We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
(Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, 2008, 88 pages)
This Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert award-winning book is a treasure for all ages, and is best suited for reading by upper elementary students through adult readers. This book is filled with gorgeous full-page, realistically painted historical images, the work of the author and artist Kadir Nelson, as well as a centerfold pullout documenting the first Colored World Series in Kansas City, MO in 1924.
The text is a smoothly read, but detailed, historical narrative of the ballplayers of the Negro League and the story of how these players finally earned their rightful place in Major League Baseball. Young and old readers alike will be shocked and surprised by the social and political climate that led to the creation of this league, entertained and delighted by the antics of the ballplayers, and inspired by the outcome of the nine-inning (chapter) story. The work opens with a touching foreword by Hank Aaron, and ends with extensive notes and bibliographic information.