Sunday, April 14, 2013

42- Connect your reading with the new hit biographical movie about Jackie Robinson

Are you planning to take your Williams student to the movies this vacation week? The new movie about the life of the Brooklyn Dodgers and baseball's first African-American player, Jackie Robinson, is a hot choice. He not only changed the games he played in, he also changed lives and was an inspirational leader.  You can find lots of books about Robinson in our library. Check one out.

From our biography section:

A picture book of Jackie Robinson by David Adler

Promises to keep : how Jackie Robinson changed America

Let's meet Jackie Robinson by Helen Frost

Stealing home : Jackie Robinson, against the odds by Sharon Robinson

Teammates by Peter Golenbock

When Jackie and Hank met by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

From our fiction and picture book section:

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Lord

Jackie and me : a baseball card adventure by Dan Gutman

Luke goes to bat by Rachel Isadora

Play ball, Jackie! by Stephen Krensky

Other titles of interest:
Shadow ball : a history of the Negro leagues by Geoffrey Ward

Negro leagues : all-Black baseball by Emily Brooks

Fair ball! : 14 great stars from baseball's Negro leagues by Jonah Winter

My favorite is Teammates. The scene that describes the moment when Robinson is being mercilessly taunted in Cincinnati is powerful and poignant. His teammate Pee Wee Reese makes a courageous move by going over to Robinson's position and putting his arm around Robinson in a show of support and anti-racism. You can learn more about Pee Wee Reese at:
Pee Wee Reese Quotes

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