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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Just in Time for the Olympics -- Children’s Sports Books

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.


 
For girls with an interest in baseball or softball, the autobiography, Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name (JB Davis) has proven inspirational. She was the first Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2014.
For kids who can’t sit still, there is Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still (JB Comaneci) by Karlin Gray. This is the true story of a child who funneled pent up energy into winning Olympic gold in gymnastics.


The historically based picture book, Quickest Kid in Clarksville (JP MIL) by Pat Zietlow Miller brings to life the community celebration of gold medalist Wilma Rudoph in a small segregated town. For middle grade readers, Howard Bryant’s Legends: The Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball (J796.357B) has been highly praised.




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

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