwork depicts portraits of famous people in the Negro League’s history from the perspective of a child; the reader “looks up” at each of the characters. Nelson’s use of “we” throughout the book makes for an engaging read of the history of the Negro Leagues. Told honestly and without rancor, this book tells a much-needed story of the all-American sport during its infancy in this country. Play ball!
Overall Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)
- Worldview Rating: 4
- Artistic Rating: 5
Categories: Sports, Middle Grades, Gift Books