Nelson, K. (2008). We are the ship: The story of negroe league baseball. New York: Hyperion Books for Children

Annotation: This book was about the life and struggles of baseball players that were a part of a segregated black baseball league from the 1920s until 1947. The white and black baseball leagues conformed into one when a black baseball player, Jackie Robinson, proved his abilities to be able to play in the white league.

Genre: non-fiction

Grade: 4,5

Readers who will like this book: This book is good for readers looking to learn more about the history of baseball. This book is also good for readers that are looking for heroes that created equality in baseball.

Response/ Rating: I would rate this book a 5 (1-5). I loved the illustrations by Kadir Nelson. I also loved how this book covered what an average day was like for a black baseball player back then. It also included lists of amazing baseball players that aren’t recognized by many people.  It was crazy to hear how segregated the leagues were and how different the athletes were treated. I learned a lot from this book.

Question: What was one person that you think made a positive impact for the black baseball league?