The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil


by Kristy Nerstheimer

Illustrated by Christian Paniagua

Meet John Jordan ‘Buck’ O’Neil Jr., baseball player extraordinaire and eternal optimist. Follow him on his journey from childhood dreams, to playing baseball with the Kansas City Monarch, to becoming the first African American coach in the major leagues. He is a baseball legend who showed the world how to live, love, and play ball.

SKU: 9781633330535 Category:

Hardcover with embossed dust jacket

Ages 7-13


Kristy Nerstheimer, an educator for over 20 years, holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She writes for various educational organizations including the Kansas Historical Society and the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center. Just like Buck O’Neil, Kristy thinks love is the greatest thing and enjoys sharing that love with children everywhere. She lives in Kansas with her husband and their two daughters.


Christian Paniagua, a native New Yorker, is an alumnus of Pratt Institute where he received two degrees in Communication Design. Christian’s art flows from his urban roots, love for animation, comics, and educational background. His whimsical approach and distinctive blend of movement, colors, and emotions into artwork allow him the freedom to diversify his designs. His resume as an illustrator and graphic design artist encompasses a 25-year career.

Jen Mann

Jen Mann is best known for her wildly popular and hysterical blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Jen is known for her hilarious rants and funny observations. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges which was a Finalist for a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award. She is also the mastermind behind the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series.

Jen is a married mother of two children whom she calls Gomer and Adolpha in her writings – she swears their real names are actually worse.

Ashley Craft

As a child who grew up in Anaheim, California, Ashley Craft could recite the Star Tours ride by heart, navigate the Park without a map, and fell asleep to the sound of Disneyland fireworks each night in her bedroom. After two internships at Walt Disney World and many, many more visits to the Disney Parks, Ashley is now one of the leading experts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Her popular blog, Ashley Crafted, is best known for featuring recipes inspired by Disney Park foods to help people recreate that Disney magic right in their own kitchens. Today, Ashley lives in Kansas with her husband, Danny, and three kids, Elliot, Hazel, and Clifford…but she still makes time to visit the Mouse. Learn more at

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