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Baby Ballers: Michael Jordan

Part of Baby Ballers
Illustrated by Neely Daggett
Published by Silver Dolphin Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Introduce a new generation to Michael Jordan with this cute board book for baby basketball fans!

"Silver Dolphin gets nothing but net with Baby Ballers: Michael Jordan by Bernadette Baillie, a board book introduction to the NBA superstar." (Publishers Weekly, 2021)

Before he was a legend, Michael Jordan was just a kid who loved to play basketball. Follow along as he dribbles, shoots, and scores his way to fame in this illustrated board book—armed with a determination that hasn’t been matched! Introduce little ones to the life of a true game changer in this adorable board book perfect for baby ballers!

Bernadette Baillie is a Filipina American writer and speaker based in San Diego, California. Growing up in a sports-obsessed family, her first job was at a sporting goods store during the heyday of some of the greats of basketball, football, and baseball, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Walter Peyton, and Ken Griffey, Jr. She came of age at the exact time of the signature athlete shoe and sold hundreds of pairs of Air Jordans as a teenager. Bernadette earned a degree in Advertising from Pepperdine University before moving to New York City to work at MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, and Sony Music Entertainment. As a mom for four kids, she spends her time shuttling her kids to practices, games, the beach, and various skate parks. Finding ways to honor, depict, celebrate, and promote diversity in publishing is her lifelong passion.

Neely Daggett is an Iranian American artist who was born in Columbia, Missouri, in July 1982. She spent her early childhood riding bikes, swimming in lakes, exploring caves, and creating her own books out of construction paper. In sixth grade, her family relocated to Chicago, and although she currently lives in Portland, Oregon, she still considers herself a Chicagoan at heart. Neely has a degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Colorado. Neely is a mom to three human children, 21 plant babies, and one cat. Creating diverse, lovable characters for children's books is her passion. She is also very much inspired by nature and hopes to illustrate a book that promotes a cleaner, kinder planet someday.