How to Speak Soccer:
From Assist to Woodwork:
An Illustrated Guide to Pitch-Perfect Jargon

Illustrations Ross MacDonald

"Cook and MacDonald define lingo that will help you look smart at your next viewing party."

Flatiron Books Spring 2017


How to speak football:
From Ankle Breaker to Zebra:
An Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab

Illustrations Ross MacDonald

"[How to Speak Football] is quickly becoming the glossary and the etiquette book for all things around the gridiron. More than 75 illustrations by award-winning Ross MacDonald complement the copy and the illustrations highlight some of the trivia big and small that every football fan will love."
―Jerry Milani, NY Sports Day

Flatiron Books 2016


How to Speak Baseball:
An Illustrated Guide to Ballpark Banter

Illustrations Ross MacDonald

Chronicle Books 2014

"An elegantly designed little book...capturing the colorful, frequently fanciful vocabulary that describes the world of baseball."
―Litchfield County Times


How to speak golf:
An Illustrated Guide to Links Lingo

Illustrations Ross MacDonald

Flatiron Books 2016

"Catering to both the newbie and the experienced golfer, Sally Cook's curated guide to golf lingo will leave your knowledge of the game above par."


Yankee Miracles
Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers

With Ray Negron

W. W. Norton / Liveright Publishing Company 2012

* Optioned for film in 2019

“A teen with a can of spray paint; a batboy at the World Series: a confidant to decades of Yankee stars, Negron weaves his compelling life story through the fabric of pinstripes, inviting the reader for an intimate look at four baseball decades in the Bronx.”—-Tyler Kempner, New York Times

“This affectionate ode to the team and its former owner is a welcome salve to the Yankees’ often self-inflicted bruises.”
- Sam Roberts, New York Times

“A compelling tale of redemption, of second chances, of unheralded gestures and of touching personal connections.”
(New York Daily News)

“The most storied team in baseball history has a few tales that even the most die-hard Yankees fans might not know… [An] inspiring story.” (


Hey Batta Batta Swing!
The Wild Old Days of Baseball

With James Charlton
Illustrations Ross MacDonald

Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Shuster 2007

* Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award
* Junior Library Guild Selection
* Best Illustrated Book Finalist, 2008 Connecticut Book Awards
* A 2007 Parents Choice Silver Award Winner
* Author James Patterson chose Batta Batta Swing! as one of his top five favorite children's books USA WEEKEND June 17-19, 2011

“With a catchy, conversational style, the authors present a potpourri of anecdotes and facts that reveal the many ways baseball has changed over the years. One of the many entertaining aspects of the book is the way the writers weave insider slang into the narrative, highlighted in bold and defined in the margin (e.g., "gappers: hits between outfielders"; "tweeners: hits between infielders").—Publisher’s Weekly STARRED review



Illustrations Laura Cornell

Joanna Cotler Books/Harper Collins 2004

* Starred review Booklist

* A Main selection of Children's Book-of-the-Month Club
* Named "Best Bedtime Book" by Nick Jr. Magazine

The staccato text and Cornell's gift for wacky details and pint-size hysteria make this the perfect choice for diehard insomniacs—and the parents who try to remember that they love them.”—Publisher’s Weekly


Another Season: 
A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son

With Gene Stallings

Little Brown 2009

* A New York Times Bestseller
* Translated into Japanese
* Featured on the Today Show
* 6 page feature in Parade Magazine

“A moving example of how career and family work together to transform people…You won't finish this yarn without shedding a tear.”
(Wall Street Journal)