Title: Dad, Jackie, and Me

Reference: Uhlberg, M., & Bootman, C. (2005). Dad, Jackie, and me. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Brief Annotation: This book is about Jackie Robinson being the first black man to play in major league baseball. It talks about a young boy who waits to see the Dodgers, and to see Jackie Robinson play ball in person. His dad tells him in sign language that they are going to see Jackie Robinson at the stadium. In the end his dad, who had never played baseball, caught a ball that flew into the stands. This book won a Schneider Family Book Award.

Genre: Sports Fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who might like this: Readers who are interested in baseball, and Jackie Robinson would enjoy this book. This book is especially good for children of color or deaf children in the classroom who need to see themselves represented in their readings.

Rating/Response: This book gets a 4 out of 4. It gives insight into two diverse cultures. It shows deaf and African American struggles in this time. This book is well written, and illustrated. It is educational, and shows the struggles and experiences that Jackie Robinson faced in major league baseball.

Text Dependent Question: What does that dad call Jackie?