Keep kids engaged with learning through baseball and mysteries, with a fun, educational (and free!) learning guide to The World Series Curse! It includes Common Core standards-based activities and some fun World Series facts. Great for use at home or in schools!
Ever want to know a little bit more about the Ballpark Mysteries books? Now’s your chance! Each Wednesday at 2pm Eastern, David A. Kelly is hosting a Facebook Live session on the Ballpark Mysteries and his other books. Tune in to hear him read a chapter from one of the books, or see “behind-the-scenes” pictures from his research trips to each of the stadiums.
And if you’ve missed them, make sure to visit his Ballpark Mysteries page on Facebook to catch up on the previous sessions, including:
Let’s Get Muddy – Miracle Mud – Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball
Leading Off With the First Ballpark Mysteries Book – The Fenway Foul-Up
The newest Ballpark Mysteries book (now available!) takes place in Denver Colorado for the Colorado Rockies’ Opening Day. BUT IT’S SNOWING! What will Mike and Kate do?
Luckily, the stadium has a heater that can melt the fluffy flakes in time for that day’s game. But when the ballpark engineers get a mysterious note saying that someone may tamper with the scoreboard, the snow becomes the least of the cousins’ problems. It’s time for Mike and Kate to switch into sleuth mode and solve a mystery that will take them underground, a mile above sea level, and even face to face with a dinosaur!
Join Mike and Kate in Williamsport PA for the biggest Little League Baseball World Series yet! In THE WORLD SERIES KIDS, Mike and Kate are cheering on their hometown team, from Cooperstown NY, which is competing in the Little League World Series. But the competition gets tricky when someone starts trying to sabotage Cooperstown’s team–they punch holes in the tires of their bus, and the team’s equipment goes missing! Can Mike and Kate find the trickster before it’s too late? Or will these shenanigans cost Cooperstown the series?
Swing for the fences–or, should I say the B&O Warehouse! Mike and Kate are in Baltimore at Camden Yards for a Baltimore Orioles game, but someone has made off with Babe Ruth’s baseball glove! Can Mike and Kate find it? Will they get some help from a friendly oriole–or is that a parrot? Read THE BALTIMORE BANDIT, Ballpark Mysteries #15, to find out
Kate and Mike are back in the Big Apple (aka New York City) for a Subway Series between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. But soon, someone hands them a mysterious note with a riddle and then strange things start happening at the Mets ballpark.
Can Mike and Kate discover who the mysterious note writer is? Can they uncover what’s behind the disruptions at the Mets game? Read the latest Ballpark Mysteries Super Special, the SUBWAY SERIES SURPRISE, to find out! And don’t forget to read up on Mike and Kate’s first adventure in New York City, the PINSTRIPE GHOST!
Mike and Kate are off to St. Louis for their latest ballpark adventure. In Ballpark Mysteries book #14, THE CARDINALS CAPER, Mike and Kate journey to St. Louis for a Cardinals baseball game. Before the game, they get to meet the Clydesdale horses and Dalmatian dog. But just as the game starts, the dog goes missing! Can Mike and Kate find the missing dog before the end of the game? Or will the Cardinals have to give up one of their World Series trophies to get the dog back?
If you’ve read the Ballpark Mysteries books carefully, you might know that Mike and Kate live in Cooperstown, New York, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And while most of Mike and Kate’s mysteries take place in ballparks during the spring, summer, or fall, the latest Ballpark Mysteries book takes place in Cooperstown in the winter!
In Christmas in Cooperstown, Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #2, Mike and Kate get to sleep over in the Hall of Fame! But before they leave, they discover something strange: the Hall of Fame’s Honus Wagner baseball card (worth millions of dollars!) is a fake! Can they discover who stole the multi-million dollar Honus Wagner card and get it back to the Hall of Fame before Christmas? Find out in this fun holiday Ballpark Mysteries Super Special!
You probably didn’t know that June 29th was International Mud Day, but it is! And that makes it a perfect time to celebrate by reading my book about Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, MIRACLE MUD. Check out this great review of MIRACLE MUD, with a special mud recipe!
Great article on summer reading tips from the Washington Post, including a nice mention of the Ballpark Mysteries. One librarian got her son hooked on the Ballpark Mysteries books, and he used them as a jumping off point to explore the wider world around him. From the article:
Knowing her son is obsessed with baseball, Icaza helped him discover the Ballpark Mystery Series. “It clicked for him and he read the whole series,” she says. In fact, one summer, they went on vacation and he got a minor league baseball directory at a ballpark. He read about each team in the country. “It sounds very boring, but for him, he was learning about the mascots, and I liked it because he was learning about what cities were in different states.”