I always love to find a new nonfiction sports book to add to our sports basket, so I bought this one when I saw it. Sports Illustrated for Kids seems to publish stuff that is really interesting for kids. I figured (just by the cover) that kids would like Baseball: Then to Wow! but when I opened it I realized how packed it was with single-page spreads that I could use for mini lessons and small group instruction too.
The visuals in this book are BRILLIANT. Every page focuses on a different topic and then shows how things have changed over the years. Some pages, show a timeline--for example the page on Catcher's Masks starts in the 1870s and goes decade by decade showing what they looked like and some facts about them over the years. Another page, The Five-Tool Player compares two players in a Then and Now table. Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout.
I don't know a lot about baseball but this book is engaging as a reader because of the amount of information and the way it is displayed. There is a lot for kids in this book. First of all, I think they will just enjoy it for the book that it is. It is a great read packed with fascinating info. As readers, they can learn a lot about how to read visuals--there is such a variety of visual information that I can see using several pages in lessons as we learn to navigate nonfiction. I also think as writers, they'll want to try some things out. I have lots of kids who write about sports and start out in pretty traditional ways. This gives them new ways to think about how they might best share information with readers.
This book is packed with information as well as real photos, artifacts, maps and more. It is definitely going to be one of my go-to nonfiction texts next year. (If you go to the book on Amazon, you can "Look Inside" and see some of the visuals.)