In All About Roberto Clemente young readers (ages 9 through 13 years) will learn about this great baseball legend. Roberto Clemente became a baseball icon because of his talent and compassion. He was also known for overcoming prejudices against him.
He was drafted from Puerto Rico, where he spoke Spanish, when he was just eighteen. At first fans laughed at his Spanish accent and some even disliked him for the color of his skin.
Roberto worked hard to learn English and improve his baseball skills. He became one of the game’s greatest hitters while he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He was the first Latin American player to have 3,000 hits and his legacy of kindness and record breaking continues to inspire players.
All About Roberto Clemente is illustrated throughout. It is written for children grades 4th through 8th.
About the Author
Andrew Conte is the founding director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and has won multiple national and statewide awards for his work. The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Andrew three times with the Spotlight Award, its annual prize for investigative reporting, and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania has given him its annual top reporting prize four times. He is the author of the best-selling book Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Rebirth and the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award-winning book, The Color of Sundays. Andrew is a graduate of Dickinson College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives near Pittsburgh.
Bryan Janky is the illustrator of All About Roberto Clemente. He attended college at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he obtained a degree in illustration. Bryan has always focused his skills and efforts towards becoming a children’s book illustrator. Aside from illustrating, Bryan draws caricature portraits and designs customized resumes.