August 17 Birthday: Jorge Posada. PLAY BALL!

Jorge Posada, athlete
Aug. 17, 1971-

Play Ball! by Jorge Posada with Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Raul Colon (Simon& Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2006)

Dreams can come true. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada’s perseverance and hard work are captured in this story based on his childhood in Puerto Rico. Way cool–this book is also available in Spanish.

To learn more about Jorge Posada’s stats, visit Baseball-Reference.

August 17 Birthday: Elinor Smith. SOAR ELINOR

Elinor Smith, aviator
August 17, 1911- March 19, 2010

Soar, Elinor by Tami Lewis Brown, illustrated by Francois Roca. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.

Pioneering aviator, Elinor Smith, took her first airplane ride at the age of six. By ten she was taking lessons and at fifteen flew her first solo. A daredevil and a record-breaker, Elinor Smith soared.

The Woman Pilot Magazine features an article with photographs about the amazing Smith.