Exclusive Video Interview with the Authors of Little Rhino: My New Team
by Traci Swain
“Books first, baseball second” is the rule in Rhino’s household. But did you know that it was also the real-life mantra of Philadelphia Phillies former first baseman Ryan Howard’s family when he was growing up?
Ryan and Krystle Howard are both superstars of their own fields—the baseball diamond and the classroom. Together, they’re eager to spread a love of reading and an appreciation of books to young readers everywhere!
Watch this Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive author interview video with husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Krystle Howard to learn some behind-the-scenes details about the creation of Little Rhino: My New Team, including:
• The importance of staying present in everything you do so that you can learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward
• How the Little Rhino series was inspired by Ryan’s childhood and Krystle’s experiences in the second grade classroom
• The central message Ryan and Krystle hope readers take away from their book series: just do the best you can, and things will be okay
Ryan Howard is a former Major League Baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is a three-time All-Star who won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2006. Ryan won a 2008 World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies. He reached both the 100– and 200–home run milestones the fastest in Major League Baseball history. Now retired from MLB, Ryan has become an entrepreneur and investor. He enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball team and being a father to his four children.
Krystle Howard is a former elementary school teacher with a passion for education and childhood literacy. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in elementary education and a minor in literacy. Krystle co-founded, with her husband, the Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports academic and athletic needs in various communities. She was instrumental in developing and implementing Ryan’s Reading Challenge—a program that resulted in more than one million minutes of reading by the children involved. Now a mom of four, Krystle enjoys family time and continues to give back to local charities she’s connected to.