Perfect Picture Book Friday: SWISH: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Today’s selection is a definite SLAM-DUNK! As someone who was born and raised in New York City, I’ve been a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters for decades. I’m also a huge fan of Suzanne Slade and Don Tate. So, when I heard about their new book which launches next week, I knew I had to share it with you.


Written by Suzanne Slade

Illustrated by Don Tate

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Integration, Teamwork, Sports

Synopsis: From Amazon:

The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters — the team that changed basketball forever.

In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot!
You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers — all rolled into one!
You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you’ve-got, out-to-win-it, sky’s-the-limit BASKETBALL!
You will find The Harlem Globetrotters, who played the most groundbreaking, breathtaking ball the world had ever seen. With rhythmic writing and dynamic illustrations, Swish! is a celebration of the greatness, goodness, and grit of this remarkable team.

Why I love this book:

  1. The story – I love stories where the little guy (or in this case, the big guys) overcomes hurdles and succeeds – and it’s a story about believing in yourself and teamwork – and how change does happen – although not always for the ‘right’ reasons. The basketball teams hired black players, not because the owners felt black players deserved equal rights, but because they wanted to win games.
  2. The illustrations – Don Tate – need I say more?
  3. The text – filled with power and energy, just like these amazing players.


Photo courtesy:

Make An Indoor Basketball Game

Lots of fun for the little ones – and it develops hand/eye coordination. Just take a paper cup, cut the bottom, tape to the wall slightly above head height of your child. Use a small rubber ball or crumple a piece of aluminum foil into a ball shape.

And here are many more basketball craft ideas:

Photo courtesy:

For detailed instructions:

And don’t forget to hop over to read a post on the Nerdy Book Club that Suzanne and Don did on the research for SWISH! lHere is the link to that Nerdy Book Club post .

Plus, here’s the awesome trailer:

I hope you all get your hands on a copy of SWISH! It’s available for pre-order at your favorite indie bookstore. And fortunately for us, there is a copy up for grabs as a giveaway, thanks to Suzanne Slade. Just leave a comment – and share on social media for additional tickets in the giveaway hat.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

18 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: SWISH: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters PLUS Giveaway

  1. Fabulous! Like Lynne Marie and Debbie Z., I grew up watching the Harlem Globetrotters! They were wonderful. Can’t wait to read this book. I think my basketball loving husband would love it too. 🙂

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  2. Swish! Love the title. As a native New Yorker, growing up in the Sout Bronx I enjoyed hearing the term Alley Oop! We all pretended to be one of the Harlem Globtrotters. I can’t wait to “Feel the Flow” of this book. The illustrations are incredible!

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  3. I don’t think you can go wrong with a book by Suzanne Slade and Don Tate. They are superstars! And this book sounds like a great mix of their creative talents, featuring groundbreaking athletes. Thanks for putting this book in the spotlight, Vivian! I’ll be adding it to my TBR list.

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