Homerun! Baseball Books for Kids

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The Pirate Parrot, the mascot for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, cheers next to the Pirates Tales logo.

Do you miss going to the ballpark to root, root, root for our home team? We do too!

Each year the Pittsburgh Pirates, through the Pirates Tales reading program, rewards kids and teens who complete their summer reading goals with a visit to the ballpark. While we can’t read our way to see the Pirates play at PNC Park this summer, we can check out these books about baseball and cheer them on to victory (from a distance of course!).

Let’s go Bucs!

These titles are recommended for kids in grades K-5.

You can sign up for a free library card here. If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.  

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Barbed Wire Baseball

Traces the childhood dream of Japanese-American baseball pioneer Kenichi Zenimura of playing professionally and his family’s struggles in a World War II internment camp where he introduces baseball to raise hope. This title is also available as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

The Fenway Foul-up

Thanks to Kate’s mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they’re watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen . . . right in front of dozens of people. This title is also available as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Pittsburgh Pirates

This title discuses the history, memorable wins, star players, and important coaches of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

Roberto & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

Stosh travels back to 1969 to try to prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a legendary baseball player and humanitarian, but upon his return to the present, he meets his own great-grandson who takes him into the future, and what he finds there is more shocking than anything he has encountered in his travels to the past. This title is also available as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Who Was Roberto Clemente?

Traces the life and accomplishments of the professional baseball player, from his heroics on the field to his humanitarian efforts and his untimely death. This title is also available as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby.