Best Kids Books About Game

19 Kids Books About Game

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
The Night Before the Snow Day book
#1
The Night Before the Snow Day
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Could it be the night before a Snow Day? It’s nighttime and snow is falling hard. Will the town be snowed in? Will there be a snow day? Odds are looking good in this newest Night Before book for the kids who dream of snowball fights, sledding, and the possibility that it may snow again tomorrow!

Buster and the Baby book
#2
Buster and the Baby
Written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Buster the dog and a baby engage in a playful game of chase all day. When nighttime comes, they're still bonding.

Froggy Plays Soccer book
#3
Froggy Plays Soccer
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It’s the day of the big game, and Froggy is ready. His soccer team is playing the Wild Things for the City Cup. All Froggy has to do is remember the rule: “Head it! Boot it! Knee it! Shoot it! BUT DON’T USE YOUR HANDS!” But Froggy’s busy doing cartwheels and picking daisies. Uh oh, Froggy! Here comes the ball! Budding soccer players and Froggy’s many fans will welcome Froggy’s latest hilarious adventure.

The Night Before New Year's book
#4
The Night Before New Year's
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The newest title in Natasha Wing's bestselling Night Before series! It?s the night before New Year's, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Everyone's stocked up on sparkly streamers and festive party hats, but after a night filled with card games and too many cupcakes, the little ones are getting sleepy. . . Can they make it until the clock strikes twelve?

I'm Bored book
#5
I'm Bored
Written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedius, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to using their imaginations.

The Boys book
#6
The Boys
Written and illustrated by Jeff Newman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A shy boy, seeking the courage to play baseball with the other children in a park, is coaxed out of his shell by some "old timers" sitting nearby who, in turn, discover they are still in the game.

Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) book
#7
Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly)
Written and illustrated by L. Pichon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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!

Baseball Is . . . book
#8
Baseball Is . . .
Written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Raul Colon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The ultimate celebration of an all-American sport, this picture book captures the joy and the history of baseball—and knocks it out of the park! Don’t wait for Opening Day to start your baseball season! Crack open Baseball Is… and revel in the fun of this all-American game! Perfect for the stats-counting superfan and the brand-new little leaguer, Baseball Is… captures the spirit of this cherished pastime, honoring its legendary past, and eagerly anticipating the future of the sport that is “stitched into our history.”

Pass Go and Collect $200 book
#9
Pass Go and Collect $200
Written and illustrated by Tanya Lee Stone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in Tanya Lee Stone and Steven Salerno's Pass Go and Collect $200, a riveting picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games. In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial inequality. One day she had an idea: create a game that shows the unfairness of the landlord-tenant relationship. But game players seemed to have the most fun pretending to be wealthy landowners. Enter Charles Darrow, a marketer and salesman with a vision for transforming Lizzie’s game into an exciting staple of American family entertainment. Features back matter that includes "Monopoly Math" word problems and equations. Excellent STEM connections and resources.

Goodnight Hockey book
#10
Goodnight Hockey
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A young fan cheers on his hometown hockey team, and then returns home to snuggle into bed.

Goodnight Football book
#11
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.

Goodnight Baseball book
#12
Goodnight Baseball
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The William Hoy Story book
#13
The William Hoy Story
Written by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by Jez Tuya
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

All William Ellsworth Hoy wanted to do was play baseball. After losing out on a spot on the local deaf team, William practiced even harder—eventually earning a position on a professional team. But his struggle was far from over. In addition to the prejudice Hoy faced, he could not hear the umpires' calls. One day he asked the umpire to use hand signals: strike, ball, out. That day he not only got on base but also changed the way the game was played forever. William "Dummy" Hoy became one of the greatest and most beloved players of his time!

Goodnight Soccer book
#14
Goodnight Soccer
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

From the opening kickoff to the final goal, a young girl says goodnight to her most beloved sport: soccer. With delightful, rhyming text and energetic art, this bedtime book captures the thrill and excitement of the world's most popular sport. Full color.

Anybody's Game book
#15
Anybody's Game
Written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Cecilia Puglesi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname “Tubby.” She made the team—and inspired future generations. An inspiring and suspenseful story about what it means to want to do something so badly you’re willing to break the rules—and how, sometimes, breaking the rules can lead to change.

That's a Possibility! book
#16
That's a Possibility!
Written and illustrated by Bruce Goldstone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Combines colorful photographs and interactive examples in an introduction to the science and math of probability that provides comprehensive explanations about games of chance and various easy-to-understand scenarios. By the author of Great Estimations.

Who Was That? book
#17
Who Was That?
Written and illustrated by Olivier Tallec
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This fresh, visually sophisticated follow-up to Who Done It? and Who What Where? tackles the topic of memory, as each page asks the reader to remember a detail about the characters featured on the page before. With die-cuts, clever folds, and imaginative illustrations, this book requires the sharpest readers' keen attention! The call to action on every page makes this a wonderful lap read or read-aloud, and kids of all ages will love the memory games.

Ta-Da! book
#18
Ta-Da!
Written by Kathy Ellen Davis and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Mine. Yours. book
#19
Mine. Yours.
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Qin Leng
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

A sweet and funny story about sharing, friendship and belonging. When Little Panda startles Big Panda awake inside his den, Big Panda crankily declares, ÒMine.Ó Then he puts Little Panda outside, ÒYours.Ó When he still wonÕt leave, Big Panda offers Little Panda a kite. Which delights him! Until the kiteÕs tail starts annoying the other animals in the forest by sweeping up their things. They all give him the same message: their things, ÒMine;Ó the kite, ÒYours.Ó And soon the animals themselves get caught as they try to reclaim their stuff. Can they all learn a new word Ñ ÒOursÓ? No ÒmineÓ allowed! This storyÕs too fun not to share!

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