Nicks Very First Day of Baseball
Children’s Picture Book
Remember your very first day of baseball? Remember the thrill of putting on your uniform for the very first time? If you do, then you’re in the minority.
Bottom line, baseball’s in trouble. Today’s kids don’t know it and love it like we did, like our parents did. And our kids are paying the price. It’s a different world, and today’s kids have lost touch with the game. Kids don’t play outside much, and the sandlot’s turned into a parking lot. Now they’re playing computer games and watching TV. Baseball’s getting lost. I want to bring the American pastime back into kids’ lives and I know how.
As a coach, I see kids showing up at their first practice not knowing what home plate is. They don’t even know which direction to run! There’s such a need for baseball … the things they learn will help them in every part of their lives. Things like teamwork, discipline, things like strategy and thinking before they act. I am going to help get kids out of the house and get them moving – more green, less screen!
Then there’s the opportunity for parents and kids to share this together. Parents who don’t know much about baseball will learn about it as they read to their kids. Parents who already love baseball will have a chance to tell their own stories. It’s the kind of bonding that families remember forever. And it all starts with a bedtime story!
The Woodstock All Stars will appeal to fans of the Lucy Cousins’ Maisy Mouse series for three to five year olds. The book is based on the real life experiences of Coach Kevin Christofora who volunteers as a little league coach in Woodstock, N.Y.
Today, Mom signed me up for baseball. I can't wait until Friday!
Dad took me to get a new glove. It fit perfectly.
Everywhere I went, I dreamed of baseball.
I had baseball all over my brain.
I practiced everyday while my parents were busy around the house.
Today, I threw goldfish crackers to my dog Yogi. He's a good catcher.
When it was bedtime, Mom tucked me in. Boy, I can't wait until tomorrow!
(Interactive baseball caricature ask question, How many baseballs can you count?)
Finally it was Friday, and I went to baseball. All of my friends were there.
Coach lined us up and said, "Be patient, everyone will get a turn." "Now, let's see how tall you are."
I got my very own shirt and hat. It was my size and had a number just like the big kids!
The coach lined us up to run around the bases. We had to say the name of the base as we ran over it.