Baseball Is… by Louise Borden


NF PB 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday is hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy and was started to help promote the reading of nonfiction texts. Most Wednesdays, we will be participating and will review a nonfiction text (though it may not always be a picture book).
Be sure to visit Kid Lit Frenzy and see what other nonfiction books are shared this week!


Baseball Is…
Author: Louise Borden
Illustrator: Raul Colon
Published February 18th, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Goodreads Summary: The ultimate celebration of an all-American sport, this picture book captures the joy and the history of baseball;and knocks it out of the park!

Don’t wait for Opening Day to start your baseball season! Crack open Baseball Is…; and revel in the fun of this all-American game! Perfect for the stats-counting superfan and the brand-new little leaguer,Baseball Is…; captures the spirit of this cherished pastime, honoring its legendary past, and eagerly anticipating the future of the sport that is stitched into our history.

My Review: I am a huge baseball fan, have been for over 24 years now, so I am a sucker for baseball books. This one is special though. It captures the beauty of the baseball stadiums around the country, the intricacies of the sport, and the amazing history that baseball holds. I also love the choice of telling baseball’s story in verse. It made it rhythmic like the sport.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: This book is a wonderful mentor text for free verse. The poetry is very rhythmic, but has  no rhyme. The book also has some amazing vocabulary: craftsman, poise, spectators, finesse, etc. It captures the sport through imagery: “the crack of the bat,” “slow stride of the manager,” “groans or boos,” etc.

On top of the poetic aspects of the book, you can learn so much about baseball and history from the book. It discusses greats like Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. Also talks about the Negro and Women’s Leagues. All parts of history in general, not just baseball.

Discussion Questions: How did Jackie Robinson change the game?; Why was their a Women’s League?; What sounds would you hear at a baseball game?

We Flagged: 
“Baseball is our game…
the sport of America.
Its stories are stitched
through our nation’s history.
Its teams and its heroes
we carry in our heart.” (p. 1-2)

Read This If You LovedBarbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, Chin Music by Lee Edelstein, Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio by Robert Skead, Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick, Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise, The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino by Dan Shaughnessy

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12 thoughts on “Baseball Is… by Louise Borden”

  1. Baseball is still “our” sport, isn’t it? I’d love to get this for my grandson, plus want to see Barbed Wire Baseball, too. The books sounds terrific, Kellee!

  2. I am so impressed with the fantastic baseball books that have come out in the past year or so! I like that you add all the other titles at the end – it leaves options for units! Another good one is The Streak by Barb Rosenstock

  3. I am not the hugest baseball fan -it is all about soccer in my house but I love all of these books about sports becoming more and more common.

  4. We have family in the US who are avid baseball fans – I have a feeling their kids who do play baseball in their schools would love knowing about this book. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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