February Book Post – We Are the Ship

Cover © Hyperion Book CH

We’re trying all kinds of new things this year! After successfully tackling two books for our last meeting, this time around we’re going for a picture book.

Yep, a picture book.

Of course, this isn’t just any picture book. It’s 82 pages, with big, full-page pictures and big, full pages of text with a small font. I don’t know how good a guess it would be, but I’m guessing it’s about equivalent to a 100-page book. Anyway. It’s much more than a regular picture book.

We Are the Ship is a nonfiction account of the Negro Baseball League, which existed at a time when African-Americans were not allowed access to the same things that white people were. They had to go to different restaurants, swimming pools, restrooms, drinking fountains. African-Americans were not allowed on Major League Baseball teams, so they started their own league.

I saw the author/illustrator, Kadir Nelson, speak at Western a few years ago. He was pretty interesting, explaining how he creates his art. He’s even had stamps made of his art! From the art in this book!

We’re reading this in February because it’s the shortest book for our shortest month. However, coincidentally, February is also African American History Month. That worked out well. We can pretend that I planned it that way.

OK! Have fun reading and I’ll see you at the end of February. Don’t forget to comment on the blog and review books!

Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 24, 6:30-7:30

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3 Responses

  1. I am looking forward to reading this book about baseball and the Negro Baseball League. I remember when I read Willie Mays’ (the best player to ever play the game) Autobiography he stated in his book that when he retired the the last two players in the major leagues that started in the Negro Baseball League was Hank Aaron and himself. It shows the talent that the league contained.

  2. It would have been pretty interesting to see the Negro League champions play against the Major League Baseball champions. Or maybe an All-Star Game.

    I’ve never read this book, so I’m excited to check it out for the first time!

    See you next week!

  3. Good fun last night, guys! We had so many different topics. Art, writing, civil rights, baseball, picture book vs. novel, photo vs. painting, nonfiction.

    Plus, we enjoyed all those flavors of popcorn: Caramel corn, Kettle corn, Cheddar corn. Good baseball snacks.

    Thanks for braving the cold!

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