Question: Why does it get hot after a baseball game?
Answer: Because all the fans leave!
(If you want to take a swing at a few baseball jokes yourself, check out Baseball Jokes by Pam Rosenberg for more. You’ll be the hit of the dugout!)
Now, down to the business of baseball – a great summer pastime, whether you play in a league or just like to throw the ball around with friends. Winnipeg Public Library loves the baseball + summer pairing, and we have some great family-friendly summer activities and new baseball books to help get you warmed up and ready for your turn at bat!
If you have any young baseball fans at home, make sure you get them signed up for the TD Summer Reading Club, a fun bilingual reading club for children ages 0-12! It’s free to join, just head to your nearest branch to get your kit. For every 5 days of reading marked off on the calendar, kids get a ballot entry for our summer prize draws! One of the prizes is tickets to a Winnipeg Goldeyes game on Sunday, July 28, which is Library Day at the Ballpark!
And, since the Winnipeg Goldeyes love to read, they’ll be joining us at the branches below to read stories! Click on the image below to register.
In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname Tubby. She made the team and changed Little League forever. A great story about what it means to want to do something so badly you’re willing to break the rules to do it and how breaking the rules can lead to change.
This nonfiction baseball picture book is a great, inspirational way to celebrate the upcoming baseball season.
No Fear! by Steve Moore
Volume 1 of the King of the Bench series follows the experiences of benchwarmer Steve, who struggles to conquer his fear of getting hit with a baseball before his first year on the school team is ruined. Reminiscent of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, it’s a good choice for sports fans and benchwarmers alike!
The rhino in right field by Stacy DeKeyser
Growing up in 1948 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nick wants to change his life. For twelve years, he’s done what his hard-working, immigrant parents want him to do. Now he’s looking for his own American dream and he thinks he’s found it. The local baseball team is having a batboy contest, and Nick wants to win.
But the contest is on a Saturday–the day Nick has to work in his father’s shop. There’s one other tiny–well, not so tiny–problem. A 2,000-pound rhinoceros named Tank. Nick and his friends play ball in the city zoo–and Tank lives just beyond the right field fence. Nick’s experience getting the ball out of Tank’s pen has left him frozen with fear whenever a fly ball comes his way.
This book mixes history with sports, along with friendship and the encouragement to work hard for the things that matter most to you.
Swing by Kwame Alexander
Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years. When Noah finds old love letters, Walt hatches a plan to woo Sam. But as Noah’s love life and Walt’s baseball career begin, the letters alter everything.
Have any favourite baseball books or jokes you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!