Magic Bat Day (The Hometown All Stars) (Hardcover)
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THE HOMETOWN ALL STARS in its most reduced form was created to teach baseball through bedtime reading, and to get kids playing outside again. THE HOMETOWN ALL STARS begin exactly where it needs too. "Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball," says it all...You can’t join a team without going through the motions of showing up, seeing your friends, and getting a uniform. The books then follow an “age appropriate” progression of learning the steps to play a game and be involved in the community. They are designed to be short- bed time reading books. You have to learn how to catch, hit and throw before you even think about playing a game. "Magic Bat Day" is the first real practice after they get their uniforms. Batting is the most fun of all skills and drills! This book concept shows techniques of how to hold the bat and where to stand. Most importantly, it shows that every kid can find their own magic bat. All of the books end with interactive questions that are educational and fun. They are relative to the stages of the books and progressively graduate to new terminology with more advanced stages of the game. Besides the obvious physical activity, sports have other well-known benefits The All Stars will help build character and re-enforce important life lessons. The most important of all …. is fun!
About the Author
Kevin Christofora began his career into the professional world with a position at Calvin Klein Cosmetics in 1992; he worked as a package engineer, working in new product development and maintaining all responsibilities for production of existing components of the Obsession Fragrance brand. From there, he moved to Revlon and Prescriptives at the parent company of Estée Lauder. More than a pastime, Kevin loves working with the children. He prides himself on teaching them that it’s about more than a game: it’s about honor, respect, and community. As president of the league, he enjoys working with the parents and community members that all have one main interest: the kids. As he puts it, “Mountain Valley Little League is real fun, real life, and real baseball, with no substitutions”. Written for children ages three to five, Kevin wrote The Hometown All Stars as a “bedtime story” to get kids interested in the national pastime again. His goal in writing this book was to get kids out of the house and onto the field – “more green, less screen!” He believes in the valuable lessons that children learn from playing the game: teamwork, discipline, strategy, and thinking before they act. In addition, he wants to bring back the joy of being outdoors and playing, that kids in recent years have lost. 120
Kevin Christofora, a father and certified coach, hopes his book series, The Hometown All Stars, will inspire children to play outside more often. He teaches young people about baseball and the habits of a healthy lifestyle in the form of a fun and educational bedtime story. He has been a guest interview on ABC News regarding kids and back to school. He gives regular commentary on ESPN and also interviews around the country with stations such as NPR, 660 News, 89.7 fm. WGLS Rowan Radio, 101.5 fm KVSF fm. The Voice of SanteFe, MIX97.7 fm New York with Mark Bolger and other US radio stations. He also writes about strengthening family time with activities through his personal blog, and in publications across the country including; Fit Pro, Westchester Family, KidzEdge, Boston Parenting, Mom Blog Society, Green Baby Guide, CaliDiet Healthy Living Magazine and several other publications.
"I’m an author, but my enthusiasm for Kevin’s series doesn’t come from the mind of a writer. It comes from the heart of a grandfather. Reading these books with my grandson I watched him soak up the facts about the game they still call America’s pastime. When we were done reading, I launched into a few of my own “when I was a boy just about your age” baseball stories, and watched his eyes get wider, his grin get broader, and our connection get deeper. It made me wonder — are these books for kids? Or were they written for parents and grandparents who want to bond with their kids? Thank you, Kevin." — Marshall Karp, Author, co-author for James Patterson
"Kevin is right on the mark! More green and less screen. Kids and parents need this! Get out of the house, play ball and read a book together at bed time! His desire to teach Honor-Respect and Community shines through on this first book. I can’t wait to see the rest of the series." — Leon Gast, Director, Producer, Academy Award Winner; When We Were Kings
“Terrific idea beautifully executed. I only wish this series was available when my kids were baseball neophytes. Heck I wish I had them when guys like DiMaggio and King Kong Keller were my heroes.” — Charley Rosen, Fox Sports NBA Analyst and Author
“This series offers its readers a chance to see great, often historic, sports moments. It eliminates the need to sift through ten poorly written books to find one worth reading. You finish one and can't wait to start the next. Truly enjoyable.” — Bob Salomon, “A Glove of Their Own”, author, coach
"Little League is more than baseball. It teaches character and builds leaders in our community. The Hometown All Stars capture that essence, what a great series this will be!" — Nick Gantner, District Administrator, Little League
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents, the 'Hometown All Stars' series has created an opportunity for parents and their children to read together.” — Elohim Pacheco, Kindergarten Teacher
"Kevin Christofora cares about kids and baseball like few others. His Hometown All Stars series reveal splendid character studies and moral purpose ... and the essence of fun and teamwork." — Dave Kaplan, Director, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center