Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience--Sports

Annotation:Explore biographies of famous black athletes who broke records and barriers and, ultimately, captured our imaginations.

End Zone
End Zone By Barber, Tiki (Book - 2012 ) j BARBER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Co-captains Tiki and Ronde Barber lead their junior high teammates to the Virginia state football championship.

Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk By Stoudemire, Amar'e (Book - 2013 ) j STOUDEMIR 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:When some of the older kids get on Amar'e for not being able to dunk, he sets a goal to make that happen soon. But when Amar'e's playing time is put on hold, he'll have to come to terms with all of the other things he's been neglecting. Part of the STAT (Standing Tall and Talented) series.

Long Shot
Long Shot Never Too Small to Dream Big By Paul, Chris (Book - 2009 ) jE PAUL 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Although he is shorter than most of his classmates and everyone discourages him from trying out for the basketball team, eight-year-old Chris just works harder than everyone else so his size will not matter.

Who Was Jackie Robinson?
Who Was Jackie Robinson? By Herman, Gail (Book - 2011 ) j 796.357092 R66h 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Profiles Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American to play major league baseball.

Something to Prove
Something to Prove The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio By Skead, Robert (Book - 2013 ) j 796.3570922 P1429s 2013 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call, Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African-American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio.

Just as Good
Just as Good How Larry Doby Changed America's Game By Crowe, Chris (Book - 2012 ) jE CROWE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:An African American family in Cleveland, Ohio, listens on their new radio to the first game of the 1948 World Series, in which Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, won the game for the Cleveland Indians.

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