Baseball

Kadir Nelson, Passionate Illustrator

Listen and watch a video of Kadir Nelson and you will get to know one of the most wonderful children’s book illustrators of our time. The soft-spoken Nelson has accomplished, before the age of 30, many things. He has worked on a Stephen Spielberg film, Amistad, and won the Caldecott Honor Award for Illustration for Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom, in 2007 and in 2008, won it again for Henry’s Freedom Box: a True Story from the Underground Railroad.

Born in Washington, D.C, Kadir began drawing at the age of 3 and at the age of 12 was apprenticed to his uncle, an artist and art instructor himself. Nelson won many contests and ultimately won a scholarship to and attended the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives and works in San Diego, California.

Nelson has a passion for African Americans and their plight and has illustrated beautifully many books and has created many works of art for celebrities that have sought him out.

Michael's golden rules

By Deloris and Roslyn Jordan ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Jonathan's friend Michael, Michael's parents, and Jonathan's family help him do his best in the Badgers' big baseball game.
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We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball

By words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron.

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Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
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Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
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Summerland

By Michael Chabon

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Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy. Ages 9-14.
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Keeping Score

By Linda Sue Park

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In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a "Bums" (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.
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Painting the Black

By Carl Deuker

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When star athlete Josh Daniels moves in across the street, Remy Ward doesn't realize how much his life will change during his senior year at Seattle's Crown Hill High.
 

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Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

By Sharon Robinson

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A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter.

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All the Broken Pieces

By Ann E. Burg

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Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past. 

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Out Standing In My Field

By Patrick Jennings

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Although fifth-grader Ty Cutter is named after baseball great Ty Cobb, he is the worst player on the Brewer's team - which happens to be coached by his overly-competitive father. 

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