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Summer Reading Program

Presented by SunTrust

This summer, the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust and the Georgia Public Library Service are encouraging students to continue learning throughout the summer months.

The 2018 Atlanta Braves "Home Run Readers" Summer Reading Program, is an educational outreach initiative that promotes literacy and encourages students to build a love for reading.

"Home Run Readers" rewards students in grades K-12 throughout the state of Georgia with a FREE Braves ticket for reading books and completing an online activity.

Sorry, registration for the Home Run Readers Summer Reading Program is now closed.

Redeem Your Tickets

Thank you for participating in the Atlanta Braves "Home Run Readers" Program presented by SunTrust and the Georgia Public Library Service.


  • Open to Georgia students in grades K-12
  • Register for the program and complete a grade appropriate online activity
  • Read one (1) book on sports or sportsmanship. View a list of suggested titles. Please visit your local Georgia public library for additional title suggestions.
  • Print your "Home Run Readers" Certificate and take it to your local library to receive a code to redeem a free Braves ticket. Learn More
  • One (1) Braves game ticket per student. Tickets can be printed or mailed.

If you have questions, about the "Home Run Readers" Summer Reading program, please contact Community Affairs Coordinator, Kathryn Bennett at 404.494.1020 or email at

    Suggested Reading Lists

    Grades 9-12

    Bryant, Howard. 2010. The last hero: a life of Henry Aaron. New York: Pantheon Books. (10-12) NF

    Gould, Stephen Jay. 2003. Triumph and tragedy in Mudville: a lifelong passion for baseball. New York: W.W. Norton. (10-12) NF

    Hample, Zack. 2007. Watching baseball smarter: a professional fan's guide for beginners, semi-experts, and deeply serious geeks. New York: Vintage Books. (8-12) NF

    Powell, Randy. 1995. Dean Duffy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (8-12) F

    Stewart, Mark. 1998. Baseball: a history of the national pastime. New York: F. Watts. (7-10) NF

    Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 1994. Baseball: an illustrated history. New York: A.A. Knopf. (9-12 )NF

    Weaver, Will. 1993. Striking out. New York, NY: HarperCollins. (8-12) F

    Chany, Kalman A. 2016. Paying for college without going broke. New York : Penguin Random House.

    Chatzky, Jean Sherman. 2010. Not your parents' money book : making, saving, and spending your own money. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

    McGuire, Kara. 2015. All about the green : the teens' guide to finding work and making money. North Mankato, Minnesota : Compass Point Books.

    McGuire, Kara. 2015. Making money work : the teens' guide to saving, investing, and building wealth. North Mankato, Minnesota : Compass Point Books.

    Rankin, Kenrya. 2011. Start it up : the complete teen business guide to turning your passions into pay. San Francisco : Zest Books.


    Grades 6-8

    Berman, Len. 2010. 25 greatest baseball players of all time. Naperville, Ill: Sourcebooks. (5-8) NF

    Goodman, Michael E. 2012. The story of the Atlanta Braves. Mankato, MN: Creative Education. (5-8) NF

    Johnson, Scott. 1999. Safe at second. New York: Philomel Books. (5-8) F

    Krasner, Steven. 2002. Play ball like the pros: tips for kids from 20 big league stars. Atlanta, Ga: Peachtree. (5-9) NF

    Lupica, Mike. 2008. The big field. New York, NY: Philomel Books. (5-8) F

    Lupica, Mike. 2006. Heat. New York: Philomel Books. (6-9) F

    Macy, Sue. 1993. A whole new ball game: the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. New York: H. Holt. NF

    McKissack, Pat, and Fredrick McKissack. 1994. Black diamond: the story of the Negro baseball leagues. New York: Scholastic. (6-10) NF

    Nelson, Kadir. 2008. We are the ship: the story of Negro League baseball. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. (5-8) NF

    Ritter, John H. 2003. The boy who saved baseball. New York: Philomel Books. (5-7) F

    Tocher, Timothy. 2004. Chief Sunrise, John McGraw, and me. Chicago: Cricket Books. (6-9)

    Cribb, Joe. 1990. Money. New York : Knopf.

    Curtis, Christopher Paul. 2012. The mighty Miss Malone. New York : Wendy Lamb Books.

    Curtis, Christopher Paul. 2005. Mr. Chickee's funny money. New York : Wendy Lamb Books.

    Paulsen, Gary. 2007. Lawn boy. New York : Wendy Lamb Books.

    Wolff, Virginia Euwer. 1993. Make lemonade. New York : H. Holt.


    Grades 4-5

    Cook, Sally, James Charlton, and Ross MacDonald. 2007. Hey batta batta swing!: the wild old days of baseball. New York: M.K. McElderry Books. (3-5) NF

    Corbett, Sue. 2006. Free baseball. New York: Dutton Children's Books. (4-7) F

    Dreier, David Louis. 2010. Baseball: how it works. Mankato, Minn: Capstone Press. (4-7) NF

    Gutman, Dan. 2000. Babe and me: a baseball card adventure. New York: Avon Books. (4-7) F

    Haven, Paul, and Tim Jessell. 2006. Two hot dogs with everything. New York: Random House. (4-7) Fgl

    Roberts, Ken, and Leanne Franson. 2006. Thumb on a diamond. Toronto: Groundwood Books. (3-5) F

    Tavares, Matt. 2010. Henry Aaron's dream. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick Press. (2-6) NF

    Wong, Stephen, and Susan Einstein. 2007. Baseball treasures. New York, NY: Smithsonian. (4-7) NF

    Greene, Stephanie. 2000. Owen Foote, money man. New York : Clarion Books.

    Murphy, Stuart J. 1997. Elevator magic. New York, NY : HarperCollins.

    Murphy, Stuart J. 1997. Just enough carrots. New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers.

    Nagel, Karen Berman. 1996. The lunch line. New York : Scholastic Inc.

    Schwartz, David M. 1985. How much is a million? New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books.


    Grades K-3

    Bildner, Phil, and S. D. Schindler. 2011. The unforgettable season: the story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the record-setting summer of '41. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. (2-4) NF

    Franks, Katie. 2007. I want to be a baseball player. New York: PowerKids Press. (2-4) NF

    Mochizuki, Ken, and Dom Lee. 1993. Baseball saved us. New York: Lee & Low. (2-4) F

    Vernick, Audrey, and Steven Salerno. 2012. Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team. New York: Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (1-3) NF

    Vernick, Audrey. 2010. She loved baseball: the Effa Manley story. New York: HarperCollins. (1-3) NF

    Winter, Jonah, and Andre? Carrilho. 2009. You never heard of Sandy Koufax?! New York, N.Y.: Schwartz & Wade Books. (2-4) NF

    Berenstain, Stan. 1983. The Berenstain bears' trouble with money. New York : Random House.

    Brown, Marc Tolon. 1995. Arthur's TV trouble. Boston : Little, Brown.

    Hoban, Russell. 1970. A bargain for Frances. New York ; Evanston ; London : Harper & Row, Publishers.

    Wells, Rosemary. 1997. Bunny money. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers.

    Williams, Vera B. 1982. A chair for my mother. New York : Greenwillow Books.