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50 Books about Sports

Compiled by Carling Febry
© 2011; updated periodcally

Originally developed in 2003 as part of a 12-month series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this bibliography was updated in 2011 and again in 2016.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


On the ball

    Alexander, Kwame. Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 237 pages. Ages 10-13

    Authors, Various and Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr., editors . Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court. Photographed by Charles R. Smith Jr.. Candlewick Press, 2011. 176 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Coy, John. Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game. Illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Carolrhoda, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 6Ė10

    Coy, John. Crackback. Scholastic Press, 2005. 201 pages. Ages 12-15

    Coy, John. Eyes on the Goal. Feiwel and Friends, 2010. 164 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    Gibbons, Gail. My Basketball Book. HarperCollins, 2000. Ages 3 - 8

    Gibbons, Gail. My Football Book. HarperCollins, 2000. Ages 3 - 8

    Javaherbin, Mina. Goal!. Illustrated by A. G. Ford. Candlewick Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Konigsberg, Bill. Out of the Pocket. Dutton, 2008. 264 pages. Age 13 and older

    Kuklin, Susan. Hoops with Swoopes. Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 10

    Laird, Elizabeth and Sonia Nimr . A Little Piece of Ground. U.S. edition: Haymarket, 2006. 221 pages. Ages 10-14

    Lannin, Joanne. A History of Basketball for Girls and Women: From Bloomers to Big Leagues. Lerner, 2000. 144 pages. Ages 9 and older

    Macy, Sue. Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems. Henry Holt, 2001. 152 pages. Ages 10 - 16

    McKissack, Jr., Fredrick . Shooting Star. Atheneum, 2009. 273 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Meshon, Aaron. Take Me Out to the Yakyu. Athenium, 2013. 36 pages. Ages 3-6

    Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 278 pages. Ages 13-16

    Myers, Walter Dean. Game. HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2008. 218 pages. Age 12 and older

    Richardson, Charisse. The Real Slam Dunk. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Dial, 2005. 80 pages. Ages 6-9

    Shang, Wendy Wan-Long. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu. Scholastic Press, 2011. 320 pages. Ages 9 - 13

    Smith, Charles R. . Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams. Dutton, 2000. 40 pages. Ages 8-14

    Smith, Jr., Charles R.. Hoop Kings. Candlewick Press, 2004. 37 pages. Ages 7-14

    Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2005. 296 pages. Ages 10-13


Pool, mat, track & gym

    Adler, David A.. America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle. Illustrated by Terry Widener. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 7 - 11

    Ancona, George. Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!. Lee & Low , 2007. 48 pages. Ages 7-11

    Bruchac, Joseph. Jim Thorpe's Bright Path. Illustrated by S.D. Nelson. Lee & Low, 2004. 40 pages. Ages 7 - 11

    Freedman, Russell. Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion. Clarion, 1999. 192 pages. Age 11 and older

    Lee, Fonda. Zeroboxer. Flux, 2015. 353 pages. Age 14 and older

    Lewin, Ted. At Gleasonís Gym. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007. 40 pages. Ages 8-12

    Lipsyte, Robert. Yellow Flag. HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2007. 234 pages. Age 14 and older

    Martino, Alfred C.. Pinned. Harcourt, 2005. 320 pages. Ages 13-16

    Myers, Walter Dean. The Greatest: Muhammad Ali. Scholastic, 2001. 172 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Trollinger, Patsi B.. Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World's Greatest Jockeys. Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue. Viking, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

    Yoo, Paula. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story. Illustrated by Dom Lee. Lee & Low, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 7-10

    Zusak, Markus. Fighting Ruben Wolfe. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001. 219 pages. Ages 12 - 16


Stick, pole, paddle, racket & bat

    Adler, David A.. Mama Played Baseball. Illustrated by Chris O'Leary. Gulliver Books / Harcourt, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Teamís Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics. Viking, 2015. 227 pages. Age 11 and older

    Cochrane, Mick. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 177 pages. Ages 12 - 15

    Coy, John. Top of the Order. Feiwel and Friends, 2009. 182 pages. Ages 9 - 11

    Hopkinson, Deborah. Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings. Illustrated by Terry Widener. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9

    McKinley, Michael. Ice Time: The Story of Hockey. Tundra Books, 2006. 80 pages. Ages 10-14

    Prosek, James. A Good Day's Fishing. Simon & Schuster, 2004. 40 pages. Ages 5-12

    Rappaport, Doreen and Lyndall Callan . Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Dial, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9

    Robinson, Sharon. Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America. Scholastic Press, 2004. 64 pages. Ages 9 - 14

    Stauffacher, Sue. Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson. Illustrated by Greg Couch. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Tavares, Matt. Henry Aaronís Dream. Candlewick Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Trueman, Terry. 7 Days at the Hot Corner. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2007. 150 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Winter, Jonah . You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!. Illustrated by Andre Carrilho. Schwartz & Wade , 2009. 40 pages. Ages 8 -12


Something for everyone

    Blumenthal, Karen. Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America. Atheneum, 2005. 152 pages. Ages 11-18

    Macy, Sue. Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics. National Geographic, 2006. 96 pages. Age 9 and older

    Reiser, Lynn. Play Ball with Me!. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 24 pages. Ages 3-7



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