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Anybody's Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname Tubby. She made the team and changed Little League forever. A great story about what it means to want to do something so badly you re willing to break the rules to do it and how breaking the rules can le ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 7th 2018 by Albert Whitman Company (first published March 1st 2018)
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Gary Anderson
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball by Heather Lang is a terrific new nonfiction baseball picture book and a great way to celebrate the upcoming baseball season.

“Girls don’t play baseball” is the book’s opening line, announced to twelve-year-old Kathryn by her brother Tom. Right away, readers get a sense of Kathryn’s spunk when she answers, “Why not? I’m better than you.” And she’s right. Kathryn is the best player around, but when Little League teams
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In 1950, Kathryn had grown up playing baseball, competing against her brother Tom to see who was better. Most the time, Kathryn was, but there was one big difference, Tom was allowed to play Little League Baseball, whereas Kathryn was not. She loved it so much that she taught herself everything there was to know and even slept with her mitt, bat, and ball right next her while she dreamed of being a professional baseball player. She convinced her mom to cut off her hair, so she cou
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talk about serendipity! I was just finishing Ellen Kages' book, Out of Left Field, when I chanced on Lang's picture book!

A solid picture book biography Anybody's Game introduces Kathryn Johnston to young readers. Kathryn actually played a season of Little League ball, trying out disguised as a boy but then revealing the truth to her coach and team who let her go on playing. The very next season Little League enacted the rule banning girls from playing Little League baseball. Clear and well wri
The year is 1950. The girl is Kathryn Johnston, who loves baseball so much that she cuts off her braids, puts on a ball cap and tries out for a local team as "Tubby," a boy who can block ground balls and hit home runs with the best of them.
This picture book tells the triumphant true story of the first girl to play Little League baseball. Though set against the social context of constricted gender roles, the supporting characters - including Kathryn's mom, dad, and coach - show that not everyone
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Girls were not allowed do a lot of things in the 1950's! One of these being playing Baseball and participating in the Little League Baseball.
Kathryn Johnston was a little girl who dreamed of becoming a star baseball player. This picture book biography is the story of how she made it as the first girl to play little league baseball. Sadly, the league refused to allow girls to play anymore, and not until many many years later when they did change their mind, was Kathryn recognized for her skills.
Luvy Webb
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about Kathryn Johnson who grew up in an era where girls did not play baseball in the 1950's. Kathryn one day makes a big decision to cut her hair and tryout for her town's little league. At the time girls were not allowed to play little league. Read her story as she tryout for the team and makes it. Does she get discovered, is she able to continue playing? Read Kathryn's story and the adventure she went on to play.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston's story is fascinating. I had no idea that a girl tried out as a boy, back in 1950, and got on a Little League Team. I think it is ridiculous that the league banned all girls for any reason the following year. This story is very inspiring, especially for young readers. I also am impressed with how well it reads as a picture book despite it being a biography.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book for my brand new granddaughter because her mom, my daughter, was the only girl on her Little League team for 5 years. I loved the story — the authentic feel and details of its time and the main character's passion and determination. I know my strong, persevering daughter will love it now and will love sharing it with her daughter in a few years.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great biography by Heather Lang. The author sets up Kathryn's love of baseball nicely, shares her frustration at not being able to play because she's a girl and details the lengths Kathryn went to actually play. Great story for anyone who loves the game!
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute story about talented Kathryn Johnston who was determined to play baseball on a boys’ team even if it meant cutting her hair and breaking the rules to get there.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid narrative non-fiction picture book for baseball fans and inspirational for young female athletes.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are so many women and girls who have done awesome things but their stories were never told. I'm so glad that's starting to change.
Becca Gilliland
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, sports
A great book about a girl who is great at baseball but because she is a girl has to overcome obstacles. This is a great book to include in a classroom for a biography or sport book .
Solid biography with a good message about doing what you love in-spite of barriers.
Mary Lee
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars for the story, but two stars for the illustrations.

Good story for both boys and girls.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful true story of girl power and being true to yourself.
Michele Knott
I love stories that show how passion can make dreams come true! Excited to share this book with young readers.
Sandy Brehl
The important point in this story is not only Kathryn's persistence but her success in proving that gender should not determine opportunities. The reality that this young girl's year of participation was followed by two decades of gender-limited participation underscores the need for persistence of effort and voices in every era. Author Heather Lang's bios are thoroughly researched. In this one she engaged directly with the ground-breaking Johnston and back matter includes more about Johnston's ...more
Carol Ekster
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This should be shared in all elementary classrooms. It's an inspirational story and so well written. Makes for a great mentor text.
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Cute book featuring a very perseverant girl who ends up being the first to play little league. Definitely could also spark good discussion about other women who had to pretend to be male and gender roles.
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