Downloadable Literature Guides


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Do you like to watch major league baseball? Have you ever been to a real game? If you had lived a hundred years ago, the baseball games you might have attended would have been quite different from those you see today. Why? A hundred years ago, African-Americans were not allowed in the major leagues. They had to play in the Negro Leagues and life was very different for them.

These gifted black baseball players had to hitch rides in the backs of pick-up trucks, wear hand-me down uniforms, barnstorm to find other teams to play, and endure segregation, hatred, disgusting conditions, and low pay, all because of the color of their skin. But, have no doubt, they were talented and dedicated to the game! Their skills often surpassed those of white players on major league teams...probably because they often had to play four games a day and had no off-season! They even developed their own unique style to entertain their fans.

Author Kadir Nelson narrates the story in the voice of one of the early black baseball players telling the story of unsung heroes of the game. His astounding paintings on every page of this oversized book are framable. It will be an enjoyable read-aloud history of particular interest to boys.

 Research Links

Author Kadir Nelson
Taboo Baseball: A Vocabulary-Building Activity with Guided Writing
Negro League Baseball
Baseball Reference

Wikipedia Negro League Baseball
Negro Baseball League

Negro League Baseball Museum
Exploratorium's Science of Baseball

Math Baseball

Black History Books

More Baseball Books

One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

All the Way Home by Patricia Reilly Giff

Shoeless Joe by Phil Bildner

Home Run by Robert Burleigh

The Luckiest Man: Lou Gehrig  by David Adler

A Season of Comebacks  by Kathy Mackel 


You can purchase the complete Kids' Wings 10-page Unit for We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson NOW for immediate download for only $6.95!
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The 10-Page Kids' Wings Unit for We Are the Ship:
by Kadir Nelson
Crossword Puzzle
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Matching Activity
Baseball Game
Answer Keys and More!



The Story of Negro League Baseball is included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $19.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!



Our special thanks to Margie Harrell for allowing us to use her music: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as our background music


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