Themed Reading: 15 Baseball Books that are BIG Hits

Oh, how I love themed reading! When I think of summer themes, baseball is one of my very favorites. It feels so All-American and nostalgic. I can’t help it, A League of Their Own is one of my favorite movies. There is no shortage of baseball themed books out there. I placed a bunch on hold to find the ones that were a hit, and it wasn’t hard to find some really great books. Baseball has such a rich history and I was so surprised at how many different topics from history we could explore through baseball. It was fun to read all the tales of extraordinary people and events surrounding baseball.

Of course a stack of themed books are even more fun when you read them with a themed snack. There is no shortage of yummy baseball snacks that you could munch on while you enjoy a good reading session. Popcorn, cracker jacks, peanuts, Baby Ruth candy bars and soft pretzels would all work. If you are really committed to the theme or planning a party, these mini baseball hat bowls are perfect for serving snacks or ice cream! Of course if you want to make a lunch out of it you could always serve hot dogs!

Baseball Picture Books

Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick- We loved this true story about an all brothers baseball team who played in the 1930s.

Inspired by the American Girls Professional Baseball league in the 1940s, and the popular song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey will give you all the League of their Own feels!

Another book by Audrey Vernick, She Loved Baseball: The Etta Manley Story is a wonderful biography about a woman whose passion for baseball was both inspiring and impactful!

Another wonderful biography, The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Changed the Game by Nancy Churin is the inspiring tale of a deaf player persevered and brought about changes to the game.

Once again, Audrey Vernick brings us another hit in The Kid from Diamond Street, based on the true story of a 10 year old girl that played in the professional women’s league.

Mama Played Baseball by David Adler is another story of the war era Women’s Baseball league told from the perspective of a little girl whose mother plays baseball while her father is away fighting.

Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy by Phil Bildner tells the fun tale of one of the greatest hitters, and his beloved bat, Black Betsy.

No list of baseball books would be complete without one about Babe Ruth, and Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares tells the story of how George Herman Ruth became Babe Ruth in a captivating way.

With classic Chris Van Dusen flair, Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit is a fun and imaginative baseball themed adventure.

Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Uhlberg is a heartfelt story of father son bonding over baseball during the Jackie Robinson era.

Barry Wittenstein gives us a peak into how the Civil Rights Movement effected Major League Baseball and in Waiting For Pumpsie.

The Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman is a fun story with wonderful illustrations that captures the excitement and rivalry of baseball in New York in the 1920s.

Baseball Chapter Books

If you are looking for baseball themed chapter books check out: Magic Tree House- A Big Day for Baseball, The Hero Tow Doors Down, or the Ballpark Mystery Series by David Kelly. We enjoyed all three!

Here is printable list of our top baseball books to make placing holds a little bit easier!

So, do you love a little summer baseball? What reading theme would be quintessential for you?

Happy Reading,



Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.