Read Your Way to Tokyo! A Summer Games Primer

by Tom Burns

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There’s something really wonderful about watching the Summer Games with your kids. While it’s always fun to watch the competition at that level, sharing those athletic accomplishments with a younger generation always feels like — pardon the pun — a passing of the torch. Like you’re introducing your child to something special, telling them, “I need to show you what astonishing things human beings can do.”

The 2021 Summer Games are taking place in Tokyo, so if you want to start getting your kid excited for the events in swimming, gymnastics, track, and more — they start on July 23 — here are some excellent books about the athletes and the big event itself that should definitely get them interested in seeing who’s coming home with the gold this year.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2021.