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All You Can Be
All You Can Be

All You Can Be

Dream It, Draw It, Become It!
By Curtis Granderson

JUVENILE NONFICTION

48 Pages, 10.75 x 10.75

Formats: Cloth, PDF, PDF

Cloth, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781600782473

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Aug 2009)

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Overview

Curtis Granderson grew up on the south side of Chicago. He loved sports and was determined to become a successful athlete. But perhaps because both of his parents were teachers, he had an even stronger desire to succeed in the classroom. He loved learning for its own sake, and from an early age, the importance of education. Now an established Major League Baseball star, Curtis has not forgotten the lessons he learned growing up. These are lessons not only about the importance of education, but also about working hard to attain goals; lessons about character, integrity, and personal responsibility. In his book All You Can Be, Granderson shares these valuable lessons with his young fans. He has also invited fourth graders from across the state of Michigan to submit artwork that exemplifies their own goals, the best of which has been culled here to illustrate the themes of the book. This is not just a book for aspiring athletes, it is a book for any young dreamer about how he or she can develop the character to help them succeed, whether they want to be the next president of the United States, the best teacher in the country, or even the center fielder for the Detroit Tigers.

Author Biography

Curtis Granderson is a Major League Baseball player who has be the starting center fielder for the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. In his short time as a professional baseball player he has established himself as one of the most electrifying talents in the game, both at the plate and while roaming center field. In 2007 he became one of only four players in baseball history—and the first since 1957—to record at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs, and 20 stolen bases in a single season. He is one of a handful of professional baseball players with a college degree, earning a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and business management at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Media

Curtis Granderson, author of All You Can Be, is the MLBPA man of the year.
The Michigan Department of Education talks about the donation of All You Can Be to all Michigan public elementary school libraries.
The Kalamazoo Gazette features All You Can Be and one of the local winners.
Detroit News Education and the Detroit Free Press talks to Curtis Granderson about All You Can Be.
The Morning Sun features two local artists that made the cut for All You Can Be.
The Voice covers the exploits of local 4th grade artists featured in All You Can Be.
Curtis Granderson joins Blaine & Lisa with Allyson on WDVD to talk All You Can Be.
One of the artists from All You Can Be is featured in the Grand Haven Tribune.
MLive.com looks at Curtis Granderson's commitment to children's education and All You Can Be.

Book Signings

Past Events


Aug
27
Curtis Granderson - "All You Can Be" ›
Royal Oak, MI
7:00pm
Aug
17
Curtis Granderson - "All You Can Be" ›
Birmingham, MI
7:00pm

Press Releases

All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson had dreams of becoming a successful athlete growing up, but perhaps because both of his parents were teachers, he had an even stronger desire to succeed in the classroom. Today he is much more than just a professional baseball player; he’s also a college graduate.

In All You Can Be: Dream It, Draw It, Become It! by Curtis Granderson (illustrated by fourth-graders across the state of Michigan) Granderson shares the valuable lessons he learned growing up that were instrumental in his current success including:

-Have Fun   
-Choose the right friends
-Play with passion
-Be a leader
-Value your family
-Be yourself
-Listen and learn
-Think positive
-Never be satisfied
 
Curtis shares his own personal stories about how he learned each lesson and was able to evolve and grow through every experience good or bad. Those valuable lessons are woven throughout the book along with artwork from fourth graders across the state of Michigan who were asked to submit a drawing that exemplifies their own goals for the future. The 29 winners are the illustrators for All You Can Be.

All You Can Be is a book for any young dreamer who wants to develop the character to succeed, whether it’s working towards becoming the next president of the United States, the best teacher in the country, or even the center field for the Detroit Tigers. It’s attainable as long as you believe in yourself and never give up. Curtis is living his dream and so can you!

About the Author:
Curtis Granderson is the starting center fielder for the Detroit Tigers. In his short time as a professional baseball player he has established himself as one of the most electrifying talents in the game, both at the plate and while roaming center field. In 2007 he became one of only four players in baseball history – and the first since 1957 – to record at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs, and 20 stolen bases in a single season. But the accomplishment that he is most proud of happened off the field. He is one of a handful of professional baseball players with a college degree, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Business Management at the University of Illinois – Chicago.

CONTACT: Natalie King, Triumph Books, 312.252.1252, n.king@triumphbooks.com


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