Best Kids Books About Competition

23 Kids Books About Competition

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Fox and the Jumping Contest book
#1
Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fox and the Jumping Contest is a funny, surprising picture book starring Fox—a lovable modern-day trickster character—and his animal friends, from debut author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Fox really, really wants to win the jumping contest. He knows just where he’ll put that first-place trophy. The only problem? Fox is not a very good jumper. But he is a very good schemer. . . . Fox and the Jumping Contest is a perfect pick for readers who enjoy humorous picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit and Dragons Love Tacos.

Dylan the Villain book
#2
Dylan the Villain
Written and illustrated by K. G. Campbell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A surprising and laugh-out-loud showdown between two pint-sized super-villains, perfect for young fans of Despicable Me. Dylan’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Snivels, have always told him that he is the very best and cleverest super-villain in the whole wide world. And Dylan’s confident that it’s true–until he starts school and meets Addison Van Malice. Sure, Dylan’s costume is scary. But Addison Van Malice’s is bone-chilling. And yes, Dylan’s laugh is crazy. But Addison Van Malice’s is bananas. And Dylan’s inventions are certainly super-villainous. But Addison Van Malice’s are demonic! When their teacher, Ms. Ick, announces a Diabolical Robot Building Contest, Dylan sees his opportunity to prove that he really is the most evil villain of all. But Addison’s not giving in without a fight. And so begins a competition of skill and wits that doesn’t go the way anyone expected…

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class book
#3
Chamelia and the New Kid in Class
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Chamelia is a chameleon who loves to stand out in a crowd. She's always the star of the show, especially at school. But when a new kid in class becomes the center of attention, Chamelia feels left out. Can she figure out how to beat her competition? Or will she learn to share the spotlight and make a new best friend? Join the fabulous Chamelia in this funny and charming story about friendship, school, and the true meaning of being a star!

The Great Race book
#4
The Great Race
Written by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Anne Wilson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Discover how 12 animals competed in a madcap swimming race to help create the lunar calendar! Includes facts about Chinese festivals, the lunar calendar and the animals that rule each year.

Frank Pearl in the Awful Waffle Kerfuffle book
#5
Frank Pearl in the Awful Waffle Kerfuffle
Written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Erwin Madrid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Frank Pearl is chasing a prize in this Judy Moody® story for newly independent readers. Just once, Frank Pearl would like to win at something! He is going to win a prize if it’s the last thing he does. Could an amazing yo-yo trick or Cookie the parrot land him a prize? Could a blue ribbon be his at the Great Third-Grade Breakfast Bash? With three shots at a prize and Judy Moody cheering him on (sort of?), there’s no way that Frank can miss out on a trophy this time.

Momo and Snap Are Not Friends! book
#6
Momo and Snap Are Not Friends!
Written and illustrated by Airlie Anderson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

When Momo and Snap first meet there is conflict, then competitiveness, and finally playfulness, until danger arises and they see the benefits of cooperation and friendship.

Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake book
#7
Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake
Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake. He can’t wait to win a ribbon! But first he has to carry it to the contest. What could possibly go wrong?

Rot, the Cutest in the World! book
#8
Rot, the Cutest in the World!
Written and illustrated by Ben Clanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rot, a mutant potato, enters a "Cutest in the World" contest but worries when he sees his competition.

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas book
#9
Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Señoras y señores, niños y niñas, the time has come towel come the spectacular, two-of-a-kind . . . LASHERMANITAS! No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills ofLas Hermanitas, Lucha Queens! Their Poopy Bomb Blowout will knock 'em down! Their Tag-Team Teething will gnaw opponents down to a pulp! Their Pampered PlunderDiversion will fell even the most determined competitor!But what happens when Niño comes after them with a move of his own? Watch the tables turn in this wild, exciting wrestling adventure from Caldecott Honor author YuyiMorales

Cool Cat versus Top Dog book
#10
Cool Cat versus Top Dog
Written and illustrated by Mike Yamada
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The annual midnight race around the block, Pet Quest, is upon the neightbourhood. The rivalry between the two fastest kids on the block, Cool Cat and Top Dog, is reaching fever pitch, and to make matters worse, the two challengers live in the same household. Their competitiveness looks set to cost them the race - can they find a way to work together before all is lost? A fast-paced, prank-filled romp - full of heart - from celebrated new talent Mike Yamada.ÿ

The Glassmaker's Daughter book
#11
The Glassmaker's Daughter
Written by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Daniela the glassmaker's daughter is grumpy and never smiles. Her father promises a beautiful glass palace to anyone who can make her laugh. People come from far and wide to try their luck in amusing Daniela. But mask makers, lion tamers and magicians cannot raise a smile from the princess. It is only when a young apprentice makes the first looking glass that Daniela learns to smile – at her own grumpy reflection! This beautiful fable set in sixteenth-century Venice features stunning illustrations from award-winning artist Jane Ray alongside a poetic text.

Yasmin the Painter book
#12
Yasmin the Painter
Written by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Unsure about her artistic skills, second-grader Yasmin is not looking forward to the art competition at school--but with the support and encouragement of her family she produces a prize-winning painting.

Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games book
#13
Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games
Written and illustrated by Libby Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Return to the enchanting, icy world of Frostovia with Princess Snowbelle in this continuation of a series that combines sparkly magic and the fun girl power of Fancy Nancy. It's time for the annual Snow Games! Princess Snowbelle and her brothers can't wait to compete against the neighboring kingdom of Snowland in contests ranging from sled racing to sculpture building--and they especially can't wait to win the big ice trophy. But when the games don't go quite as planned, Snowbelle realizes there's more to competing than winning. With the help of her friends and family--and just a little bit of magic--can she make sure the Snow Games are fun for everyone? Frostovia's glittering world is the perfect place to meet Princess Snowbelle and experience the magic of friendship and family.

Mira and the Big Story book
#14
Mira and the Big Story
Written by Laura Alary and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mira is a girl with big questions. She knows two different stories about the way the world came to be. Which story is right? Can they both be right? Is there room for more than one way to think about the world and our place in it? Follow her on an inspiring journey as she discovers a story big enough to include everyone. Along the way, Mira learns to respect and revere the traditions and beliefs of others. Teach children kindness and acceptance with this beautifully illustrated and compelling tale. It is sure to keep young ones enthralled.

The North Wind and the Sun book
#15
The North Wind and the Sun
Written by Marilyn Helmer and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

When the North Wind brags about his strength, the Sun challenges him to a contest. Who will win?

Ta-Da! book
#16
Ta-Da!
Written by Kathy Ellen Davis and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What makes a good story? One little girl thinks it's a princess with magical powers that can—ta-da!—overcome any obstacle. Her friend thinks it's—dun dun duh!—a combination of dragons, pirates, and fire that cause total chaos. But as their stories intertwine, these two young storytellers soon learn that a good story needs both conflict—dun dun duh!—and resolution—ta-da! An irresistible celebration of imaginary play, storytelling, and the joys of collaboration, this gorgeous picture book features two strong voices throughout, making it the perfect read-aloud.

Battle of the Pirate Bands book
#17
Battle of the Pirate Bands
Written by Michael Anthony Steele and illustrated by Pauline Reeves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pirates from across the seven seas are gathering for the greatest of pirate competitions. But when the prize trophy is stolen, the Monkey Pirates are framed as the thieves. Can the crew clear their nearly-fearless names? A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts round out this exciting adventure story.

High Five book
#18
High Five
Written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the creators of the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos comes a rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition–starring YOU! Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next. Acclaimed creative duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have dreamed up another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud book that kids will beg to read again and again.

Two Kings book
#19
Two Kings
Written and illustrated by Emma Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When the old king dies, a Duke and Earl find themselves in competition for the Kingdom. Their vanity and greed see them locked in a futile battle, which impacts the lives of the people who live in the Kingdom. But what do the people want? And will anyone listen? In this moralistic tale about the dangers of vanity and power-hungry leaders, Emma Lewis's distinctive collage style--inspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry--lends a unique approach to a contemporary folktale.

Officer Katz and Houndini book
#20
Officer Katz and Houndini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s all paws on deck in this hilarious picture book that explores the age-old debate of which four-legged friends are best: cats versus dogs? Officer Katz is looking forward to a nice retirement, complete with all the treats he could want, until his arch-nemesis, Houndini, reappears one final time to challenge Katz to a showdown. If Katz manages to catch Houndini after three tries, Houndini will stay out of Kitty City forever. But if Houndini manages to escape, the town will be renamed...Houndiniville. And Katz isn’t about to let his town go to the dogs. All the claws are out as Katz chases Houndini up, down and around town. With the help of their two assistants—Deputy Catbird and Squirrel—can Katz and Houndini call a truce? Or will this challenge have them both chasing their tails out of town?

Maisy's Field Day book
#21
Maisy's Field Day
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When Maisy and friends have a special day for races and competitions, it’s not about winning or losing — the fun is in playing the games. Join Maisy and her pals for Field Day! First is the egg-and-spoon race (oops, Eddie’s egg is a little too wobbly). No problem, there are lots more games to play — a wheelbarrow race, a three-legged race, and even a get-dressed-up-silly race. When it’s time to play ringtoss, Eddie’s trunk comes in handy, and in the relay race, Maisy and Charley run as fast as they can. Last of all comes a great big game of tug-of-war, where both teams fall down laughing at the end!

The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff book
#22
The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff
Written by Nate Evans, Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Read this sweet New York Times bestselling series from the author of If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, and other beloved books. The Jellybeans are off to summer camp to enjoy ghost stories around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and swimming in the lake. Each girl finds her own favorite activity: Emily goes to the dance studio, Bitsy does arts and crafts, and Anna reads about nature. But Nicole can't find anything that's just right for her. So she decides to start a soccer team and teach her friends her favorite game. Will the Jellybeans be able to win the big match against a neighboring camp? Once again, the girls use their different strengths and talents to work together and have the best summer ever. This third book in the successful New York Times bestselling series shows that, whether readers are girly girls, bookworms, artists, or tomboys, there is a Jellybean for everyone.

Bear and Turtle and the Great Lake Race book
#23
Bear and Turtle and the Great Lake Race
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Alison Edgson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When Turtle challenges Bear to a race along the river, Bear is confident that he can beat Turtle, but Turtle is smarter than Bear can imagine.

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