These children’s books about sports related are great ways into books, both reading nonfiction and fiction. Start with a sport curiosity or interest and see what sports-themed book might be a good fit for your child. To get them reading. Or get them interested in a new sport.
Awesome Sports Themed Books for Kids
My First Book of Hockey Sports Illustrated Kids A Rookie Book
I highly recommend this informative book of cool graphics, simple text, and full color photographs that will teach young children about the game of hockey.
Goodnight Hockey (Sports Illustrated Kids) by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Christina Forshay
At the city’s outdoor arena, the hockey action is fast-paced and easy to follow through the book’s narration and illustrations. And when it’s game over, the kids happily say good-night. I’m impressed at how well Goodnight Hockey introduces young children to the game basics.
My First Book of Baseball Mostly Everything Explained About the Game A Rookie Book Sports Illustrated Kids
Perfect for the preschool set, this is a gorgeous picture book that explains the basics baseball with simple text (so important that it’s not text dense!) and vibrant photos. A “rookie” cartoon kid on every page to share fun facts. I highly recommend it!
My First Book of Football: Mostly Everything Explained About the Game Sports Illustrated Kids
What a fantastic picture book to show the basics of football!! Cartoons and photographs pair together to illuminate the game basics. Kids are going to LOVE it. I love it. I love the design and content. It’s really well done.
Dogsledding and Extreme Sports: A nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #54 by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, illustrated by Carlo Molinari (ages 6 – 8)
I learned a lot from this little book; it’s packed full of interesting information about many extreme sports such as open water swimming, the Iditarod, and the X Games.
The Kicks Hat Trick by Alex Morgan (book 4)
Finally, a fantastic book (series) for soccer girls! If you have a soccer player in your house, and I think a LOT of you do, you’ll want to get your soccer lover this book –actually, buy her the entire series. Written by Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Soccer team member (among other things), Alex Morgan, it’s a realistic story of life, friendship, and playing soccer. As happens in the real world, struggles and conflicts arise. In this particular story, Devin’s beloved Kicks team are separated in the winter soccer league. Not only does it seem like her friends are drifting away, Devin’s new coach encourages aggressive playing –and Devin’s not loving it.
Weird But True SPORTS: 300 Wacky Facts About Awesome Athletics National Geographic Kids
I wasn’t sure what to expect but again, National Geographic out did themselves. Not only are the facts weird (did you know professional hockey players can be penalized for tucking their jerseys into their pants?!), the facts come from a wide range of topics and sports. You might not expect to learn crazy facts about skateboarding, ostrich races, and jetsprint boats but you will in this book! Highly recommended.
1st and 10: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Football Sports Illustrated Kids
Bold layouts and fascinating information fill this huge book about everything football including the fastest players, best passer-receiver duos, tricky plays, sack masters, and so much more.
Sports Illustrated Kids Football Then to Wow!
This amazing nonfiction book makes ME, a non-sports fan, get interested in football. The layout and design plus the photographs make me want to devour all the football facts and info. I highly recommend this for any football fan – it’s packed full of information about football back in the day (1930s) and now days. Excellent!
Sports Illustrated Kids Baseball Then to Wow!
This is the kind of book that baseball loving kids will pour over, reading all the facts and sharing the illustrations and stats with friends. It’s cool, too — a combo of photos and fun layout and fonts!
Time for Kids All Access Your Behind the Scenes Pass to the Coolest Things in Sports
Your kids are going to LOVE the lift and look pages – they are tra translucent ges that lift up to reveal another image underneath. Like the page of a downhill skier, lift the top page and you can see her body’s muscles and organs. SO cool. From monster trucks to stadiums that convert from football to ice, this is one of the best nonfiction books that will keep your kids learning and reading.
Weird Zone: Sports
I love books about weird, and I suspect so do your kids. Learn all about the strangest sports in the world. Underwater bike racing? I only that that applied to basket weaving. Fun!
Sports Illustrated Kids What Are the Chances? The Wildest Plays in Sports
Stats and sports go hand in hand for sports enthusiasts, right? Flip through this dense book of photographs and you’ll see numbers pop out —
277 No-Hitters. At the start of the 2014 season, a total of 277 n0-hitters had been thrown in major league baseball history. . .
20 Wins in a Row. Only 4 teams have ever won 20 or more games in a row during an NBA regular season. . .
100 Assists in a Season. When Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins scored 139 points in 1970-1, . . .
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
Based on a real-life friendship, this story tells of the friendship between Jackie Robinson and his young next door neighbor, a Dodger fan named Steven Satlow, as told by Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson. Very well written and a great glimpse of this period of history as well as the man behind the legend.
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