Hit it! A History of African Americans in Baseball
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Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Award Winning book, "We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" by Kadir Nelson
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About The Book WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL

About The Book WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL | Hit it! A History of African Americans in Baseball | Scoop.it
Read about the book We Are The Ship by Artist / Author Kadir Nelson
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The book that inspired this topic, "We are the Ship:the Story of Negro League Baseball" looks at baseball segregation. The Negro leagues were built up over thirty years, beginning in the 1920's, to a major league that rivaled the white major baseball leagues. It's decline began when Jackie Robinson crossed over into the white major leagues and baseball slowly became desegregated in the late 1940's.

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Courtney Davis's comment, April 25, 2013 5:26 PM
I saw that exhibit at the Carle last year! It was so incredible! The art for this book is incredible. I saw the exhibit before I'd read the book, and as astounding as the illustrations are, the large-scale paintings are awe-inspiring. There are almost all about four feet wide, and three feet high, with so much detail. A little of it gets lost when translated to the page...but still, so beautiful!
Amy Dean's comment, April 26, 2013 3:58 PM
Yes, Klara, the artwork is amazing! The illustrations are indeed oil paintings.
Ellen D'Ambruoso's comment, April 30, 2013 4:07 PM
Oh, very cool there is a exhibit that goes with the book. The topic of the book is one you don't hear of very often, so I love introducing it to kids.
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The Art of Kadir Nelson

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Kadir Nelson's website features biographical information, videos, art and more, including a full list of the artist's books.

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5 Questions With… Jonah Winter (YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?!)

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The International Reading Association's blog has published an interview with author Jonah Winter, who writes about Negro League player Willie Mays. The author discusses the importance of Willie May's contribution to baseball. A great resource for older kids and adults who want to know more about the history and the players of the Negro Leagues.

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 9:24 PM
This book looks looks interesting. I wonder what the question mark is about? I also wonder how many players have biographies about them...is it only the top five or ten? So many people worked so hard to gain respect so that baseball could become integrated.
Amy Dean's comment, April 26, 2013 4:01 PM
This series asks the question, "So you've never heard of Wiilie Mays?!" There is another in the series about Sandy Koufax. The series seems to focus on athletes that made waves in history, but are not as well known to the general public.
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Negro league (baseball)

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Any of the associations of African American baseball teams active largely between 1920 and the late 1940s, when black players were at last contracted to play major and minor league baseball. The principal...
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Encyclopedia Britannica provides a concise definition of the Negro Leagues, highlighting particular dates. This entry also provides additional links to information about the Negro National League and the Negro American League.

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nlbpa.com - Home

nlbpa.com - Home | Hit it! A History of African Americans in Baseball | Scoop.it
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The official website of the Negro League Baseball Players Association. This page provides a plethora of information about players, ballparks, teams and history.

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Courtney Davis's comment, April 25, 2013 5:29 PM
I could see a LOT of kids being interested in this resource after reading "We Are The Ship" - I know I felt woefully under-educated about this part of American history after reading!
Amy Dean's comment, April 28, 2013 7:31 PM
I felt that way too, Courtney! This book really enlightened me!
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Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients | American Library Association

Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients | American Library Association | Hit it! A History of African Americans in Baseball | Scoop.it
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Authors and Illustrators
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A history of the American Library Assocation's Coretta Scott King awards.

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Kim Rowley's comment, April 28, 2013 5:36 PM
I think the resources you've chosen for your topic include a lot of great variety and would be useful for a number of audiences. You seemed to have approached the book from every angle, nice work!
Amy Dean's comment, April 28, 2013 7:05 PM
Thanks, Kim!
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Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson, By Editors of TIME For Kids: HarperCollins Children's Books

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"Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson, By Editors of TIME For Kids, a Paperback title from HarperCollins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers."

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This Harper Collins review of the "Time for Kids" Biography on Jackie Robinson is to aid teachers and librarians with collection development and reader's advisory. The review provides a "look inside" feature that grants readers a preview of the book, including full color illustrations. Kids would also enjoy clicking through the pages and sampling text and pictures.

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Courtney Davis's comment, April 25, 2013 5:27 PM
I like the idea of having a kid-friendly review that's also interactive. Is this something that Harper Collins does all the time?
Amy Dean's comment, April 26, 2013 4:06 PM
Hi Courtney! I checked out some other book reviews on the website and they all seem to have the "look inside" feature that allows kids to preview the book, or even read it online. There are also other cool additions to the website like games and printables: http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/Kids/GamesAndContests/
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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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While the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is in Missouri, this website provides historical information about the leagues and player profiles. The museum also gives detailed information on outreach programs at local schools that can be adapted to serve as educational lessons at any school or library.

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Hank Aaron

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Statistics, Gamelogs, Splits and much more
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Baseball Reference.com is an amazing informational resource! The webpage has tons of statistical information on batting averages, standard fielding, awards, leader boards and more for hard core baseball fans! Also provided is biographical information on players, teams, managers, etc.  The page I've featured here is for Hank Aaron, a Negro League player who crossed over to Major League Baseball in the 1950's.

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"Kadir Nelson: We Are the Ship"

For many decades, baseball - like a lot of activities in the United States - was segregated along racial lines. African American players were banned from pla...
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This YouTube video features the book's author, Kadir Nelson discussing his book, the history behind it, how the book got its name and also highlights his realistic painted illustrations. Kadir describes his book as a "celebration of the independent spirit" of the Negro National Leagues, not "a bitter retelling of how terrible it was for them to play baseball."

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 9:20 PM
Kadir Nelson's paintings bring new life to a time period that is usually represented by black and white photographs. this brief interview is excellent, and provides great insight into how the artist gathered information about the subject, and also how much attention he paid to details of costume, as well as how he chose which moments to portray.
Amy Dean's comment, April 28, 2013 7:34 PM
Yes, I love how this interview covers so much information in a short amount of time. I had that in mind when thinking about the intended audience of librarians and teachers who have time constraints when presenting, recommending or researching materials.
Liz MacNeil's comment, April 28, 2013 9:14 PM
I think it’s so cool that Kadir Nelson provides so much fascinating information about his process. If I remember correctly, there’s an author’s note where he also shares some really interesting stuff, and it really enhanced the experience of reading the book for me.