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Sports Illustrated Kids

Goodnight Baseball

From the arrival at the stadium to the last goodnight, Goodnight Baseball is a sweet, nostalgic tale—told in gentle, fun rhyme—about the thrill of a baseball game.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
BrandSports Illustrated Kids
Age Level4-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-2
GenreSports Fiction
SubjectSocial Studies, Sports
Trim Size10 x 8 1/2
Page Count32
Paper Over Board



Reading Today Online - Karen Hildebrand, Ohio Library and Reading Consultant

"...the thrill and excitement of a baseball game is described. Borrowing the nocturnal pattern from Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon (1947), the young boy ends his baseball-filled day saying goodnight to the teams. . . .After reading this book aloud, teachers might pose the question to students about a big day they themselves experienced and how they would say goodnight to the many things that they encountered during that special day." - Reading Today Online

February 27, 2013

Publishers Weekly

"[Forshay’s] energized illustrations are a high point, handily conveying the excitement of a nighttime game, while smoothly bringing the mood down as the boy falls sleep on the drive back home." - Publishers Weekly

January 14, 2013

Booklist - Carolyn Phelan

"This baseball story unfolds in two distinct sections. Following a boy and his dad to a ballpark, the first emphasizes the parts that children enjoy. Father and son enter through a turnstile, find their seats, buy hot dogs from a vendor, stand up for the seventh inning stretch, and watch a home run hit. In the book’s second section, the energetic four-beat lines of rhyming, rhythmic text slow to a gentler cadence mimicking lines from Goodnight Moon, as the boy and his dad wander across the field, through the dugout, out of the park, and homeward, saying good night to the grass, popcorn boxes, and so on. Though the story includes bits of mild fantasy, picture books about visiting a ballpark can be hard to find, and this one delivers the highlights of that experience in an easy-to-follow text illustrated with jaunty digital artwork. A cheerful baseball-themed jacket ensures that this picture book will find its audience." - Booklist

March 1, 2013


Mankato Free Press - Tanner Kent

"Who need words with such powerful, telling illustrations? In “Flood,” a wordless picture book that assaults and recedes with the same rapidity as its subject matter, Argentinian illustrator Alvaro F. Villa tells more than words ever could." - Mankato Free Press

May 30, 2013

The Pioneer Press - Mary Ann Grossmann

"In this rhymed story, a little boy goes to a ballgame, eats hot dogs and watches the home team win. Then he says goodnight to everything baseball-related, from the diamond to popcorn boxes under the stands and, in the end, "goodnight, baseball,/safe in my room." Dahl, who lives in Minneapolis, is the author of more than 100 books for children and young adults. The lively illustrations bring vibrancy to this gentle story." - The Pioneer Press

May 12, 2013

San Francisco Book Review, Kids Book - Grant, Age 5

"I like the rhymes in this book. I also like when the boy is at the baseball game and catches the home run hit in his lucky mitt. . . .This book makes me want to go to a baseball game with my dad." - San Francisco Book Review, Kids Book

June 7, 2013


School Library Journal - Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

"A father and son go to a stadium to watch a baseball game between the Stars and the Rockets. When it is over, they return home with full stomachs and happy memories, but not before wishing everyone and everything, including the players and home plate, a good night. The familiar aspects of the event are all here and illustrated. The seats are occupied by people of all ages and various ethnicities. They eat hot dogs, popcorn, and pretzels while sipping on sodas. Bases are stolen, baseballs are caught (by the players and the fans) and hit, and the crowd cheers. After an action-packed game described in rhyming text, the pace of the story slows down. As the sun sets, the stadium lights go on. The boy’s energy begins to fade after he has posed with the mascot and met the players. His father carries him to the car and by the time they are home, the youngster is almost asleep. The wording at the ending of this picture book is reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. A fun, comforting bedtime story for sports fans." - School Library Journal

May 1, 2013

Yellow Brick Road

"Here’s a tour of an exciting day: hot dogs and drinks, hits and the lucky fan who catches a ball, the seventh inning stretch, the home-town win and the quiet ending. . . . .Those who recognize the format and those who love the game will appreciate the tribute to the great pastime." - Yellow Brick Road

March 1, 2013

School Librarian's Workshop - Hilda K. Weisburg, M.L.S.

"It’s game day, and a boy recounts the thrills of being in the stadium watching his team play. As he saying farewell to it all, “Goodnight, popcorn boxes under the stands. Goodnight, mascot and goodnight, fans!” listeners will immediately recall their old favorite Goodnight, Moon and be ready for the final “Goodnight, Daddy, Goodnight, moon. Goodnight, baseball, safe in my room.” This Sports Illustrated Kids title will find a welcome audience with young baseball lovers." - School Librarian's Workshop

October 1, 2013

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight, Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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