Balls: Picture Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about balls?

Aren’t balls fun? Whether it is just to bounce around or to play a friendly game or a competitive sport, balls bring happiness to us all. We hope you enjoy this collection of stories about balls and ball games.

Goodnight Football book
Goodnight Football
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In rhyming text a child, home from a game, bids goodnight to all the sights and sounds of a school football game.

Hit the Ball Duck book
Hit the Ball Duck
Written and illustrated by Jez Alborough
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Duck hits the ball into a tree during a friendly game of baseball, he and his animal friends try to work together to get it back.

Players in Pigtails book
Players in Pigtails
Written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II.

Charlie Plays Ball book
Charlie Plays Ball
Written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane DeGroat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This was a cute story about a farm dog that likes to be a part of each farm activity. He works and then he plays. It was fun to see the different farm and also the different types of ball they’d play as well. Very cute story and fun illustrations.

Charlie the Ranch Dog trades in nap time for game time in this sporty adventure by Ree Drummond—#1 New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, and The Pioneer Woman herself. With expressive illustrations by Diane deGroat, a new delicious recipe from Ree Drummond, and the hilarious antics of Charlie, this picture book is a slam dunk! Life on the ranch means lots of time outside, either helping out with the cattle or tossing around a ball with the family. From football to soccer to basketball, Charlie’s ready to jump into the game and take his team to victory. But Charlie’s favorite part of sports comes after the winning goal when everyone breaks for a postgame meal. He may be more of a benchwarmer when it comes to athletics, but Charlie will always be the MVP of dinnertime!

Winners Never Quit! book
Winners Never Quit!
Written by Mia Hamm and illustrated by Carol Thompson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This is an inspiring short story from soccer star Mia Hamm. I think it’s always inspiring to learn about how accomplished people learned to overcome opposition. This story, which seems to be autobiographical in nature and based on Mia’s own experience, teaches important lessons about being a team member and choosing to enjoy the game no matter the outcome. Any young readers who love balls will love seeing so much activity centered around a soccer ball.

Free Mia Hamm photo inside! Mia loves playing soccer. That is, until she has trouble scoring a goal when her team is about to lose. Before she can lose, she quits. Fed up with her attitude, Mia’s brothers and sisters will not let her play with them anymore. Will Mia learn that beinga team player is more important than winning or losing the game? This wonderful and motivating story from America’s soccer champion shows kids that: Winners Never Quit!

  1. ABCs of Balls - “ABCs of Balls,” an alphabet book for preschool children, makes learning ABCs fun for sports fans. From baseball to football, the alphabet book scores with both boys and girls with a lively color scheme, as well as photos of animals and sports equipment. “One of my son’s first words was ‘ball,’ and I wrote the book to make learning his ABCs fun for him,” said author Nina Snyder. U.S. edition. Do you think the World Cup is a soccer game? Then this is the edition for you! If not, look for “ABCs of Balls: U.K. Edition” with a blue cover.

  2. F Is for Fenway Park - A young baseball enthusiast’s centennial tribute to the oldest active ballpark and home of the Boston Red Sox features alphabetically arranged coverage of the field’s history, features and momentous events.

  3. Books That Drive Kids CRAZY!: This Is a Ball - For the giggling masses who love Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, BJ Novak’s The Book With No Pictures, and Bill Cotter’s Don’t Push the Button comes an interactive new series! The Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! series offers parents, teachers, and storytellers a hilarious script for fun reading time together. Book 2, This Is a Ball, is a boldly absurd spin-off of concept books, and an audaciously contrarian invitation for readers to practice deadpan delivery: after all, the picture on the cover clearly shows a cube, not a ball. The page that declares a princess is flying a kite at the beach shows an alien holding a balloon in a city…and on and on. What is WRONG with this silly book? Kids will demand to know—and all readers will be howling with laughter all along the way. With strikingly simple text and art, Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! are ideal picks for emergent readers.

  4. J Is for Jump Shot - “From A to Z basketball’s history, famous players, and the game’s basics such as dribble, pass, and zone are explained using simple rhymes for each letter topic and expository text filled with details”—Provided by publisher.

H is for Home Run book
H is for Home Run
Written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Melanie Rose
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-11

Now anyone can be one of the “boys or girls of summer” and get a home plate view of America’s favorite pastime in H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet. This new offering in our line of children’s alphabet books brings the game of baseball to entertaining and informative life. Sports writer Brad Herzog pairs easy-to-read rhymes with detailed expository so that readers are pitched baseball’s facts, faces, history, and places from A-Z.

Dino-Basketball book
Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Barry Gott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a basketball game at Mastadon Square Garden.

Round Like a Ball! book
Round Like a Ball!
Written and illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone tries to guess what is round and warm and cold and strong and fragile, until they finally realize it is Earth.

The Boy who Saved Baseball book
The Boy who Saved Baseball
Written and illustrated by John Ritter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now-disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.

How Far Will It Bounce? book
How Far Will It Bounce?
Written by DC Swain and illustrated by Luliana Lordachescu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Down the front steps, and out of the house, I wondered how far my blue ball would bounce. Take a trip of fun and adventure with this little blue ball as it goes down the front steps, out the gate and into the big wide world. With vivid illustrations and a fun, sing-song rhythm, your children are sure to love this journey. Recommended for children aged 2 - 5

  1. The Story of Red Rubber Ball - Describes the life of a red rubber ball and its encounters with a variety of insects and animals.

  2. Let's Play Baseball - This chunky board book has especially thick flaps that babies can grasp and lift. See and say the names of all things baseball. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure. Illustrations include patterns and details to hold baby’s attention.

  3. Ball - A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.

  4. Duck and Goose - Mr. Staccato - I enjoy most of the other Duck & Goose books, but this one is just about a couple of chicks fighting over what they believe to be an egg and they’re quite rude.

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