Game-Day Youth

Learning Baseball's Lingo

Children - Grade 4th-6th
98 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2012
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Author Biography

Suzy Beamer Bohnert played sports during her youth, participating in leagues, playing in gyms, and gathering the neighborhood kids to join in pickup games until the streetlights were too dim to light the sporting site.

She launched her writing career as a newspaper sports editor. During that job, Suzy interviewed numerous coaches, athletes, and fans about sports, putting complicated games into simple words. Her books include Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Football's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Football's Lingo; and the fiction children's book, Binkie Learns to Fly.

An author of many acclaimed books for readers, her award-winners include Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo, a Mom's Choice Award-winner for "Most Outstanding Nonfiction Children's Book"; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, named Best Books for Teen Boys by the New Hampshire Library Media Association; and the Game-Day Goddess Sports Series, 3-Volume Set, selected as Best Books for College Students by StudentAdvisor.com, a Washington Post Co. Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo, Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, and Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo were winners of the Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award.

The recipient of sixteen national awards for writing excellence, including the Hermes Creative, Ragan Communications, and MarCom Awards, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Randall, and son and daughter, where she helps coach her kids' basketball, softball, and soccer teams.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Baseball is an extremely popular sport with a large following; from T-ball to Major League, the stands are filled with cheering fans. Former sports writer Suzy Beamer Bohnert explains the game in easy to understand terms. In her book "Game Day Goddess: Learning Baseball’s Lingo" Ms Bohnert addressed women and their need to understand the game. This book "Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball’s Lingo" is focused on youth. Bohnert shares a brief lesson on the history of sport. Alexander Cartwright is thought to be the father of baseball, in the 1840s. From there Bohnert moves to the basics: there are nine innings, each team gets three outs per inning, and the team with the most runs at the end of the game wins. She describes the baseball field and equipment: there are three bases, 90 feet apart, and there is an outfield and an infield. A baseball is made of cork covered in cowhide and the bat can be wood or aluminum. She continues on discussing the uniforms, players and positions.

Suzy Beamer Bohnert obviously knows the sport of baseball and I would surmise she dearly loves it. She explains the basics in simple terms. She defines terms you will hear at games. I like the diagrams of the players' positions and the field; it helped in making the concept more understandable. This book should be in every school library. It is hard to find quality books that boys will read. While this book is suitable for both males and females I can certainly see it appealing to males. It is a high interest book that could spark interest in reading as well as to help with their baseball game. Well done Ms Bohnert.