There are a few children’s sports fiction and nonfiction titles that have caught my eye in the last year or so. In biographies, Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (J796.092S) by David Stabler has proven to be quite popular for 3rd – 5th graders.
There are more sports fiction books to choose from than there used to be. Author Jake Maddox is offering up easier, shorter books than Matt Christopher for beginning chapter book readers. The Athletes vs Mathletes series by W.C. Mack involves twin brothers who have opposite talents. This appeals to 4th – 6th grade readers. Kid Owner (JFIC GRE) by Tim Green appeals to the same age group and is about a kid who becomes owner of a football team. Newberry award winner The Crossover (JFIC ALE) by Kwame Alexander was chosen by several middle schools as their all school read this summer. It is a powerful story with the love of basketball and family at its core.
-Maggie Wrobel, Centreville Regional Library