All Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball

by Audrey Vernick (Author) Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

The remarkable story of Larry Doby, the first Black baseball player in the American League. In 1947, Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Black player in the American leagues. He endured terrible racism, both from fans and his fellow teammates. Despite this, he became a unifying force on and off the field, and went on to become a seven-time All Star.

Illustrated with Cannaday Chapman's bold, stylized illustrations, this exceptional biography tells the story of an unsung hero who not only opened doors for those behind him, but set amazing records during his Hall of Fame career. More significantly, it examines the long fight to overcome racism in sports and our culture at large, a fight that is far from over.

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Chapman’s textured digital art effectively makes use of interesting perspectives to create striking visuals...An important story that we still have a lot to learn from. 
Audrey Vernick
Audrey Vernick has written more than a dozen books for young readers. An avid baseball fan, she lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey. Visit her website at

Steven Salerno has illustrated twenty-two picture books, some of which he also wrote. He lives in New York City. Visit his website at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
January 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF053140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Prejudice & Racism
JNF007020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
JNF025210 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/20th Century
JNF054010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
Library of Congress categories

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