Casey at the Bat

Author: Ernest L. Thayer
Illustrator: Christopher Bing
Publisher: Handprint
Publication Date: October 1, 2000
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Gr. 3+

Overview: The poem, "Casey at the Bat" is drawn out across this Caldecott Honor book. The illustrations are made to look like an old newspaper is covering the story of Casey and this famous basebell story. Some of the words in the poem are pretty advanced, but this is because the poem is from so long ago.

Activity: Get students to find a favorite poem of theirs and have them illustrate it in newspaper form.

Reviewer’s Name: Emily Adams