We Are the Ship

  • Title: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
  • Author: Kadir Nelson
  • Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
  • Publisher: Jump at the Sea/Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group
  • Publication year: 2008
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Like many of Nelson’s other books, I feel like this book could definitely be used in a school library. I think if there are children who are interested in sports, this book could be given to them to read and enjoy. I think especially if that child is interested in baseball, this would give them a diverse viewpoint of their favorite sport. Additionally, for African American children, this would be giving them a “mirror” of themselves in sports.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Like many of Nelson’s works I have already referenced and used (thanks to the group presentation on him in class), I think his illustrations are stunning and powerful. Nelson also includes an Author’s Note, Bibliography, and Endnotes. I think all of Nelson’s works have merit in a library, particularly in my eyes in a school library.

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