January 31: Jackie Robinson. DAD, JACKIE, AND ME

Jackie Robinson, baseball player
January 1, 1919 – October 24, 1972

Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg, illustrated by Colin Bootman (Peachtree, 2010).

Jackie Robinson was the first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers and he was the first black player in Major League Baseball. Uhlberg pays tribute to Jackie Robinson and how this athlete brought together a deaf father with his hearing son and inspired the entire New York community in the summer of 1947.

January 31: STEALING HOME: JACKIE ROBINSON: AGAINST THE ODDS

Jackie Robinson, baseball player
Jan. 31, 1919-Oct. 24, 1972

 Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2007).

In the 1955 World Series, Jackie Robinson steals home and Burleigh captures this intense moment in history. The text also includes snippets of Robinson’s early life, career highlights and introduces young readers to the segregated nature of baseball during this time period.