Sunday, March 16, 2008

We Are the Ship - The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

"Seems like we've been playing baseball for a mighty long time."

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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.

Publisher: Jump at the Sun - Hyperion; 88 pages


Anonymous said...

I ran across this book on the Mock Sibert blog at

Since I love Nelson's artwork, I thought it would be interesting to see his work as an author. All I can say is WOW!! I think this book is a must-read; both fascinating and compelling.

Dianna Burt said...

I agree 100%! It is an amazing and informative book. The facts are written so well, that the illustrations seem like delicious icing on a mammmoth, mouth-watering cake. Hmm, maybe I'm a little hungry too.

Teresa said...

The illustrations are beautiful. While I appreciate the collective narrative voice of the ball players, I was left wanting to know more about the individual players. I suppose that is a good thing, to encourage us to research on our own.

Anonymous said...

My company does video news stories on great people with awesome attitudes -- they don't get much better than some of the Negro League players who broke barriers in baseball!

You can see a video we did at MLB's recent symbolic draft of Negro League players, which includes Millito Navarro, Peanut Johnson, Charley Pride and Bill Blair as well as Ken Griffey and Dave Winfield.

I hope you enjoy it!

Mary said...

Thanks, Katy! Very interesting video which ties in nicely with this book.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this book! The pictures, the story, all of it! It's definitely a keeper, and fits the Newberry criteria "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Mary said...

Received via email from Martha S.:

I could see this as a Sibert contender, but the tiny print is not going to attract kids unless they are serious baseball fans. And if it's not accessable to kids, then it shouldn't win the Newbery.