If you have a young biker in your life, you should pick up a copy of My First Bicycle Book (Cico Kidz, $14.95). The four sections— Biking Basics, Bike Maintenance, Have Fun on Your Bike, and the Science of Bikes— of this bright, comprehensive guide from Susan Akass will give any young rider confidence and independence. From practical information like the mountain biking “attack position” and how to pump tires and put your chain back on, to fun activities and challenges like how to pop a wheelie and customize your bike, this “first” volume is packed with enough information and fun to be your last. Ages 7-12. EAE
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781782490371
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Published: CICO Books - July 11th, 2013

Both Satchel Paige and Joe DiMaggio have Something to Prove (Carolrhoda Books, $16.95) in Robert Skead’s first picture book. As an African American, Satch, one of baseball’s greatest pitchers, is not allowed to play in the major leagues; Joltin’ Joe is a promising rookie who has yet to substantiate his touted abilities. An actual exhibition game played in 1936 gave each the chance to highlight his extraordinary skills. Despite the final score, each athlete expressed sincere appreciation for the other’s past and potential contributions to the game. Enhanced by Floyd Cooper’s illustrations, this is a beautiful picture book and a worthy addition to any baseball fan’s collection. Ages 7-11. RBB
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By Rob Skead, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761366195
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - January 1st, 2013

Babe Ruth’s prowess on the baseball diamond is legendary. Fewer fans, however, know of his turbulent childhood, the story Matt Tavares both authors and illustrates in Becoming Babe Ruth (Candlewick, $16.99). Young George Ruth was a troublemaker and found himself enrolled in Baltimore’s Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. The combination of a strict regimen and the caring guidance of Brother Mattias, a baseball player himself, provided just what George needed to channel his bigger-than-life personality and exceptional athletic ability onto the path to stardom. As a professional player, Babe Ruth continued to support Brother Mattias and his school. This volume celebrates Babe’s extraordinary talents as well as his lesser-known kindness and generosity. Ages 7-10. RBB
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By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763656461
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Published: Candlewick - February 12th, 2013

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