S Is for Slugger: The Ultimate Baseball Alphabet (ABC to MVP)

by James Littlejohn (Author)

S Is for Slugger: The Ultimate Baseball Alphabet (ABC to MVP)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: ABC to MVP

Batter up! The creators of B is for Baller and G is for Golazo are back with a dynamic, colorful parade of baseball legends. Featuring dozens of superstars and historical figures like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ken Griffey Jr., and David Ortiz, S is for Slugger is the ultimate ABC book for budding baseball fans.

The perfect way to teach baseball to the little slugger in your life.  

More in the ABC to MVP series: 

  • B is for Baller 

  • G is for Golazo  

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Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--Serious baseball fans will love this comprehensive, vividly illustrated alphabet book featuring specific baseball lore and culture as well as some of the biggest names in the game. The format provides a wide-reaching scope of topics. Each letter highlights a different player or players and explains why they were so well known. Some of the letters include historical information; "P" is for pioneers includes Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the Major Leagues, and Mamie Johnson, the first woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues. Some pages mention game-specific vocabulary ("K" is for strikeout). The artwork is visually striking--bold colors and hard lines give a nod to the superhero status of some baseball players. Readers will enjoy some of the wordplay visuals that accompany each letter: "Z" is for Zzzzz and shows the Sandman, Mariano Rivera, putting bats to bed while "H" for Hammering Hank Aaron depicts the Hall of Famer holding an extra-large hammer like a baseball bat. The ABC format is an interesting choice. The text is short and to the point, but the background knowledge needed to make sense of the information will limit the readership. VERDICT The ABC format of the book suggests this book is targeted at the youngest readers, but they will need someone with plenty of background knowledge in baseball and baseball lore for some of it to make sense.--Debbie Tanner, S D Spady Montessori Elementary, FL

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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James Littlejohn
James Littlejohn is a writer, father, and fan of inside-the-park home runs. At this point, he's not really sure what he's supposed to do with all the baseball cards he got as a kid. Matthew Shipley is an illustrator whose art has appeared in projects from Major League Soccer, ESPN, Bleacher Report, TheTwoPointOne, and The Globe and Mail, among others. With James Littlejohn, he is the creator of B is for Baller: The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet and G is for Golazo: The Ultimate Soccer Alphabet.
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Triumph Books (IL)
Publication date
April 20, 2020

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