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At Bat in our Community

Phanatic Book Corner

As much fun as it is to lead cheers for the Phillies at the game, it's even more fun reading about baseball in books, newspapers and magazines.

I love to check books out from the library that detail the history of baseball. It's fun to read about how the game has changed since its inception. Players dressed in funny looking uniforms, shared baseball gloves and teams didn't even have mascots!

The coolest thing about reading is that you can learn so much about the things that interest YOU the most by going to a bookstore or your local library!

The Phillie Phanatic's "Phavorite" Books

My mom, Phoebe, used to read all the Dr. Seuss books to me when I was a baby Phanatic on the Galapagos Islands. My favorite was "Horton Hatches the Egg". But when I arrived in Philadelphia I could be found reading the Phillies Baseball Encyclopedia all the time. I also like to read books about the city of Philadelphia, outer space, animals ("Charlotte's Web" was one of my PHAVORITES!) and of course cookbooks - because I love to eat!

The Phanatic Book Series

Over the years, I have been able to go on adventures in my imagination by reading books but I have also been able to go on real life adventures. I wanted to share some of my favorite moments with children and their parents so I became the star of my very own children's book series.

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Book recommendations by students like you!
  • Student: Keira C. - Kindergarten - Etta J. Wilson Elementary - Newark, DE
  • Title: Miss Nelson is Missing
  • Author: Harry Allaed and James Marshall
  • Reaction: I am recommending this book because it is funny and it teaches kids to be good in school and to their teacher. The pictures are good too.
  • Student: Olivia G. - 1st Grade - Robert Hunter Elementary - Flemington, NJ
  • Title: If you Give a Cat a Cupcake
  • Author: Laura Numeroff
  • Reaction: I am recommending this book because when you give the cat a cupcake it goes all over the floor.
  • Student: Tess H. - 1st Grade - Coopertown Elementary - Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Title: Dinner with Olivia
  • Author: Emily Sollinger
  • Reaction: I like this book because Olivia uses her imagination to create a story.
  • Student: Sydney S. - 2nd Grade - Bunker Hill Elementary - Middletown, DE
  • Title: Angus and the Ducks
  • Author: Marjorie Flack
  • Reaction: I love dogs and the book has dogs. The dog is cute and curious about everything. The book makes me smile when I read it and it makes me want a dog like that.
  • Student: Casey M. - 2nd Grade - Hegins-Hubley Elementary - Hegins, PA
  • Title: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Author: Dr. Suess
  • Reaction: It is very funny and it teaches you to try new foods.
  • Student: Crystal L. - 3rd Grade - Bunker Hill Elementary - Middletown, DE
  • Title: Precious Girls Club Series
  • Author: Cindy Kenney
  • Reaction: It teachers children how to make friends and to be kind to one another, how to be truthful and how to have faith.
  • Student: Brooke Ann D. - 3rd Grade - Bingham Elementary - Runnemede, NJ
  • Title: Charlotte's Web
  • Author: E. B. White
  • Reaction: It teaches you how to love and care about people.
  • Student: Siena T. - 4th Grade - Belmont Hills Elementary - Belmont Hill, PA
  • Title: Running Out of Time
  • Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Reaction: It is a great book that you want to stay up all night reading. When you are almost positive that you know what is going to happen next, something totally different happens.
  • Student: Tyler S. - 4th Grade - General Hacker Elementary - Woolwich Township, NJ
  • Title: Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
  • Author: Sharon Creech
  • Reaction: I am telling people to read this book because it is a good book. This book teaches you that even best friends can fight but with the help of an adult, kids can get through anything.
  • Student: Bobby B. - 4th Grade - General Hacker Elementary - Woolwich Township, NJ
  • Title: Double Fudge
  • Author: Judy Blume
  • Reaction: This book is about family, teamwork and helping others. When the family pet was injured everyone worked together to help Uncle Feather's get the help and care he needed to be able to fly again.
  • Student: Ty'lei S. - 4th Grade - Willow Lane Elementary - Macungie, PA
  • Title: Runaway Ralph
  • Author: Beverly Cleary
  • Reaction: "Runaway Ralph" is my favorite book because there is a mouse in the story that takes a lot of risks and goes on a lot of adventures! My favorite character in the book is Ralph, the mouse that rides the motorcycle.
  • Student: Demetrius S. - 4th Grade - Willow Lane Elementary - Macungie, PA
  • Title: James and the Giant Peach
  • Author: Roald Dahl
  • Reaction: This is my favorite book because is has a lot of details in the book. I also like this book because there are beautiful illustrations. If you like Roald Dahl I would recommend this book to you.
  • Student: Dante O. - 6th Grade - Greenberg Elementary - Philadelphia, PA
  • Title: Rookie of the Year
  • Author: John R. Tunis
  • Reaction: I am recommending this book because it was about a sport that the Phanatic and I both enjoy and it shows people working together as a team.
  • Student: Paul K. - 6th Grade - Skyview Upper Elementary - Norristown, PA
  • Title: The Homework Machine
  • Author: Dan Gutman
  • Reaction: I'm recommending this book because it is entertaining, makes you want to keep reading it, and it tells a great story of four students who use a machine to do their homework.
  • Student: Alexis L. - 6th Grade - Skyview Upper Elementary - Norristown, PA
  • Title: Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
  • Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Reaction: I am recommending this book because I enjoyed it very much. I really liked it because it is about two very different girls who do a seventh-grade student exchange program and though their lifestyles are very different they find out that they are alike in many ways.

The Phanatic wants to know what you like to read

The Phillie Phanatic is always looking for more reading adventures. Please recommend your favorite book to the Phanatic by emailing

  • Student's name
  • Grade
  • School
  • School City and State
  • The full title of your favorite book
  • Author
  • Why you are recommending the book

We will list, by grade, many of the books recommended to the Phanatic on the Phanatic's Book Corner so check back to see if your book is on the list.

*By sending us an email with the above information, you give the Phillies and permission to print your submission on our website and in other Be a Phanatic About Reading materials.