#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2023 in partnership with Children’s Book Council is thrilled to kick off our series with Torrey Maldonado who brings a diverse middle grade sports list to inspire greatness.
We also have a giveaway of an inscribed copy of Torrey’s latest book, Hands. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Hands by Torrey Maldonado
Sports: Books Tying Together being the Best in Sports and in Life
Contenders by Traci Sorell
If you want to do real SEL (Social Emotional Learning) work with 6 – 9-year-olds while teaching them history, Contenders is for you. An inspirational true story with riveting imagery about resilience, following your heart despite threats of injustice, and the fight for Native American representation in pro baseball. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
Soccer Queens by Charles R. Smith Jr.
A poetic tribute to soccer’s greatest US athletes. Dynamic rhymes full of energy and life plus award-worthy bold, graphic photo illustrations. Readers will be sparked to find their game and be their best. [middle grade, ages 8 and up]
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
It’s not easy to be your true self, especially when others are against that. A moving book teaching readers they belong on the field, no matter if not everyone agrees. Told through the history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke–the first professional baseball player to come out as gay. [middle grade, ages 10 and up]
The Ashe Brothers: How Arthur and Johnnie Changed Tennis Forever by Judy Allen Dodson, illustrated by David Wilkerson
Success doesn’t happen without help and sometimes hurdles must be overcome toward your goal. The Ashe Brothers show how Arthur Ashe navigated near-impossible hurdles of racism and segregation using his close relationship with his younger brother, Johnnie, to ultimately reach the top of the tennis world. Readers will also see how family means love, sibling rivalry, and unconditional support. [middle grade, ages 8 and up]
Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Champion explains and illustrates a timeless, key truth: fights happen, inside the ring and out. Absorbing art and words about how Ali fought for greatness on his own terms, providing an excellent model for how young people can do the same. [middle grade, ages 8 and up]
Coming Up Short by Laurie Morrison
Coming Up Short takes readers through the heart and mind of one girl as she tries to be the best version of herself when it feels as if everything she loves and her family are falling apart. A tale of how to hold onto what matters as things slip out of your fingers. Readers will relate with and root for Bea while enjoying the world of softball and league championships. [middle grade, ages 10 and up]
The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2023 GIVEAWAY: Inscribed Copy of Hands by Torrey Maldonado
We are giving away an inscribed copy of Torrey’s latest book, Hands. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. We can only mail to U.S. and A.F.O. addresses.
Torrey Maldonado was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects. He has taught in New York City public schools for over 25 years and his fast-paced, compelling stories are inspired by his and his students’ experiences. His popular young readers novels include What Lane?, which won many starred reviews and was cited by Oprah Daily and the NY Times for being essential to discuss racism and allyship; Tight won the Christopher Award, was an ALA Notable Book, and an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year; and his first novel, Secret Saturdays, has stayed in print for over ten years. His newest book, Hands, releases this January and is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Learn more at torreymaldonado.com or connect on social media @torreymaldonado.
Join us for our Read Your World Virtual Party
Thursday, January 26, 2023
9:00 – 10:00 pm EST
We will be giving away 14+ book bundles!