Baseball and Poetry


Lending-Out Baseball Books

Originally uploaded by teachergal

I’m constantly on-the-hunt for poetry that will be meaningful to the boys in my class. Sure, there are tons of humorous poems, but girls like those too. In the past year I’ve found quite a few poetry books that focus on sports that have been added to my classroom’s poetry collection.

Baseball Season started this week, which has caused joy to abound in our household. Last year at this time I recall picking up Becoming Joe DiMaggio, the story of a boy who was torn between being a doctor and a baseball player. I loved it, one of my former students who was obsessed with baseball loved it, and my husband, who loves baseball, was pleased with the book too (although he didn’t love the free verse nature of it).

New this month, I’ve discovered, thanks to a review copy provided by the publisher, Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems. I flipped through it last night and just knew it would be loved by one of my present students who is a baseball fan. The poems are short and teach you, in depth, about the nuances and rules of America’s Favorite Pastime.