Basketball Book Madness in March

BookendsCindy: It’s March. That means a basketball post (or three) from Bookends. Faithful readers will know that Lynn and I cheer on our Big Ten teams this time of year … she the Purdue Boilermakers, and me the Indiana Hoosiers. My team can shoot threes and drive inside but we’ve sure had our ups and downs this season.

My final new book order of the school year just Picture a Slam Dunkarrived and with it was a drawing book I took a chance on: Picture a Slam Dunk: A Basketball Drawing Book (2014) by Anthony Wacholtz and illustrated by Erwin Haye. This book is AWESOME. I can’t wait to get this processed and dish it off to my middle school drawing fans. Four pages of illustration and instruction accompany each of the 15 poses from Pull-Up Jumper and Hang Time to Shot Blocker and of course, Slam Dunk.

The simple line drawings are enhanced with added features over several drawings and the final shaded drawing is superimposed over a full color photo from an NBA game. Simple text and colorful graphic design make this an attractive package and I will be ordering the other three titles in the Drawing with Sports Illustrated Kids series from Capstone next fall. Bonus: I just noticed that the final drawing lesson is for a female WNBA player! YAY!

I wonder if Kobe Bryant could be motivated to purchase
some updated basketball books for school libraries?

Super Basketball InfographicInfographics are all the rage so I expect the new Lerner series, Super Sports Infographics, to be popular too. Super Basketball Infographics will be great to have on hand during the basketball madness this month and into the NBA playoffs. Two chalkboard pyramid graphics titled “Will You Go Pro?” show the numbers for girls and boys. Here’s the info on the women:

High School Players: 433,120
College Players: 16,186
Pro Players: 144 (12 teams with 12 players on each team)

Only 1 in 3,008 girls’ high school players makes it to the pros.
There were 1,090 colleges featuring women’s basketball teams in the US in 2013 compared with slightly fewer men’s teams, 1,071.

There’s an infographic of stacked eyeballs comparing viewership between sporting championships. The Super Bowl wins big here with more than four times the number of viewers of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game.

The piles of dollar bills infographic representing NBA contracts is depressing when compared with educational funding. I wonder if Kobe Bryant could be motivated to purchase some updated basketball books for school libraries? Anyone have a connection?

And, while I’m wishing big, would some team PLEASE defeat Kentucky before the college season is over??? Indiana’s undefeated season record from 75-76 is on the line! I will consider it “madness” if that record falls!

 hockeyLynn: I am excited by the drawing books too! Is there a school or children’s library anywhere that has a collection of drawing books that aren’t battered from heavy use? The importance of them was underscored for me at ALA Midwinter when I heard Newbery Honor winning author Cece Bell (and other great author/illustrators) speak on a panel. Asked to name a book that had been important for them, Bell talked about Lee Ames’ Draw 50 series! I know this new series will be very popular and who knows how many future winners will read them?

After watching both our teams go out in the Big Ten Tournament, I decided maybe I should move on to hockey with Super Hockey Infographics (2015). I, too, like these bright, inviting books. The facts are interesting and thought-provoking as well as being displayed in intriguing ways. This book has several pages that compare various aspects of hockey to other major sports, like the cost of the equipment needed to play and the numbers of Most Valuable Player Awards won by various players in the major sports. Can you guess who comes out on top?

A Glossary and Further Information section add nicely to the books, the latter doing an especially nice job in providing very kid-friendly suggestions including print and online materials.

Cindy: My Indiana “bubble” team got a generous 10 seed in the big dance so Lynn and her #9 seed Boilermakers and me and my Hoosiers have at least one more game each in us. But yes, the Stanley Cup will be my next focus. Come on, Blackhawks!

 

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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