Announcing: Amanda at Bat

If you follow me on Facebook, you may already know the news. Amanda at Bat made her debut this week. It’s a picture book about a little girl, born in December, on the short side, whose last name is at the end of the alphabet, and who plays on a T-ball team.

Amanda hopes she’ll play but each time the coach announces the batting order something happens that prevents her from having her chance. She  figures out by herself how to solve her problem.

Cover lo res

The story has been long in gestation—I think I wrote it at least 10 years ago. It was published in the last issue of an on-line children’s magazine in 2007 and I’ve submitted it to agents and publishers to no avail. It’s been vetted by a children’s book writing workshop and I decided this was my year to launch it.

The illustrations are original paintings by my friend Stella Sormani, an artist and art teacher. I love how she interpreted the text and brought the story to life. Solveig Marina Bang, who designed my other books, once again used her magic to turn a word document into a book.

The educator in me couldn’t resist adding some discussion questions at the end and I tried them out on a couple of the grands this week and received interesting responses!

It’s a story about fairness and solving one’s own problems; suitable for ages 4-8, and perfect for baseball, softball, or t-ball season.

By the way, my friend Gabi didn’t know what T-ball was. It’s essentially baseball modified for youngsters so the ball is batted from a tee, adjusted for height, instead of being pitched.

Please spread the word! It’s an ideal gift for little girls and boys.

And stay tuned—another book, also one I’ve worked on for years, is coming in a few months.




About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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8 Responses to Announcing: Amanda at Bat

  1. jfrances40 says:

    Yay!! So happy for you!!! I will spread the word.

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  2. How exciting! Congratulations Lisa. Job well done.

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  3. Wonderful news! Great topic. Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amanda looks pretty much like Meira. Mazel Tov. Best of luck

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  5. Congratulations and good luck with the book.

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  6. Leah Singer says:

    Congratulations! This is so exciting. I can’t wait to check out the book. I love the name and story idea too.


  7. Way to go, Lisa! The book looks fantastic, and I love the name! You are a force to be sure! So proud of you, writing friend.

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  8. Pingback: Amanda at Bat: Some Readers Respond | cyclingrandma

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