Betsy loves hanging out with her grandfather, especially at the ballpark. Today is another game day, and Betsy is ready to show her grandpa all she's learned about keeping score. Some exciting things are about to happen at today's game. As the anticipation builds, Betsy keeps track of it all — foul balls, home runs, and favorite players.
This heartwarming story about a family tradition and America's favorite pastime includes a full scorecard. With great illustrations, Betsy's Day at the Game teaches kids how to fill out a scorecard, and encourages them to share their memories with their families.
About the Author
Gregory Bancroft's first published children’s book is a result of telling stories to children and grandchildren for more than 30 years. An avid baseball fan, he shares an experience of going to a game that mirrors his own time spent with kids at a ballpark. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, Bancroft and his friends spent a lot of time outdoors. They played baseball nearly every day in the summer. Over the years, he has followed teams in parts of the country where he and his family have lived.
He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Yale, and Luther Seminary. His professional career spans non-profit organizations and business enterprises across many states. Writing, telling stories, and engaging young minds have been central to his personal interactions for decades. He and his wife live in Minneapolis near Lake Nokomis, while his children and grandchildren are scattered across the country.
Katherine Blackmore is one of eleven siblings, born and raised in Cleveland, OH. With a BFA in Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art, she has been a professional artist for 20 years. She started out working for American Greetings, designing and creating cards and holiday products. She moved to Florida in 1995 to learn traditional animation at The Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio, and was a Clean-up Animator there for eight years. Her screen credits include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. Throughout her career, she has been an educator as well; she has taught figure drawing and various art classes to students of all ages. She currently teaches 2d animation at a university in Orlando. Blackmore's true love in art is drawing, but she also paints, does collage, and photography; she has numerous hobbies and especially enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, yoga, and hang gliding. She resides in Edgewood, FL, with her husband and their 3 cats.
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Chapter 1 excerpt
Soon, they were walking to the ballpark. On the outside, it was a tall building with walkways everywhere. Flags fluttered on their poles. There were people and noise all around. They were in the middle of a very busy part of the city. The ballpark added to the commotion. Betsy walked close to her grandfather and held his hand tightly, her Boo Bag slung over her shoulder. She wasn’t scared, just overwhelmed. There were vendors and souvenirs, loud music, smoky grills and legs. Legs everywhere. It was difficult to see very far ahead. It was very exciting. She couldn’t wait to get inside the park. In the middle of the crowded city the brick walls would open up to reveal a beautiful baseball diamond. Like a pop-up book. It was magic.
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Betsy's Day at the Gameis a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.