You may have seen in the news recently that baseball great Hank Aaron has passed away. Many of our general books on baseball (like The Everything Kids’ Baseball Book) will give you some basic information about him. But if you want something really special, try using the Primary Search tool in our eResources. Not only can you find articles from magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, but you can even watch videos of Hank Arron playing baseball with crowds cheering as he creates a new home run record. We also have picture books, biographies and baseball books for you to enjoy:

Swinging For the Fences: Hank Aaron And Me by Mike Leonetti; illustrated by David Kim

Mark, a young baseball fan, follows Hank Aaron’s career as he tries to break Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. This book includes biographical information about the famous baseball player. This title is also available as an eBook through CloudLibrary. Suggested for grades 1–3.

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Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares

The creator of Becoming Babe Ruth (and many other baseball books) offers an inspiring homage to one of the greatest baseball players of all time, from his early days growing up in segregated Mobile, Alabama, when there wasn’t a single African-American in the Major Leagues, through his time in the Negro Leagues, to when he began spring training for the Braves and soon made baseball history. Suggested for grades 3–5.

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Baseball’s Sluggers by Megan Cooley Peterson

This book compares and contrasts some of baseball’s most popular hitters from past to present. This eBook is available on World eBook Library. Suggested for grades 3–6.

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson; Forward by Hank Aaron

Using an “Everyman” player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The foreword by Hank Aaron himself, reflecting on his early love of baseball and the early days of his career, is even more of a treasure now. This title not only won an honor for beautiful illustrations and awards for writing and excellence in nonfiction, it also won national honors as an audiobook! Suggested for grades 3 and up. For more information on the Negro Leagues, you might enjoy A Negro League Scrapbook by Carole Boston Weatherford, which is full of photos and memorabilia.

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The Best MLB Hitters Of All Time by Will Graves

This book looks at some of the best hitters in baseball history. Suggested for grades 4–7.

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Hank Aaron by Serena Kappes

This eBook details the life of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, the first person to break Babe Ruth’s career record of 714 home runs. It is also available through hoopla Suggested for grades 5 and up.

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Hank Aaron: Groundbreaking Baseball Slugger by Doug Williams

Looks at the life and career of the baseball superstar, from his youth in Mobile, Alabama to his life after baseball. This eBook is suggested for grades 5 and up.

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