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Boys And Men and Sports And Recreation: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about boys and men is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals to Let’s Play Soccer there’s something here for everyone’s tastes. Do you have a favorite book about boys and men? Let us know!

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How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals
Written by Michael Phelps & illustrated by Ward Jenkins and Alan Abrahamson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
With his record-breaking eight gold medals won for swimming in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Phelps became an international sensation. In this picture book, Phelps explains the mind-boggling statistics of his years of training in terms young kids can understand. Full color.
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Snowboard Sham
Written by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
When Will Pastora's family arrived at the Sorenson Resort for a family vacation he did not know that there was going to be a snowboarding competition; he enjoys snowboarding, but he is embarrassed to admit that he is only a beginner so he signs up at a higher level--and soon realizes that tackling the more difficult slopes is dangerous and that he needs some help to admit his error in front of his new, more experienced acquaintances.
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Dragon Hoops
Written by Gene Luen Yang
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 14-18
**In his latest graphic novel, _Dragon Hoops_, _New York Times_ bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.** Gene understands stories--comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero _always_ wins. But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him "Stick" and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.
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Swim Or Sink
Written by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Although only in eighth grade Baxter Reilly is an important member of the Edgeview High School in Tempe, Arizona, and lately the pool has been his place of refuge from the stress of his parents' separation--but now, between the pending divorce, his father's miserable apartment, his mother's new boyfriend, and the resentment and bullying from his older teammates, it is getting harder to focus on his role as the anchor of the 4 x 400 freestyle relay in the upcoming races.
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Climbing Strong
Written by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Mike Gordon loves a good thrill. And he's not afraid to break the rules to get one. But when Mike goes too far, a friend steers him in the right direction: up. Rock climbing gives Mike all the excitement he needs. But when things get tough, will Mike fall back into his old habits?
Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) book
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The Eleventh Trade book
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Pay Attention, Carter Jones book
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Kart Rival book
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  • Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) - Dreams of rock stardom take the edge off embarrassing family activities in Tom’s fourth “homework diary” crammed with doodles and stories. After receiving the shock of a lifetime — seeing his big sister, Delia, without her sunglasses on — Tom is trying to gear himself up for sports day at school. It does not help that his dad is training for the parents’ race on that day — and plans to wear bizarre cycling shorts! Meanwhile, Tom’s band, DogZombies, is supposed to play in the school talent show, meaning they’d better start practicing — a lot. It might all be worth it, though, if the absolutely brilliant band DUDE3 appears as special guests!

  • The Eleventh Trade - From debut author Alyssa Hollingsworth comes a story about living with fear, being a friend, and finding a new place to call home. They say you can’t get something for nothing, but nothing is all Sami has. When his grandfather’s most-prized possession—a traditional Afghan instrument called a rebab—is stolen, Sami resolves to get it back. He finds it at a music store, but it costs $700, and Sami doesn’t have even one penny. What he does have is a keychain that has caught the eye of his classmate. If he trades the keychain for something more valuable, could he keep trading until he has $700? Sami is about to find out. The Eleventh Trade is both a classic middle school story and a story about being a refugee. Like Katherine Applegate, author of Wishtree, Alyssa Hollingsworth tackles a big issue with a light touch.

  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones - Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler’s notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared. Sparkling with humor, this insightful and compassionate story will resonate with readers who have confronted secrets of their own.

  • Kart Rival - When Sheldon spends the day with his aunt, he has no idea he’s about to enter the fast-paced world of kart racing. Sheldon’s not one for sports, but the combination of technical skill and adrenaline, along with an opposing bully, pulls him onto the track. Will Sheldon cross the finish line first, or will his dreams of kart racing break down?

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Shutout
Written & illustrated by Jeff Ross
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Alex Paterson is the number-one goalie on his high-school hockey team. And he’s thrilled that his team has made the playoffs. But when graffiti that apparently can be traced back to Alex is found on the walls of the school, and a photo of Alex at a party with a beer in his hand starts making the rounds, he is suspended from the team, and his reputation as a good kid is put in doubt. Alex knows he’s innocent. The problem is, he cannot figure out who would want to frame him. Or why. Is it the other goalie who wants all the glory for himself? Or someone from a rival team looking for an advantage? With everyone assuming the worst about him, it’s up to Alex to find out who is behind it all, not only to clear his name, but to save the season.
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Leo Can Swim
Written by Anna McQuinn & illustrated by Ruth Hearson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Leo, Lola’s little brother from Leo Loves Baby Time, is back in a new adventure at the pool. Leo and Daddy go to swim class where they kick, bounce, and dive like little fish. Joining other babies and their caretakers in the pool is a guarantee for unforgettable fun.
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Hooked
Written by Tommy Greenwald & illustrated by David McPhail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Joe loves fishing. He loves watching the water and looking at the sky, he loves the peacefulness, and he especially loves dreaming about catching the Big One. Joe’s dad does not love fishing. He doesn’t like the waiting, or the worms, or the fact that nothing much happens. But when Joe needs a parental chaperone for an ice-fishing field trip, his dad agrees to go along. And when the waiting turns into talking, exchanging jokes, and sharing hot chocolate, Joe's dad discovers something unexpected. He doesn’t just like fishing with Joe—he loves it. You could even say he’s hooked.
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Day Dad Joined My Soccer Team, The
Written by Maureen Fergus & illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8
A soccer dad misunderstands when he hears that his son's team needs his help. Instead of taking care of halftime snacks, the dad grabs a jersey and runs onto the field to play! And what an embarrassment he is: he hogs the ball, complains about his teammates and throws a hairy fit when the referee doesn't call a play his way! Can the boy find a way to teach his dad how to be a good sport before he drives the whole team crazy?
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Let's Play Soccer
Written & illustrated by Nancy Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Learn all about soccer with this shaped board book that looks and feels like a real soccer ball! Goooal! Perfect for anyone who wants to get their child started early, Let’s Play Soccer teaches little ones the basic terms of the game. Shaped like a soccer ball, the book also features a textured, padded cover that feels like the real thing! Photographic interiors feature simple text that focuses on the joy of the game for kids and parents alike. Because having fun is the most important part!

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