Books at bat
Get into the swing of baseball with two books for young readers and one novel for (and sort of about) grownups.
Best of the Best: A Baseball Great Novel (HarperCollins) by Tim Green is a story for readers ages 9 to 12 about a boy trying to focus on playing in the Little League World Series while his parents are talking about getting divorced.
Parents Behaving Badly (Touchstone) by Scott Gummer is an uproarious satirical novel about marriage, infidelity and crazy Little League parents in the suburbs.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Imagine!), lyrics by Jack Norworth, illustrated by Amiko Hirao, with a three-song CD by Carly Simon, is a fun and colorful evocation of the game for little ones.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor