The 2016 Olympics are wrapping up, and it’s a perfect time to capitalize on your kids’ Olympic fever! Here are some sports books sure to grab the attention of even reluctant readers.
Simone Biles: Superstar of Gymnastics
This biography aimed at 6-8 year olds may need an update in the wake of Simone’s gold medals! But in the meantime, kids who are enchanted by Simone’s grace and talent are sure to enjoy this easy biography.
The Fenway Foul-Up
The first book in a whole series of baseball mysteries (geared at the 6-9 year old crowd), The Fenway Foul–Up is the perfect way to get a young baseball lover hooked on a fun series.
For those of you with younger sports fans, Goodnight Football is a perfect introduction to the game that even toddlers will understand. Although it might be best to read this one in the middle of the day, rather than before bedtime, to avoid excited fans climbing back out of bed in hopes of a touchdown!
A perfect intro to a superstar from another kind of football (soccer) – this DK biography of Pelé will be enjoyed by soccer fans ages 10 and up, and reintroduce some of the Brazilian names kids may have picked up while watching the Rio Games!
Maisy Learns to Swim
This one has been a favorite of both of my girls; it shows Maisy going to her first swim lesson, and explains what swimming is, and how to practice it safely. Perfect for young toddlers who may be about to start swim lessons of their own!
Z is for Zamboni
A rhyming alphabet book that also includes facts and pictures from hockey history, this one is geared at readers, but could also be a nice read-aloud for a slightly younger kid; especially those who live in climates where hockey is popular!
A super cute book with a riddle on each page, simple enough for toddlers to guess with excitement, but also interesting enough that preschoolers will enjoy learning about basketball too.
Hour of the Olympics
For kids who are curious about how the Olympics began, Hour of the Olympics (and its nonfiction companion, Ancient Greece and the Olympics), are the perfect pick. Jack and Annie time-travel back to ancient Greece, only to discover that girls weren’t allowed to participate in the Olympics in ancient times.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
The story of a young Chinese immigrant named Shirley, who is struggling to adapt to life in America, and who finds joy in Jackie Robinson’s amazing baseball season in 1947. I had to read this book in 4th grade, and loved it.
The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon
The 1904 Olympic Marathon in St. Louis was crazy – from cheaters who drove part of the way, to people who struggled in the intense heat; this cute picture book captures all the details.
How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals
No list of Olympic sport-inspired books would be complete without Michael Phelps! And he actually co-wrote a picture book in the wake of the 2008 Beijing Games, which tells about his training regime with cute pictures and words.