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Sports Books for Kids of All Ages

by Devon A. Corneal

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COVID-19 has changed the way a lot of us are viewing and participating in sports, so it’s more important than ever to keep young athletes and fans connected to the activities they love. Even if your slugger’s Little League season didn’t happen, they can still explore the magic of the ballpark. Ditto for your aspiring black belt, hoopster, or future lineman. Even if your child doesn’t play a sport, these great stories about competition, determination, grit, and overcoming obstacles are timeless and appropriate for anyone.

  • Picture Books and Early Readers

  • Karate Kids

    by Holly Sterling

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    Come join Maya for a karate class at her local dojo! Maya loves learning about blocking and patterns and showing her Sensei how hard she has worked. But the most important lesson Maya learns is that the encouragement of friends and teachers is the best part of any class.
    (Ages 3 - 7)

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  • How to Solve a Problem

    by Ashima Shiraishi, illustrated by Yao Xiao

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    If you thought rock-climbing was only for adults, think again. Ashima Shiraishi is considered to be one of the best teenage climbers in the world – and she started climbing rocks in the park when she was just six years old! Her story will inspire and challenge children to tackle any obstacle in their way, and to trust themselves and their own abilities — no matter what life throws at them.
    (Ages 4 - 8)

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  • Sports Star Mad Libs Junior

    by Roger Price

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    Dreaming of the time you can get back and play with your team? Or perhaps, you’re just feeling a little bored being stuck instead? If so, these Mad Libs are for you! Fill in the blanks with the silliest, most ridiculous words you can think of and create hilarious sports stories that will entertain you for hours.
    (Ages 5 - 8)

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  • Girl Running

    by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Micha Archer

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    Sometimes, it’s best not to tell someone they can’t do something, or they just might set out to prove you wrong. That’s what Bobbi Gibb did when she decided to become the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. With vibrant illustrations and an equally energetic story, Girl Running is sure to be a hit with any future track star in your house.
    (Ages 5 - 8)

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  • The Zach & Zoe Mysteries All Star Collection

    by Mike Lupica

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    Although Mike Lupica might best be known for his middle grade sports writing, he hasn’t forgotten elementary readers. In this four-book collection, twins Zach and Zoe combine their love of sports and solving mysteries to take readers on fun-filled adventures on the soccer pitch, baseball diamond, football field, and basketball court.
    (Ages 6 - 9)

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  • My Book of Gymnastics

    by DK

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    Gymnastics is all about power coupled with grace, exuberance tied to extreme control, and show-stopping charisma atop perfect technique. The sport is followed by eager young girls and boys thrilled to see their heroes defy gravity and stick seemingly impossible landings. This latest compendium not only tells the stories of the all-time greats of the sport, but also shows budding gymnasts how to break down complicated moves so they can follow in their footsteps.
    (Ages 6 - 9)

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  • Yoga For Kids

    by Susannah Hoffman

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    When you’re done with practice, there’s nothing better than a good stretch. Yoga teacher Susannah Hoffman understands better than anyone the important complementary role yoga can play for young athletes and has brought her more than 20 years of teaching experience to her latest project – yoga flashcards for kids! Perfect when you need a moment of meditative calm with a kid who can’t sit still, or a way to relax and cool down after an energetic game of soccer.
    (Ages 7 - 9)

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