Books by Theme
Experience the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the general fun of the Olympics with these recommended "gold medal" books for kids ages 0-9. Tap into the hubbub surrounding summertime sports by kicking in these winning nonfiction, poetry, and picture books for kids to read.
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens was a breakthrough athlete – an African American who captured the world stage (and four gold medals!) at the 11th Olympiad in Nazi Germany. In this book, readers will learn about his life through brief text and watercolor illustrations. Younger readers may enjoy Patricia and Fredrick McKissack’s picture book, Jesse Owens: Olympic Star.
Ancient Greece and the Olympics (Magic Tree House Research Guide)
Where and how the Olympics began is explored in this factual companion to Hour of the Olympics (in the Magic Tree House 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.
Hour of the Olympics
Annie and Jack travel back in time to the first Olympic games to retrieve a lost story, in this Magic Tree House story. There they learn a lot about what girls were — and were not — permitted to do in Ancient Greece.
Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection
Can a poem capture the excitement, exhilaration, or anguish of defeat when playing sports? The poems here do all that and more! It's an easy-to-read collection that's illustrated with just the right light touch.
Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics
Even though the ancient Greeks conceived the Olympics, it was a small Frenchman "with a shrill voice and a bushy mustache" who almost single-handedly brought the modern Olympics to life again. This revealing, clear, and handsome book provides an engaging and authoritative overview of the summer Olympics.
The Lucky Baseball Bat
Martin is convinced that he’s lost his ability to hit when his favorite baseball bat goes missing. Can he get both his bat and his confidence back in time to help the team win the championship?
The Mud Flat Olympics
The animals of Mud Flat decide to let the games begin in their unique version of Olympic competition. From the "Deepest Hole Contest" to the "River-Cross Freestyle," readers will chuckle with the furry Olympians.
The Summer Olympics
This straightforward introduction to the summer Olympics and their origins provides basic information and history for capable readers.
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
Wilma Rudolph not only overcame polio, she went on to become the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in Rome in 1960. Semiabstract paintings convey her power and personality in this accessible picture book biography.
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