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All You Can Be
All You Can Be

All You Can Be

Learning & Growing Through Sports
By Kerry Wood, By Carrie Muskat

All You Can Be

JUVENILE NONFICTION

48 Pages, 10.75 x 10.75

Formats: Cloth, PDF

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

ISBN 9781600786891

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2012)

Price: $16.95
 
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Overview

In this colorful volume, illustrated by elementary school students from the Chicagoland area, veteran All-Star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood shares the valuable principles he’s learned throughout life. The importance of education, working hard to attain goals, building character, maintaining integrity, and accepting responsibility are just some of the life lessons he shares. Aimed at any young dreamer looking to develop a successful personality—whether they want to be president of the United States, the best teacher in their school, or even a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs—Wood provides advice for every youthful go-getter. Sharing his own highs and lows, both on and off the baseball field, he also stresses the importance of family and friends, the positive power of laughter, and doing the right thing.

Author Biography

Kerry Wood is a major league pitcher who has played for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees. He lives in Chicago. Carrie Muskat is the author of Banks to Sandburg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Cubs Cookbook. She lives in Chicago.

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Media

Kerry Wood, author of All You Can Be, was mentioned in the Chicago Sun-Times.
All You Can Be was featured on the Naperville Sun with coverage fom author Kerry Wood's book signing at Anderson's Bookshop.
All You Can Be was featured in conjunction with a signed book giveaway on TimeOutChicagoKids.com.
All You Can Be was mentioned in Positively Naperville.
All You Can Be was featured in TribLocal.com Naperville in conjunction with an upcoming book signing.
Kerry Wood, author of All You Can Be, was featured in an article in TribLocal Naperville.
All You Can Be was mentioned on Cubs.com on July 15 in an article about Kerry Wood and his early retirement.
All You Can Be was mentioned in The Chicago Sun-Times in conjunction with his book signing.
Kerry Wood, author of All You Can Be, did a Q&A with The Big Lead.
All You Can Be was mentioned on ArcaMax.com in the Kid's Home Library section. They say, "Wood provides thoughtful, time-tested advice for young go-getters who want to succeed on or off the field."

Book Signings

Past Events


Dec
11
Kerry Wood - All You Can Be ›
Naperville, IL
7:00pm
Jun
29
Kerry Wood - All You Can Be ›
Chicago, IL
7:00pm
May
30
Kerry Wood - All You Can Be ›
Chicago, IL
5:00pm
May
29
Kerry Wood - All You Can Be ›
Skokie, IL
7:30pm

Press Releases

 

All You Can Be: Learning & Growing Through Sports

By Kerry Wood with Carrie Muskat

Illustrated by 4th Graders Across Illinois

 

Popular Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood had dreams of becoming a successful athlete growing up, and as a youth, he was committed to his goal: he wanted to be a professional baseball player.  He is living proof that with hard work, determination and sacrifice, any dream - big or small - can become a reality.

 

In All You Can Be: Learning & Growing Through Sports (Triumph Books, June 2012) by Kerry Wood with Carrie Muskat (illustrated by Fourth graders from Chicago Public Schools), Wood shares the valuable principles he learned growing up that were instrumental to his current success in the big  leagues, including:

 

  • The importance of education
  • Always working hard to attain goals
  • Building character
  • Maintaining integrity
  • Accepting responsibility

Kerry shares his own personal stories about how he learned each lesson and was able to evolve and grow through every experience both good or bad. Those valuable principles are woven throughout the book along with artwork from Chicago Public School fourth graders who were asked to submit a drawing that exemplifies their own goals for the future. The 28 winners are the illustrators for All You Can Be, and a portion of all proceeds from sales of this book will help support children's programs run by the Wood Family Foundation.

 

"As a professional baseball player, I am granted the opportunity to help make an impact on today's youth and this book allows me to share the dream that became a reality with a lot of important lessons," explains Wood. 

 

All You Can Be: Learning & Growing Through Sports 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 a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Wood provides advice for every youthful go-getter. Sharing his own highs and lows, both on and off the baseball field, he also stresses the importance of family and friends, the positive power of laughter and why it is so important to always do the right thing.

 

About the Authors:

Kerry Wood grew up in Texas, where he dreamed of becoming a great pitcher like his hero, Nolan Ryan. After only three years in the minors, he was called up to the Cubs in 1998 and stunned the baseball world by throwing a one-hit, 20-strikeout game in only his fifth start. Despite struggling at time with injuries, he has worked hard to remain one of baseball's top pitchers for 13 seasons. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Sarah, and children, Justin, Katie and Charlie.

 

Carrie Muskat covers the Cubs as a reporter for MLB.com and has been writing about Major League Baseball since 1981. For her last book project she compiled and edited the Chicago Cubs Cookbook. Carrie writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

 

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WOOD FAMILY FOUNDATION (WFF)

Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah.  The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children's charities and the causes they support.  The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed. www.woodfamilyfoundation.org