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Jackie's Bat

Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

About The Book

From Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator Brian Pinkney and award-winning author Marybeth Lorbiecki comes a carefully crafted picture book how Jackie Robinson broke through professional baseball’s color barrier.

A young white batboy treats Jackie Robinson differently than the other, white, members of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers—and so does everyone else. But eventually Jackie’s patience and talent wear down the racist attitudes of those around them and earn their respect. A backmatter section provides additional information on Jackie’s life.

About The Author

Marybeth Lorbiecki is the acclaimed author of numerous picture books, including the poignant and controversial Just One Flick of a Finger, illustrated by David Diaz, and Sister Anne’s Hands. She resides in Hudson, Wisconsin.

About The Illustrator

Photograph © Christine Simmons

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including Martin RisingIn Your Hands; On the Ball; The Faithful Friend; Duke Ellington; and In the Time of the Drums. His many awards include two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King Illustration Award, four Coretta Scott King Illustration Honors, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2006)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689841026
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"I had two distinct reactions to Jackie's Bat. First, it is an engaging story well told, and a clear message for children who have been taught to discriminate. My second and most powerful reaction is dismay over the continuing need to address the damage done to children as prejudice and racism taint their world and perceptions.
It is my hope that young readers, with adult encouragement, will be inspired to sense the need for change within themselves and their families, or will feel proud of their enlightened attitudes.
Congratulations...for celebrating Jack's life and legacy so beautifully."
-- Rachel Robinson, wife of the late great Jackie Robinson and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • Storytelling World Award

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