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Hockey: Books For Kids

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

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to hockey. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about hockey.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about hockey, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Little Hockey to popular sellers like Dino-Hockey.

We hope this list of kids books about hockey can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Brad Marchand
Written & illustrated by Philip Croucher
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

He was too small to make it to the National Hockey League, they decided. Brad Marchand has proven them wrong, helping to lead the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in thirty-nine years and scoring the winning goal for Canada in the deciding game of the 2016 World Cup final. The 5-foot-9-inch, 181-pound forward continues to surprise the skeptics. Marchand, who grew up in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, was named to the nhl All-Star team for the second straight year in 2018. This full-color book features personal interviews with the “Little Ball of Hate,” as well as interviews with family and coaches, and over forty photos of the star.

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Hockey Night in Kenya
Written by Eric Walters and Danson Mutinda & illustrated by Claudia Davila
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

&#9733; <b>”This simple story of discovery, sport, and friendship is filled with likable characters and innocently joyful moments…Delightful.”–<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review</b> <p/>Kenyan orphans, Kitoo and Nigosi, spend their days studying, playing soccer, helping their elders with chores around the orphanage and reading from the limited selection of books in their library. When the librarian gives Kitoo a copy of <i>Sports Around the World</i> he becomes fascinated by an image of the Canadian national men’s ice hockey team. Then one day the fates align and Kitoo finds a pair of beat up old roller blades, he teaches himself to skate and dreams of one day playing hockey like the men in his book. But you can’t play ice hockey in Kenya, can you?

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The Hockey Song
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-

As Stompin’ Tom Connors sings, “It’s the good old hockey game, the best game you can name.” And in this charmingly illustrated book for all ages, the classic song played at hockey games around the world is imagined as a shinny game on an outdoor rink in the middle of the city that starts with two players and soon grows to include the whole community. “The puck is in! The hometown wins! The good ol’ hockey game.”

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Goodnight Hockey
Written by Michael Dahl & 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.

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Z Is for Zamboni
Written by Matt Napier & illustrated by Melanie Rose
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Each letter of the alphabet introduces a fact about the game of hockey, in a board-book version of a popular title by the creators of Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Number Book.

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  • Dino-Hockey - In a hockey match unrivaled in prehistory, the Meat-Eaters take on the Veggiesaurs. Fans go wild in the stands as T. Rex and Triceratops face off, and the game is off to a rip-roaring start. An assist from Raptor gains the first goal for the Meat-Eaters--but the naughty Pterodactyl twins, playing wingers, earn their team a penalty. The Veggies are quick to take advantage and Diplo scores. A tie game! Join the fans and find out what happens. You'll have a front row seat, so keep an eye on Raptor. Hockey gets him pretty riled up and that's quite a set of teeth he's baring . . .

  • Kate's Really Good at Hockey - Young Kate Kazmaier discovers her own skills and family legacy while at an elite girl’s summer hockey campBest. Summer. Ever. That’s what Kate Kazmaier thinks when she receives an invitation to an elite girl’s summer hockey camp. Some of the best 9 - 12 year old hockey players, from around the world, will be there and Kate who lives hockey 24-7, can’t wait to go. Everything would be perfect except for one thing, she has to stay with her grandmother who she barely knows. Little does she know that her grandmother, Abby, was a female hockey pioneer. Forced to cut her hair and say that her name was Abe because there were no girls teams when she was young, she schooled the boys back then and became one of the best goalies in Canada. That is until her true identity was found out.She never let any hurdle stop her and Kate learns from Abby that there is more to playing hockey than simply being the best player on the ice, it’s about being the best person off the ice. Kate teaches Abby a thing or two as well. Mainly how ones relationship with the past ultimately shapes their future. Together they form an unlikely yet strong bond that gets tested in ways they never could have imagined.

  • Lucy Tries Hockey - Lucy and her family are skating on an outdoor rink when she sees a game of hockey going on. It looks like fun, but maybe too challenging. Supported by her parents, Lucy enrolls in an introductory-hockey clinic, and thanks to an encouraging instructor, she and her friends learn basic hockey skills, have fun on the ice and decide to add hockey to their list of favorite sports! This title is also available in French. The Lucy Tries Sports series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.To find out what Lucy will try next, visit www.lucytriessports.com.

  • When the Moon Comes - In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old.

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Little Hockey
Written by Matt Napier & illustrated by Renne Benoit
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Riddles in rhyme and illustrations invite readers to identify types of objects and people connected with hockey. On board pages.

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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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