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Players in Pigtails

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  473 ratings  ·  194 reviews
A winning new picture book about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League--written with sass and style by all-star Shana Corey with illustrations from promising young rookie Rebecca Gibbon.

Did you know that one of America's favorite songs, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," was written about a girl? And that in the 1940s girls all across America were crazy for our
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press
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L13_Allison Safran
"Players in Pigtails" is a wonderful historical fiction book about how the first women's baseball team came together. The book is similar to the storyline in the movie "A League of Their Own". The book stars a young girl named Katie Casey who "wasn't good at being a girl".

One critique of this book is that in the beginning the book presents stereotypes of what a girl should be good at and what a girl should not be good at. The book does a nice job of saying that the definition of what made a gir
(NS) Lisa
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Katie Casey is in a league of her own: "She preferred sliding to sewing, batting to baking, and home runs to homecoming." Unfortunately, baseball is not considered ladylike in 1942. Nobody would let Katie play baseball untill ...all the men go to war and fans are getting crazy and mad without their national pastime. Coaches decide to start a women's baseball league. Katie attends try outs and makes the team. It's opening game and the bottom of the ninth, Katie comes up to bat for her team with t ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it
There's nothing spectacular about the way the story is told and I really was not a fan of the illustrations (just the style of them--they included some nice "background" stuff to situate the story in WWII, though). I was interested to learn that "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is actually supposed to be a girl singing to her boyfriend--that she doesn't want to go dancing, she wants him to take her to the ballgame! ;-p This book would probably be fun for girls who love sports (especially if they a ...more
Hannah Flowers
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Players in Pigtails is a historical fiction literature piece that tells the story of Katie Casey, a young girl living in the WWII era who refuses to mold to the feminine norms that society wants her to fit into. Instead of sewing, dancing, and baking, Katie just wants to play baseball. When the male baseball players leave to fight in the war, Katie, along with several other young girls, finally get their chance to play ball. This is the story of Katie's journey of playing baseball and how she ov ...more
Becky Bass
This story is about a young girl named Katie who “isn’t good at being a girl.” She struggles with typical girl normative things like cooking, knitting, dancing, home ec, etc. One thing Katie is good at is baseball. Her parents aren’t happy with her choice of baseball. She still loved going to games, and every season she wanted to try out she got turned away by the boys. The book explains the war during President Roosevelt’s presidency and how men were getting called off to war, and America’s pas ...more
I listened to a recording of this book and followed along gazing at the pictures approximately 72 times when I was six or so. The story inspired me, the music thrilled me, and the pictures intrigued me. Today I'm terrible at softball, but no one can say I didn't TRY. I recollect spending hours throwing up a ball, swinging at it, missing 50% of the time (but not losing a bit of my enthusiasm). I also threw a softball as far as my skinny arm could launch it, ran to pick it up, heaved it again. Pre ...more
Lovely story about combatting sexism. Girls can play baseball!
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball-related
Good story that jumps a bit, but does a nice job of explaining how the women's league came about. Illustrations were well done.
Ki Ki
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super good for introducing diversity and equality to children!! Loved it!!
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the movie A League of Their Own. It is great to find something that you are passionate about. To finally live out your dream with others who want the same thing. At the end of the book there is some extra reading and realized the book was written after the movie. Also to learn new things about the song Take Me Out to The Ball Game, the history of the song was interesting.
Merri Jordan
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I loved the aspect of real American history linked to the story and the main topic of feminism in regards to sports. I think children need to be exposed to how things were very different for women many years ago and that this is an ongoing problem today.
I would definitely recommend this picture book for children in upper KS1, lower KS2.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Baseball is for girls too! Players in Pigtails is about a girl named Katie Casey who played professional baseball during WWII. Katie was not lady like and was not good at "girl" things but was excellent at playing ball. She was scouted out to play along with other women during the WWII for the men were at war. The book explains how although Katie, plus the other women, played baseball, they had to still go to charm school and wear dresses to play. A picture book based on true events and the movi ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Players in Pigtails is a historical fiction book which was nominated for The Georgia Children’s Book Award written by Shanna Corey. It’s colorful feel and from cover reminded me of the movie a Legue of their own. The author credits the movie as the spark that ignited her curiosity for the sport in the time period. The story is set during WW1 where many men were fighting the war and were too busy to play baseball. Katie was not a “typical” girl and preferred baseball to sewing and baking. She wen ...more
Chrissi Guarnieri
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Players in Pigtails is a true story about Katie Casey. Katie Casey and the AAGBBL or All American Girls BaseBall League became America's Pastime during WWII while the men were off at war. They brought joy to a very dark time in history. This book draws a beautiful picture for children and adults who may not be aware of this historical and short-lived league. It shows how and why the league was developed, and follows Katie Casey through her exciting journey to do something she never dreamed would ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with this book! I think it's such an amazing way to show young children especially girls that gender shouldn't determine someone's ability to do anything. I felt that people were so judgmental in this book because they weren't given something to shut them up. I kind of relate to this book because when I wanted to play tennis, people thought that I wouldn't be good but in actuality I was decent my first year because I played volleyball which made my serving above and beyond. This book ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reading-rainbow
Reading Rainbow: Game Day
Sports are really not our thing so I didn't have much expectations reading this but I was pleasantly suprised with the pretty engaging story of the beginnings of the female baseball league. It was an odd combination of facts and fiction and it was a bit unsatisfying because of that. Also, one point off for drawing the girl from Texas standing in front of saguaros. That might just be my pet peeve, but there are NO SAGUAROS in Texas. Not in New Mexico either.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This quick-to-read picture book is a lot of fun! Cute illustrations. Katie Casey struggles with all things girly but loves baseball. When World War II breaks out, she shows her skills as a member of the All-American Girls Professional League. In the Author's Note I learned that Katie Casey is the subject of the famous song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
How to write about historical information and make it personal and fascinating to a reader. About women in a baseball!
Valerie Gomez
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book begins with introducing us to Katie Casey, a girl who wasn’t good at being a girl. She couldn’t dance and she couldn’t knit. She was not living up to society and she didn’t want to do the same activities as other girls. However she was good at baseball, she was one of the best. She showed up every year to baseball tryouts, and was always turned away without a chance. During the war Mr. Wrigley set out to recruit women to play in the first All American Girls Baseball league. Since the co ...more
Meagan Paschal
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
As a former travel softball player, high school varsity softball player, and collegiate softball player, the history of the All-American Girls Baseball League has a special place in my heart. When I discovered this picture book, I could not resist reading it!

