Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball
Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball is one of the books in author Ken Christofora’s series of baseball books aimed at children considering, or just starting, to play organized baseball. In this book, we meet young Nick, who is very, very excited for his first baseball practice with his coach and teammates. He thinks about baseball all week long, until practice day finally arrives. There, he meets Coach. Turns out that many of his friends are on his team, too. Coach teaches them the basics of what it means to be on a team together from putting your name inside your cap to learning your uniform number. Coach goes over properly warming up and stretching your body before playing baseball and teaches them the correct way to do jumping jacks. Nick learns how to run the bases, too. They all go to the bleachers, and Coach gives them all a little quiz, which readers also get to take inside the book. Nick is very tired from his first day of baseball. Read the book to find out just how tired he is.
What I liked best about this book was the diversity of the baseball team ethnicities and gender. Christofora doesn’t limit the team to only boys. He captivates his young audience by first creating a sort of wheres Waldo on the pages, encouraging readers to see how many baseballs they can find in Nick’s room. Nearly every page has a bubble caption on it with baseball tips. The illustrations are well done, however, I did find the font used on top of the detailed illustrations got a bit lost and was difficult to read. The quiz in the back of the book is sure to be a delight for first-time young readers, as well as the autograph page. Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball, no doubt, shows this authors passion for baseball and educating young children about a game he loves.