The Longest Season

Author: Cal Ripken, Jr.
Illustrator: Ron Mazellan
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2007
Genre: Non-Fiction
Audience: Gr. K-3

Overview: The Longest Season tells the story of the Baltimore Orioles 1988 season. The Orioles had won the 1983 World Series and everyone thought they would continue to do well, but the season starts out with a 21 game losing streak. Cal Ripken, Jr. continued to love his team and worked his hardest, even during the losing streak. Finally, the Orioles won a game and ended the losing streak with perseverance and teamwork for a season to remember.

Activity: Start a game of baseball using a soft baseball and bat, followed by a talk about how it might feel to lose so many games and finally win.

Reviewer’s Name: Becky Broyles