Becoming Babe Ruth

By Matt Tavares
Illustrated by Matt Tavares

“This exceptionally engaging chronicle recounts Ruth’s amazing rags-to-riches story. . . . Equally important, the art captures Ruth’s irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball.” — Booklist (starred review)

Before he becomes known as the Babe, George Herman Ruth is just a boy who lives in Baltimore and has a knack for getting into trouble. But when he turns seven, his father takes him to Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and his life is changed. Here, under the watchful eye of Brother Matthias, George evolves as an athlete and a man. With vivid illustrations and clear affection for his subject, Matt Tavares sheds light on an icon who learned early that life is what you make of it — and sends home a message about honoring the place you come from. Back matter includes an author’s note, Babe Ruth’s career statistics, and a bibliography.

  • A picture book biography reformatted as a 6x9 and included in a range of Candlewick Biographies, targeting the educational market.
  • This rags-to-riches story focuses on Babe Ruth's lasting relationship with the orphanage where he grew up.
  • A fine companion to Matt Tavares's other Candlewick Biographies, There Goes Ted Williams and Henry Aaron's Dream.

About the author

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, Mudball, Henry Aaron's Dream, and There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. He is also the illustrator of The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, among other picture books. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

ISBN: 9780763687687
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Dimensions: 152 x 228mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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