In the summer of 1941, a nervous American population watched the European conflict from afar. But New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio offered a welcome respite from the worries of a concerned nation. The Streak (Calkins Creek, $16.95) began quietly. Using his special bat, nicknamed Betsy Ann, DiMaggio hit successfully in game after game. The record was broken at 42, but Joe continued to make contact. His ultimate record of 56 games thrilled a nation and is unlikely ever to be broken. Author Barb Rosenstock adds poignancy to this often-told historical achievement as she portrays the mental anguish DiMaggio endured during the streak. Terry Widener’s impressionistic illustrations are spectacular. This book is, well… a “hit.” Ages 7-10. Renée Bosco

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By Barb Rosenstock, Terry Widener (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781590789926
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Published: Calkins Creek - March 1st, 2014

If the first athlete you think of when you hear the name “Babe” is Babe Ruth, no one could really blame you, but after reading Babe Conquers the World (Calkins Creek, $16.95) you might have some misgivings about who is the most important Babe in sports. This biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace is fast-paced and entertaining, just like Babe herself. Babe was a complicated figure: she won many Olympic gold medals, set many world records, and tore down many barriers against women in sports, but she was also brash and egotistical. The Wallaces don’t just chronicle Babe’s deeds, they depict her in all her complexity, and include important moments from history as well, bringing Babe’s era to life and contextualizing how impressive her achievements were.  Ages 9-12.  Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9781590789810
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Published: Calkins Creek - March 1st, 2014

Stats! The Greatest Numbers in Sports (Sports Illustrated, $14.95) is a must for any sports fan. Impressive photographs and appealing graphics highlight the extraordinary feats of athletes past and present. Cy Young really won 511 games in his professional baseball career? And Secretariat, one of only eleven horses to win the Triple Crown, still holds the course records at all three venues… forty years later? Unbelievable! Each reader will finish the book with a favorite statistic, but be impressed by nearly all the awesome feats compiled by Sports Illustrated Kids. Ages 7-15. RBB
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ISBN: 9781618930392
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Published: Sports Illustrated Kids - July 23rd, 2013