The story of an often overlooked athlete, Lizzie Murphy, known as the Queen of the Diamond (Margaret Ferguson, $17.99), is related in this colorful volume. As a child Lizzie was relegated to the ignominious position of “girl batboy” on her brother’s all-boy team. Finally, because of his unfailing support, the team gave her a “try.” The rest is history. Author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully has crafted Murphy’s inspiring story into a book that anyone, sports fan or not, can enjoy. Supplemental information and a photograph of Lizzie in uniform at the close help bring this illustrious character to life. Ages 5-8. Renee Bosco

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ISBN: 9780374300074
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 17th, 2015

“You throw like a girl” has notoriously been considered derogatory. Pitcher Mo’ne Davis has turned this perceived insult into the ultimate compliment. Davis played basketball, baseball, and soccer for her neighborhood team in inner-city Philadelphia, where her coach taught his players to value education and respect their teammates and opponents. With author Hilary Beard, Davis chronicles her story—which culminates in the first shutout by a girl in the Little League World Series—in Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name (HarperCollins, $16.99). Davis has handled the resulting attention with humility, and is a role model for all, regardless of gender or athletic prowess. Ages 8-12. Renee Bosco

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ISBN: 9780062397522
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Published: HarperCollins - March 17th, 2015

Making it to the Big Leagues is a dream for any baseball player. Sharing this thrill with one’s brother is nearly too good to be true. In the Dominican Republic, Growing Up Pedro (Candlewick, $16.99) meant living in the shadow of Pedro Martinez’s bigger, stronger brother, Ramon, who was drafted by the Dodgers. With sheer determination and tenacity, Pedro followed his brother into the major leagues and eventually became a star pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Author and illustrator Matt Tavares adds to his hits in baseball literature with this picture book about a recent legendary southpaw, just elected to the hall of fame. Ages 8-12. Renee Bosco

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By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763668242
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Published: Candlewick - February 10th, 2015