“Players in Pigtails” follows a fictional character named Katie Casey, and her journey to become a baseball player during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Before WWII started, Katie found herself denied from the opportunity to play baseball,
Scarlett Bridges
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Players in Pigtails is a historical fiction book about the first ever All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. It starts of describing the main character Katie Casey, a girl who isn't like other girls. She's bad as sewing, dancing, cooking, but she was good at baseball. That's all she talked about, all she wanted to do. Every year she would try out for her home team, each year rejected without even a try out. As the nation hit hard times, with more and more join the war, baseball was slo ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“There's no crying in baseball!" Raise your hand if you can name that movie... That's what I thought! Tons of people know A League of Their Own. Unfortunately, not nearly as many people know much about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League… Fortunately, my wonderful dad (who was my baseball coach when I was a little girl playing baseball with the boys) bought me Players in Pigtails my first year teaching. Fifteen years later, I'm thrilled to say that I still love this book and am s ...more
Hannah Wilson
While there were some embellishments, this story is very convincing that it really could have happened. Even though Katie is not a real woman who took part in the movement of women into baseball, there were many women like her who just wanted to play in the game and weren’t interested in the same things as other girls. The facts mentioned in the story also make this fictional story more believable and add more credibility to this historical fiction piece. The language and style of writing in thi ...more
RLL22017 Jackie Reynoso
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Players in Pigtails is an engaging and very educational picture book about how and why the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed by the owner of the Chicago Cubs. It illustrates a teenage girl named Katie Casey who wasn’t good at being a girl. She did not enjoy knitting, dancing, or baking. Her parents even tried to convince her to take piano or painting lessons but she was only interested in doing one thing, and that was playing baseball. She loved baseball so much that she ...more
Lauren Labrum
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Players in Pigtails is a children's historical fiction picture book. It starts off with a young independent girl who isn't your "ordinary girl". She doesn't enjoy the daily activities the other girls enjoy. She loves baseball and she's really good at it. She hears the same, "what good is baseball to a girl" over and over from everyone around her. That doesn't stop her though. She's going to follow her dream and no one can stop her. One day, she took an amazing opportunity to prove everyone wrong ...more
Hanna Frazier
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Players in Pigtails is a sassy read about how women got started in baseball. It starts off telling the story of how Katie Casey wasn't a "typical" girl and how she enjoyed baseball. She would try out for the boys' team yet got turned down each time. Since it was during wartime, the men were away so eventually Mr. Wrigley suggested that women be given a chance to play baseball too. To find out the rest, read Players in Pigtails!

I enjoyed this book as the illustrations were simple yet enjoyable to
Tatam Kramer
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Shana Corey's "Players in Pigtails" the main character, undoubtedly a girl, is unlike most. She is less worried about her appearance, and more so with her hobbies. What sets her apart from most is her interest in baseball. In Corey's story the main character takes on the challenge of overcoming social norms, and perseus her love for the male dominant sport. Regarding the story line I was surprised at the gender dilemma that Corey was trying to break. I found it very interesting to see how a f ...more
Andi Blodgett
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Colley
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This historical fiction book is about a girl named Katie who wanted to play baseball during a time when girls were meant to do "girl" things. For example, in the story, they express how she's not very good at dancing or home ec. but she is good at baseball. Her parents are upset because they don't want her to play baseball they want her to play piano or do ballet. Katie tries out for the baseball team and doesn't make it because she's a girl. During this time men were going off to war and baseba ...more
Carmen Orsi
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ-305
Players in Pigtails delivers the message that girls can do anything. Katie Casey is a girl who isn't great at the activities expected of girls (sewing, cooking, etc.) She has a passion for baseball, but at this time it wasn't accepted. The owner of the professional baseball team, The Chicago Cubs, finds Katie Casie who packs up her things and immediately starts the journey of playing baseball professionally. People found it strange and unladylike for women to be playing baseball. Together, the w ...more
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