The Right Thing to Do inspires readers to be kind, help others – like Joe

Joe Mauer is a Minnesota sports icon and Twins Hall of Famer. But long before he was one of the […]

Cover of Joe Mauer's book "The Right Thing To Do". Cartoon characters of Joe Mauer with a person who is blind.

Joe Mauer is a Minnesota sports icon and Twins Hall of Famer. But long before he was one of the best-ever Major League Baseball players, he was making an impact with kindness and compassion. 

Based on true stories, the new book The Right Thing to Do follows Joe Mauer as he grows from a child athlete to a baseball superstar—and learns to be a good friend along the way. 

The book was written by veteran KSTP-TV sports anchor Joe Schmit and published by Wise Ink Media. 

Cover of Joe Mauer's book "The Right Thing To Do". Cartoon characters of Joe Mauer with a person who is blind.

The book is about Joe Mauer as a child, his growing up in St. Paul’s Midway area and his days at St. Columba Elementary. He loves sports, but loves baseball most of all.  
When he accidentally hits a baseball through his neighbor’s window, he learns a valuable lesson: While sports are important, choosing kindness is always the right thing to do. 

The book outlines stories of inclusion and helping everyone belong. Readers can, follow a young Joe Mauer as he grows from a child athlete to a high-school superstar and eventually becomes one of the best-ever Major League Baseball players. 

Readers will learn valuable lessons about making good choices, choosing kindness, and telling the truth. They will enjoy heartwarming examples of healthy friendships and uplifting messages about following your dreams.

All proceeds benefit Thumbs Up and Highland Friendship Club, Minnesota nonprofit organizations that serve people with disabilities. 

Joe Mauer is a Minnesota sports icon. Born and raised in St. Paul, Mauer was the number-one pick in the amateur baseball draft chosen by the Minnesota Twins in 2001. After a stellar 15-year career, the Twins retired his number and inducted him into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame. He is a six-time All-Star, three-time batting champion, three-time winner of the Golden Glove Award, and the 2019 American League MVP. 

In his collaborative, debut children’s book, Mauer partnered with Thumbs Up and Highland Friendship Club, donating all of the story’s profits to support the nonprofit organizations and their missions. He continues to be a community leader and embodies the message in The Right Thing to Do. 

Joe Schmit is a sports broadcaster, keynote speaker and author. He has won 19 Emmy awards from the National Television Academy and is a member of the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame. 

Dedicated to inspiring others toward meaningful work, Schmit has published two books on purpose and significance: Silent Impact and The Impact Blueprint. In collaboration with Mauer, Schmit made his children’s book debut with The Right Thing to Do. As part of his ongoing commitment to community involvement and charitable contributions, all proceeds from the book benefit Thumbs Up and Highland Friendship Club. 

Kevin Cannon is a Minnesota cartoonist and illustrator who is best known for his detailed cartoon maps in the Star Tribune as well as his humorous all-ages graphic novel, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy. 

The last decade has found him splitting his time between drawing children’s books and creating illustrations for clients including Apple, Harvard and the US Naval Academy, and publications including Village Voice, Minnesota Monthly and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. 

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