Lucy is playing catch with her family at the park when she is invited to join her friends’ baseball team.
Their friendly coach teaches them the basics of offense and defense as they practice catching, hitting and fielding. Then they use these skills in a real game, where Lucy must overcome her fear of getting hit by the ball. With encouragement from Coach Al, Lucy steps up to the plate and gives her best swing. Playing a big part in the game’s exciting finish, Lucy realizes what makes baseball such a fun sport to play with family and friends.
Lucy Tries Baseball is the sixth title in the Lucy Tries Sports series, following books about basketball, hockey, soccer, short track and luge. The series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.
“I loved Lucy Tries Baseball! Makes me wish I was still coaching! Lisa does a wonderful job encouraging kids to try different sports, and with this one being about baseball, I’d have to say it’s my favourite. The more we can all do to help our kids be active, the better!” – Dan Shulman, Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play announcer and sportscaster
“I really enjoyed Lucy Tries Baseball! Lisa identifies the struggle that children go through when trying something new and overcoming insecurities, while explaining some of the intricacies of the great game of baseball. Let’s keep our kids active!” – Chris Reitsma, former Major League Baseball pitcher
“As a father of four, I can’t encourage my kids enough to stay off their screens and get as much physical activity as possible. This book will be a great motivator for them and so many other kids to savor all the beautiful life lessons that baseball teaches us. Bonus points for the Fast Facts, including a great definition of a chopper!” – Adnan Virk, host on MLB Network
“This book captures so many of the elements that make sports great: they’re challenging, intimidating and ultimately rewarding for young children. Lucy’s journey around the basepath is a reminder of how much we all need to be encouraging our youth to be active, to play and to be good teammates to one another. Lucy Tries Baseball, like our favourite hitter, is a home run!” – Arash Madani, Toronto Blue Jays TV sideline reporter
“Lucy Tries Baseball is a great book for kids. Sport teaches us life lessons, like how to battle through when things get tough. Lucy is a great example of what it looks like to persevere through different challenges. I hope you enjoy this book as much as my kids and I do!” – Justin Morneau, former Major League Baseball infielder, American League MVP and father of five
“A helpful baseball primer that’s sure to be a big hit.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Young readers from all over the world can identify with Lucy and her teammates…In this quick story, Bowes and Hearne teach readers the basics and the love of the game of baseball. Highly Recommended.” – CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Appealing cartoon illustrations and simple text offer a fast-moving overview of the game…Emphasizing inclusion and playing for fun, this title will be a hit with preschool and primary grade readers.” – School Library Journal