Phil Bildner

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Newburgh, New York. He spends much of his year visiting schools and libraries around the country and world. He is the author of over twenty books including the middle grade novel A Whole New Ballgame and picture books Marvelous Cornelius, The Soccer Fence, The Hallelujah Flight, and Twenty-One Elephants. Along with Loren Long, he is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series. Visit him online at

Books by this Author

Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium
Playing the Field
Home of the Brave
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You Can Be Smart AND Cool

Author Voices

February 18, 2009

1. In college, I batted against Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch, both prospects at the time in the Orioles organization. Needless to say, I didn’t do too well and was scared out of my mind. 2. In grade school, I took tennis lessons after school. Martina Navratilova and Dr Renee Richards practiced on the next court. 3. I have an NCAA Lacrosse Championship ring for Johns Hopkins University. In 1987, I was co-manager of the team. 4. In middle school/junior high, I used to do interviews with athletes for the school paper. I met Ron Darling in the Mets front office, Bob Bourne (Ken Morrow, John Tonelli, and Butch Goering) in the New York Islanders... see more

February 12, 2009

2009 is all about change! I want to make sure everybody knows about the exciting new changes that are happening in February with the chapter book series I've created with Loren Long. Well, our series Barnstormers is no longer going to be called Barnstormers. It's going to be Sluggers! So why change the title of a successful series in the middle of the series? Loren and I really liked the historical aspect of the term, Barnstormers. After all, our characters -- Griffith, Ruby, Graham and the Travelin’ Nine baseball team are -- in fact “barnstorming” as they travel around the country playing baseball. But we have learned that the title... see more

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