Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream

08.04.2017

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this summer title with your child.

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream is appropriate for children of all ages.

Summary:

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream is the true story of Marcenia Lyle, a young African American girl who grew up to become the first woman to play professional baseball. Marcenia loves baseball, and she is very good at it. But everyone likes to remind her that girls aren’t allowed to play baseball and that she should try playing with dolls instead. Marcenia doesn’t give up on her dream, and when a baseball scout for the St. Louis Cardinals comes to recruit kids for camp, Marcenia shows him what she is capable of! Author Crystal Hubbard and illustrator Randy Duburke do justice to the amazing story of an amazing girl who grew up to become Tori Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Take a Picture Walk:

Before you read Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream ask your reader to flip through the pages. As they’re looking, ask them questions about what they’re seeing on the pages. Where are the characters, what are they doing, and what do you think is happening are great questions to spark comprehension and engagement when sharing a story.

Do this with your child:

After you read Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream talk with your child about baseball. Have they ever played, baseball, t-ball, softball. Have they watched a local team or a sibling play a game? Talk about the rules of the game then run outside and practice hitting and catching!

If you’re interested in sharing Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream with your child you can find it from Lee & Low here.

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