Mary Garber was a pioneer in the pantheon of women sportswriters. With clear and concise, yet thoroughly engaging prose, author Sue Macy chronicles Garber’s life and career, from playing tackle football as a child in the 1920s to becoming an acclaimed sports journalist for the Twin City Sentinel. C.F. Payne’s illustrations, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, are profoundly expressive and further enhance Macy’s text. In the face of chauvinism and discrimination in both the press box and the locker room, we see Miss Mary Reporting (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99) and breaking down barriers like a running back sheds tacklers. Ages 5-9.
Usually, saying a child can’t sit still isn’t meant as a compliment. In the case of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99), however, the boundless energy that got Nadia Comaneci into scrapes as a small child also powered her rise to fame as a gymnast. In 1976, not only did she win five Olympic medals; she also received seven perfect scores. Karlin Gray chronicles the often bumpy, but never boring path that let Nadia from her childhood in a small Romanian village to the cover of TIME, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated (all in the same week!). Christine Davenier’s illustrations embody the movement at the heart of this inspiring story, one that will delight anyone who’s ever been asked, “Why can’t you just sit still?” Ages 6-9.
No athletic ability is necessary to hit it out of the park with the new Sports Illustrated Kids cookbook Ballpark Eats: Recipes Inspired by America’s Baseball Stadiums (Capstone Young Readers, $15.95). Each National and American league team is represented by mouth-watering photographs and recipes for its ballpark’s specialties, including traditional Boston Franks at Fenway Park and the more exotic Sandwich Sushi available at Seattle’s Safeco Field. Author Katrina Jorgensen includes a “condiment quiz” and humorous Hall of Fame Foodie Trivia– yes, Babe Ruth would really eat twelve hotdogs between double-header games! Celebrate America’s favorite pastime by taking a “culinary road trip” of your favorite baseball venues. Ages 9-15.