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Boxing: Books For Kids

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

As you can see, this list of kids books about boxing is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about boxing, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

Twelve Rounds to Glory
Written & illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.

Knockout
Written & illustrated by K. A. Holt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He’s fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he’s always been. He feels stuck. So when his dad—divorced from his mom—suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a killer boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he’s found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Written by Matt De La Pena & illustrated by Kadir Nelson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America’s war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation’s ideals.

Feather
Written by Remi Courgeon & illustrated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

How does this piano-loving featherweight of a girl respond when her brothers keep on making her do their chores?

She takes up boxing, of course! Maybe if she gets good enough, they’ll even stop calling her Feather.

Readers will see Feather’s determination and sense of justice as positive, transformative traits that help us on the road to becoming who we really are. and they will root for her as she learns to stand up to her brothers and proves that sometimes the best way to go after what you want is to leap into something new.

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