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Winter Olympics

Winter is a time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather, particularly in places where there is lots of snow! In fact, snow is one of the reasons why the 2014 Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia from February 7–23. Read about Olympic history, how athletes (human and animal) train for and participate in various sports, and the science of snow. Whether indoors or outside, you'll enjoy the winter games as you watch them and read about them.

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Ancient Greece and the Olympics (A Magic Treehouse Research Guide)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Where and how the Olympics began is explored in this factual companion to Hour of the Olympics (one in the fantasy series in which siblings Annie and Jack time travel). The informational book stands alone or can augment the novel (for 6-9 year olds) as they explore the origins of the Olympics.

Cross-Country Cat

By: Mary Calhoun
Illustrated by: Erick Ingraham
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What kind of cat would go sliding off on skis, and who'd believe it anyway? When the family accidentally leaves Henry, their sassy Siamese, behind at the ski lodge, he takes matters into his own paws in this beguiling adventure. [Amazon]

Freeze Frame: A History of the Winter Olympics

By: Sue Macy
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The winter games began in France in 1924. This compelling examination of their start, the evolution of the games, and more are revealed in photographs and compelling text. It is current through the 2006 winter Olympic Games.

Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

By: Chris Van Dusen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In this rhyming adventure, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee learn to ski. They didn't expect to run into a very curious moose, however, which turns their outing a real cliffhanger!


By: B.G. Hennessy
Illustrated by: Michael Chesworth
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

All over the world, people are getting ready for the Olympics. Runners, swimmers, skiers, and skaters are practicing; teams are learning to work together. Meanwhile, workers are making flags, medals, uniforms and equipment. But soon the Olympic torch will be lighted and the games will start. [Amazon]

Russia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Russia

By: Ann Berge
Illustrated by: Jeffrey Joseph Yesh
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Privyet! Welcome to Russia! Come along on this ABC exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history, and culture of Russia. Read about diamond studded eggs, the deepest lake in the world, and other fascinating facts.

Skating Superstars

By: Scholastic, Inc.
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Figure skating has become a popular Winter Olympics sport. Meet well-known figure skaters from around the world in full color photographs and a readable but brief text. A table of contents allows newly independent readers to easily find their favorite skater in this collective biography.


By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Lauren Stringer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Snow has a different impact on those who experience it. This lyrical celebration of snow and related activities allows readers to experience it in many ways, from seeing trees anew or getting out cavorting in it told in poetic language and evocative illustrations.

Snowy Sports: Ready, Set, Play!

By: Per-Henrik Gurth
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Bright, boldly colored illustrations depict how young animals prepare to play outdoor winter games and sports. This basic, primarily visual introduction will serve as a simple introduction to lesser and well-known outdoor activities.

Tacky and the Winter Games

By: Helen Lester
Illustrated by: Lynn Munsinger
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While Tacky's friends train for the winter games, he sleeps during sit-ups, pigs out on pizza and doughnuts, and goofs off late into the night. The author brings in many facets of the Olympics: training before the games, the march of the athletes into the stadium for the opening ceremonies that include the lighting of a torch. Of course, there are also differences between these games and the televised ones — for skis, the penguins strap frozen fish to their feet! [Booklist]

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder

By: Mark Cassino
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What makes snow crystals unique? What conditions allow their formation? How does one catch a snowflake? These and additional information and activities about snow are explored in this lucid and attractive presentation just right as one watches winter games.

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