The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O&
The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O&
The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O&
The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O&
The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O&
The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O&

The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O'Neil + guide + Biography series

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By Kristy Nerstheimer    Illustrator Christian Paniagua

Licensed with MLB, Chicago Cubs, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM), Black Archives of Mid-America, and heirs of Buck O'Neil.

Join Buck O’Neil, Baseball Hall of Famer, through this first-person narrative from his childhood dreams, to playing baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs, to becoming the first Black coach in the major leagues. He is a baseball legend who showed the world how to live, love, and play ball. 

Buck’s legacy dovetails with the centennial celebrations of the Negro National Leagues and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This picture book biography is the debut title in a series of divers biographies for children.


Kansas Notable Book Award 2022 | Thorpe Menn Nominee 2022 | Pitch of KC, Best Local Author 2021  |  41st Original Art Show acceptance into New York Society of Illustrator's Museum 2021

A portion of all sales will be given to Buck’s nonprofit charity, First Base Enterprises and to the NLBM to continue his generous gifts for children.  

FORMAT: Hardcover - Printed in USA - 32 pages
PUBLICATION: February 2, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-63333-053-5


Offered free online:
Enhanced Curriculum Guide - title-related, 20-page, STREAM-based, fun activities, includes music, art and social emotional
Buck O’Neil Presentation - author reading with full illustrations, including awards he received, and highlights of his life
My Journey with Buck – author’s showcase of monthly events, honors, interviews, and celebrations
Buck voted into Baseball Hall of Fame - induction ceremony scheduled for July 2022
Approved for inclusion in Sarasota's 4th grade curriculum
The 41st Annual Original Art Exhibition - illustrations juried, accepted, and displayed in Society of Illustrators Museum, New York, New York 

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Title: The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil
Author: Kristy Nerstheimer Overland Park, KS
Illustrator: Christian Paniagua New York, NY
Publisher: The Little Fig®
Size (HxW): 11”X 9”
Binding: Hard cover 40 pages Printed in USA
BISAC: JNF007100 IO002010 SP0003030
Subjects: Picture book biography, Negro Leagues Baseball, Buck O’Neil biography, Segregation, MLB, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Cubs, Monarchs, Centennial celebrations, Black History Month, Racism, Black lives matter
Ages: 7-13 years of age
ISBN-13: 978-1-63333-053-5
Price: Retail $19.99
Pub Date: January 1, 2021


Author, Kristy Nerstheimer 

Thorpe Menn Nominee 2022

Kansas Notable Book

Pitch Best of KC 2021 – Voted Best Local

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