Building a Team: A Baseball Buddies Story

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SKU: BBuds

Coming April 2024!



When Luis joins his new baseball team, the Manatees, things seem hopeless at first. Some of his new teammates— including “loud and obnoxious” home-run slugger Jimmie—are mean to him or to each other. His new coach doesn’t tell the players everything to do like his old coach did. And some of the Manatees seem more interested in goofing off than in sportsmanship or working hard.
Then Coach Joe makes Luis team captain. Will Luis rise to the challenge? Can he get the Manatees to balance working hard and having fun? Will he help his teammates learn to be friends rather than compete with each other?
Baseball Buddies explores the power of working together, what it takes to build a team, and the lasting friendships that form on the baseball field.

152 pages / Ages 8 to 12  / 6" x 8" Hardcover

FREE Discussion Guide available.

2024 Mom's Choice Award GOLD Winner




Readers' Choice Silver Awards

   Star rating: 5 Stars



"Readers follow Luis as he learns leadership skills in a smooth, well-paced narrative that models good communication and
perseverance....A wonderful narrative for readers who love baseball that also offers valuable lessons to those who don’t.
--Kirkus Reviews

"Libraries seeking lively, accessible reads for juveniles will welcome the opportunities presented in Baseball Buddies: Building a Team to introduce classroom and reading group discussion topics to fans of the sport."  --Diane Donovan, Editor, Donovan's Literary Services
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‘Recommended Reading – Donovan’s Bookshelf’

"Building a Team shows readers how the Manatees become better players and people while still having fun. It is a heartwarming story that will make even older readers long to take their glove out and find the nearest baseball diamond."  --Independent Book Review

"If your child loves baseball, they will want to read this book. It shows perfectly how a team grows, how friendships are formed, and the proper way to behave in the sport. or any sport for that matter!   Great images, too!"  --Kameron Brook on Reedsy Discovery


Dyslexic Edition coming soon:  Large-Print Edition available now.

















Price: $16.99
Dimensions: 8 in × 6 in × 0 in