click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the original art used on the book jacket cover   The Kid from Diamond Street  -written by  Audrey Vernick  & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 2016.   True story of Philadelphia girl Edith Houghton who became a professional baseball player at age ten and in 1925 at age 13 she was a star players on the all-female baseball team touring Japan and competing against their all-male baseball teams.    View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.    "Salerno's mixed-media artwork channels the footloose energy of the Jazz Age"   -Publishers Weekly    “Vernick offers plenty of details about Edith’s life on the baseball circuit, telling the tale in a conversational tone that brings the events to life and indicating that the concept of women playing alongside and against men was, if not common, perfectly acceptable... A forgotten star shines anew. Salerno's illustrations, variously rendered in charcoal, ink, and gouache, as well as digital color, lovingly evoke the time period and the settings”    - Kirkus Reviews    “The compelling story and energetic illustrations make this an excellent addition.”   -School Library Journal    “Salerno’s mixed-media illustrations are a lively amalgam of action and scenic panorama”   -Bulletin    “This timely message about playing simply for the love of the game, as opposed to personal glory or celebrity, comes through loud and clear”   -Booklist    “Illustrator Steven Salerno uses strong lines and rich colors to bring a sense of fun and nostalgia to Edith Houghton's remarkable story"   -The Wall Street Journal    -A Junior Library Guild Selection    -2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List    -A NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People    -An ILA/CBC Children's Choice    - A 2019 Beehive Book Award Nominee (Utah)    - 2018-19 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Nominee
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of the cover for    The Kid from Diamond Street    - A Junior Library Guild Selection     see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date     View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  young Edith. age ten, at the team tryouts.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  spread scene showing the travel route by train and steamship that little Edith took to Japan in 1925.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary  SKETCH:  a   Philadelphia   newspaper reporter (circa 1923) covering the baseball games of young Edith Houghton.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of scene with Edith and her teammates boarding a steam ship heading for Yokohama, Japan...   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  The all-female American baseball team practicing on the deck of the steamship  President Jefferson , enroute to Japan in 1925.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  The all-female baseball team from USA arrives in Yokohama in 1925 -traveling through the city via rickshaw to their hotel.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  thirteen year old   Edith Houghton at bat in her very first game played in Japan.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the original art used on the book jacket cover   The Kid from Diamond Street  -written by  Audrey Vernick  & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 2016.   True story of Philadelphia girl Edith Houghton who became a professional baseball player at age ten and in 1925 at age 13 she was a star players on the all-female baseball team touring Japan and competing against their all-male baseball teams.    View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.    "Salerno's mixed-media artwork channels the footloose energy of the Jazz Age"   -Publishers Weekly    “Vernick offers plenty of details about Edith’s life on the baseball circuit, telling the tale in a conversational tone that brings the events to life and indicating that the concept of women playing alongside and against men was, if not common, perfectly acceptable... A forgotten star shines anew. Salerno's illustrations, variously rendered in charcoal, ink, and gouache, as well as digital color, lovingly evoke the time period and the settings”    - Kirkus Reviews    “The compelling story and energetic illustrations make this an excellent addition.”   -School Library Journal    “Salerno’s mixed-media illustrations are a lively amalgam of action and scenic panorama”   -Bulletin    “This timely message about playing simply for the love of the game, as opposed to personal glory or celebrity, comes through loud and clear”   -Booklist    “Illustrator Steven Salerno uses strong lines and rich colors to bring a sense of fun and nostalgia to Edith Houghton's remarkable story"   -The Wall Street Journal    -A Junior Library Guild Selection    -2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List    -A NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People    -An ILA/CBC Children's Choice    - A 2019 Beehive Book Award Nominee (Utah)    - 2018-19 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Nominee
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: the original art used on the book jacket cover

The Kid from Diamond Street -written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

True story of Philadelphia girl Edith Houghton who became a professional baseball player at age ten and in 1925 at age 13 she was a star players on the all-female baseball team touring Japan and competing against their all-male baseball teams.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

"Salerno's mixed-media artwork channels the footloose energy of the Jazz Age" -Publishers Weekly

“Vernick offers plenty of details about Edith’s life on the baseball circuit, telling the tale in a conversational tone that brings the events to life and indicating that the concept of women playing alongside and against men was, if not common, perfectly acceptable... A forgotten star shines anew. Salerno's illustrations, variously rendered in charcoal, ink, and gouache, as well as digital color, lovingly evoke the time period and the settings” -Kirkus Reviews

“The compelling story and energetic illustrations make this an excellent addition.” -School Library Journal

“Salerno’s mixed-media illustrations are a lively amalgam of action and scenic panorama” -Bulletin

“This timely message about playing simply for the love of the game, as opposed to personal glory or celebrity, comes through loud and clear” -Booklist

“Illustrator Steven Salerno uses strong lines and rich colors to bring a sense of fun and nostalgia to Edith Houghton's remarkable story" -The Wall Street Journal

-A Junior Library Guild Selection

-2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List

-A NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

-An ILA/CBC Children's Choice

- A 2019 Beehive Book Award Nominee (Utah)

- 2018-19 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Nominee

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of the cover for    The Kid from Diamond Street    - A Junior Library Guild Selection     see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date     View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cropped view of the cover for The Kid from Diamond Street

- A Junior Library Guild Selection

see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  young Edith. age ten, at the team tryouts.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: young Edith. age ten, at the team tryouts.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  spread scene showing the travel route by train and steamship that little Edith took to Japan in 1925.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: spread scene showing the travel route by train and steamship that little Edith took to Japan in 1925.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary  SKETCH:  a   Philadelphia   newspaper reporter (circa 1923) covering the baseball games of young Edith Houghton.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: preliminary SKETCH: a Philadelphia newspaper reporter (circa 1923) covering the baseball games of young Edith Houghton.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of scene with Edith and her teammates boarding a steam ship heading for Yokohama, Japan...   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cropped view of scene with Edith and her teammates boarding a steam ship heading for Yokohama, Japan...

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  The all-female American baseball team practicing on the deck of the steamship  President Jefferson , enroute to Japan in 1925.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: The all-female American baseball team practicing on the deck of the steamship President Jefferson, enroute to Japan in 1925.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  The all-female baseball team from USA arrives in Yokohama in 1925 -traveling through the city via rickshaw to their hotel.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: The all-female baseball team from USA arrives in Yokohama in 1925 -traveling through the city via rickshaw to their hotel.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  thirteen year old   Edith Houghton at bat in her very first game played in Japan.   View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: thirteen year old Edith Houghton at bat in her very first game played in Japan.

View a posting on Steven's blog to see how the illustrations for this picture book were created.