Basketball Books – Three Winners

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In honor of the Duke Blue Devils… a team in which I have a love/hate relationship.  I loved them in the early nineties when my brother attended Duke.  In the late nineties, my allegiance changed because I enrolled in library school at UNC-Chapel Hill.  In theory, Duke is my arch enemy.  However,some of my favorite people, including ML, are fans.  With a 9:18 tip-off, I’m not telling ML the NCAA championship game is tonight.  As a mother, I would like Duke to win.  My grumpy, non-morning person child would actually smile before I dropped her at school.  As a Tarheel, I hope Wisconsin wins by twenty-five.  Either way, I’m content.

Here’s a few books about basketball.  Each one is deserving of a championship title.

Hoop Genius:  How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy and illustrations by Joe Morse – Don’t miss this illustrated, non-fiction book.  It chronicles the beginnings of basketball through simple text and historically accurate illustrations.  Compare the clothing throughout the book with the last illustration in the book.   A unique and refreshing approach for teaching the history of basketball.

Long Shot: Never Too Small To Dream Big by Chris Paul and illustrated by Frank Morrison – An autobiographical picture book by NBA star Chris Paul.  Picture books written by celebrities are usually disappointing; but this one is a slam dunk.  The story is well written and the illustrations highlight the anxiety of basketball tryouts and the elation when one makes the team.

H.O.R.S.E.  A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers – This book reminds me of the many times my brother and I played H.O.R.S.E in our driveway as children.  The players in this book are more creative in their shots; but the trash talk is similar to what you would have found at our house in the eighties.  As always, Christopher Myers illustrations are out of this world.


I Got the Rhythm

I Got The Rhythm

Recently my friend shared a Huffington Post article titled Pediatricians Call For Parents to Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day.  My response to my friend…

“I first noticed this at our last well visit. The doctor made a big deal about it. Unfortunately, ML took it a little too seriously. She’s more interested in me reading to her than reading a book on her own. Last night, I tried to get her to start a new chapter book by giving her a variety of choices. She batted her eyes and said, “But I want us to read these together.” Since I was coughing uncontrollably, I was able to convince her to read a few picture books to her stuffed animals. She made me close the door. But of course I stuck my ear to the door to listen.”

The book I overheard ML reading was I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  “On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girls hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other children join her.”

ML had the rhythm; and I can’t wait to get the rhythm at story time.  I guarantee you I Got the Rhythm will be a story time hit.  Tomorrow, the preschoolers at my library will sniff, sniff.. snap, snap… knock, knock and more. I anticipate smiles on the faces of the children in story time as big as the smiles on the beautifully illustrated children in this book.