If you're a college basketball fan, you'll be excited to hear that Publisher's Weekly reports that Dickie V has joined the children's book ranks and I'm sure he'll be a diaper dandy!
Vitale, the legendary ESPN college basketball analyst, grandfather of five and an advocate for early childhood development, has recently released the first in what will be a series of educational and inspirational books for children. Ascend Books published Dickie V's ABCs and 1-2-3s: A Great Start for Young Superstars, a 32-page, 6" x 8" board book with full color illustrations by Craig Lueck, who is an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. The book teaches the alphabet through basketball words that Vitale uses in his national broadcasts and has a feature I can't wait to check out-- a button children can press to hear a recorded message from Vitale.
Ascend Books has signed Vitale to six more children's titles, which will cover issues including motivation, childhood obesity, bullying, and the importance of a positive attitude. The next book is slated for publication in fall 2011. It'll be fun to watch Dickie V "Bringing a W!"