In honor of baseball’s opening day, we are looking at a couple of baseball books each one told in verse. I suppose that baseball has a long tradition with verse from Take Me Out to the Ballpark to Casey at Bat. It is great that I can share these books in the month of April which many celebrate as Poetry Month.
Poem Runs: Baseball Poems by Douglas Florian is a set of poems featuring different players on the baseball diamond including the umpire, the baseball, even the warm-up. The poems are creative, fun, and alive. Along with each poem is a beautiful illustration, sometimes integrating shape poetry. While these poems are simple and short, they are precise in their knowledge about baseball, describing the ins and outs of the game. One poem features a second baseman who loves to work the double play, another tells about the right fielder; sometimes know as being the least important on the field. My husband, a first basemen, particularly appreciated the poem about his position. This book is perfect as a read aloud, like most poetry, but also would be very accessible to young independent readers. Highly recommended for read alouds and elementary readers grades 2-5.