W is for Wrigley: The Friendly Confines Alphabet

Cover: W is for Wrigley: The Friendly Confines Alphabet

What is the oldest ballpark in the National League? Whose famous scoreboard is still operated by hand? Whose outfield has ivy-covered redbrick walls ready to snatch home run dreams away from a batter? If you’re a baseball fan and live anywhere in the Midwest, you know the answer. It’s Wrigley Field in Chicago! Just in time to celebrate the April ’14 centennial of its opening day comes W is for Wrigley: A Friendly Confines Alphabet, an alphabetical tribute to the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. As one of only two major league stadiums to host baseball for at least 100 seasons, Wrigley Field has seen a lot of baseball history, including memorable Crosstown Classics and pitching feats by Kerry Wood, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddux. From the fans’ chant of “Go, Cubs, Go!” to the “Hey, Hey” home run call of longtime announcer Jack Brickhouse, baseball fans will enjoy reading about the field’s history, features, and momentous events.



  • Dewey: 796.357/640977311
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585368167): 32 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2013, 08/01/2013
  • PDF (9781627530415): 32 pages, © 2013, 08/01/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627535762): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 8 - Age 11
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 6
  • ATOS Reading Level: 6.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 162733
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

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Author: Brad Herzog

Chicago native Brad Herzog's first published story was the tale of his brief stint as a big league bat boy. He has watched the Cubs play from the box seats, the bleachers, the press box, even the Wrigleyville rooftops. Among his numerous books for Sleeping Bear Press are baseball books--H is for Home Run, Full Count, Little Baseball, I Spy With My Little Eye Baseball, and W is for Wrigley: The Friendly Confines Alphabet. A multiple winner from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Brad has written dozens of other books about subjects ranging from soccer and small-town America to civil rights and saving the planet. He now lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with his wife, but visits schools around the country as a guest author, inspiring students about the joys of reading and writing and the possibilities of imagination.

Illustrator: John Hanley

John Hanley attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied under the guidance of the most talented artists and instructors in the Midwest. John’s love of sports, along with his artistic talent has resulted in his current achievements: painting the athletes and legends of today and yesterday. He has worked directly with Hall of Fame and current athletes and professional sports teams and their sponsors with commemorative limited-edition prints. John’s original paintings and prints are collected across the country. He lives with his wife, Carol, and their three children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.