Not much on first glance, it’s true. Baseball hadn’t even turn professional when Daniel Boone made that famous run. But then you might think: Well, Michael, there is a lot of running in both Baseball and in Daniel Boone’s story. And then you might follow that up with, Hey, Michael, don’t you have beautifully-illustrated books on each subject?
And yes, Daniel Boone’s Great Escape and Baseball From A to Z both have fabulous illustrations. I have been extraordinarily lucky in getting matched up with incredibly talented illustrators for all my picture books. For inning #4, running today January 20 through February 2, to celebrate that good fortune, I want to give away a great read (if I do say so myself) – The Youngest Templar – for calling out great illustrations. Click through any of my picture book pages: either Daniel Boone, Baseball From A to Z, my soon-to-be-released book about The Pony Express, or any of my backlist: The Legend of Blue Jacket, Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen, and my “grown-up” picture book: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! (which admittedly might be too much for the wee ones), and in a comment below, tell me which illustration you like the best, or even just a lot. If you have the book in hand and you want to call out an illustration on a page not on the site, even better! Become a fan on Facebook and you can be doubly entered (make sure to pop back and tell me you became a fan).