Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

In her debut picture book, Beth Mills offers a pitch-perfect look at recess, friendship, and being a good sport.
First grader Ella McKeen is the undisputed kickball queen until a new girl named Riya shows up—and shows her up at recess. How does Ella handle losing? By throwing herself on the grass and screaming while the rest of the class watches her fall apart. Yikes!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV032040, JUV039220, JUV039050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 510
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 2.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503621
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Beth Mills

Beth Mills had a very boring job that didn't involve any art before she decided she'd much rather draw and write things for kids. Beth studied illustration at the Academy of Art University, where she learned how much she loves creating characters and giving them interesting stories. Beth also likes bright colors, fun shapes, and experimenting with all kinds of art. Beth lives in Texas with her family and far too many cats and dogs.

Classroom Book-a-Day Recommendations

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  • 2020-2021 Mockingbird Reading Program List, Winner, 2020
  • SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Long-listed, 2020
  • 2020 Florida Sunshine State Junior Young Reader's Award Nominee, Nominated, 2020
  • 2020-21 Show Me Readers Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2020
  • 2020 ILA Children's and Young Adult Book Award Honor Book, Winner, 2020
  • 2019 Writer's League of Texas Award, Winner, 2019


School Library Journal

“Emotions ring true in this relatable story. A good read-aloud choice to spark discussion.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will close this emotionally intelligent book with strong feelings—and will likely ask to hear it again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews