Best Children's Books About Sports

75 Amazing Books for Your Child Who Love Sports

Updated Mar. 19, 2019

Sports are a fun way to keep your child active. Whether they currently love sports (or you want them to) these books are sure to please the busiest of children.

I Can Play book
#1
I Can Play
Written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The finger holes for I Can Play are so fun! There are a few other books in this series, but I love that this book talks about teamwork. This book is sure to occupy little ones for a long time as they use their fingers to be limbs for all of the people in the book! I also love that this book talks about all the wonderful things we can do with our bodies: jump, kick, run, etc!

Readers make athletes splash, sprint, or score just by wiggling their fingers! Then, with two sets of hands, readers help the athletes unite as a team in the gatefold finale. Active and adorable characters model independence and teamwork, making this innovative board book perfect for interactive reading and playtime fun!

I Can Dance book
#2
I Can Dance
Written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Readers make dancers disco, tap, or pirouette just by wiggling their fingers. But wait! There's even more fun. In an impressive gatefold finale, readers use two sets of hands to help the dancers perform an encore. With interactive holes on every page and a satisfying touch-and-feel cover, this charming board book is the perfect way to play and read together.

Izzy Barr, Running Star book
#3
Izzy Barr, Running Star
Written by Claudia Mills and illustrated by Rob Shepperson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Izzy Barr is the star athlete of the third grade: she hits homeruns on her softball team and is one of the fastest runners in her class. But at home, her half-brother, Dustin, seems to be her father's favorite athlete—why else would her dad go to all of his games and miss so many of hers? Izzy pretends that she doesn't care, but as she, her friends Annika Riz and Kelsey Green, and the rest of their class are gearing up for class field day, she can't help but hope her dad will be there to cheer her on in the big race against her rival, Skipper Tipton. Dad doesn't make it to field day, but when he realizes how important it is to Izzy, he and all of her friends and family are there to watch her participate in the citywide 10K run.

Bats at the Ballgame book
#4
Bats at the Ballgame
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

On deck and ready for the spring lineup, New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Brian Lies's ode to "batty" baseball fans. Hurry up! Come one--come all! We're off to watch the bats play ball! You think humans are the only ones who enjoy America's national pastime? Grab your bat--the other kind--and your mitt, because it's a whole new ballgame when evening falls and bats come fluttering from the rafters to watch their all-stars compete. Get set to be transported to the right-side-up and upside-down world of bats at play, as imagined and illustrated by best-selling author-illustrator Brian Lies.

Z Is for Zamboni book
#5
Z Is for Zamboni
Written by Matt Napier and illustrated by Melanie Rose
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

If you're a hockey fan or wanting to raise a hockey fan, this is your book. Take a stroll through the ABC's while introducing hockey topics and famous hockey players.

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.

Goodnight Baseball book
#6
Goodnight Baseball
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

Goodnight baseball is a cute rhyming book the captures some of the best parts of baseball. As a baseball fan myself, I enjoyed many days and nights at the ballpark, and this book is a fun way to reminisce about those moments.

The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game book
#7
The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game
Written by Jan Berenstain and illustrated by Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a fight breaks out during Brother and Sister Bear's soccer game, Missus Ursula reminds everyone about fair play and sportsmanship.

Ready, Set, Goal! book
#8
Ready, Set, Goal!
Written by Debbie Dadey and illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Shelly Siren and Trident Academy's Shell Wars team travel to the city of Atlantis for the championship game in this sparkling new adventure. Illustrations. 5 1/8 x 7 5/8.

Ellie Steps Up to the Plate book
#9
Ellie Steps Up to the Plate
Written by Callie Barkley and illustrated by Tracy Bishop
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

When Ellie joins a softball team, she quickly realizes that the sport is harder than it looks! Is she meant only for the stage, not the field? And what happens when Ellie goes in search of a stray ball in the nearby and finds an injured baby deer? Illustrations.

Sports Day book
#10
Sports Day
Written and illustrated by Jan Lewis
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Children enjoy a school sports day in this story that addresses such questions as: Which team am I in? Where do I go? Who's the winner? and many more. Includes tips for reading with young children.

I Got It! book
#11
I Got It!
Written and illustrated by David Wiesner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

David Wiesner brings his trademark artistry and rich imagination to the iconic American game of baseball. The few seconds after the ball leaves the bat can be infinitely long. For this eager young outfielder, there's plenty of time to envision the increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with making the catch. Summoning determination and courage, he overcomes the imaginary obstacles and turns them into a springboard for success. I Got It! reveals the extraordinary within the ordinary, taking readers on an amazing journey in a few seconds on a baseball field.

Most Valuable Players book
#12
Most Valuable Players
Written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tim Probert
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

With their fifth grade graduation only weeks away, Rip, Red, and the rest of their classmates must decide if boycotting a test is worth forfeiting their graduation gala and the opportunity to play with Hoops Machine, a Harlem Globetrotters-like team.

Rookie of the Year book
#13
Rookie of the Year
Written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tim Probert
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in brand-new ways and discover that sometimes radical change is nothing to be afraid of"--

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms book
#14
The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms
Written and illustrated by Gene Barretta
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Playing a variety of sports, an assortment of animals introduces words that sound and are spelled the same but have different meanings, such as "bat," a flying mammal, and "bat," an implement for hitting a baseball.

The Funniest Man in Baseball book
#15
The Funniest Man in Baseball
Written by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Jennifer Bower
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Max Patkin was pitching in the minor leagues when he was injured and had to leave his dreams behind. He joined the Navy and eventually was able to play again while in the military . . . and this time he got to pitch against superstar Joe DiMaggio. When Joe hit one of Max’s throws out of the park, Max threw down his glove, left the mound, and chased Joe around the bases, making faces and imitating his every move. The crowd loved it! And a baseball clown was born. This inspiring and comical biography carries an important message: Life doesn’t always turn out exactly as you hope . . . but moving in a new direction can sometimes bring happy surprises.

Let's Play Soccer book
#16
Let's Play Soccer
Written and illustrated by Nancy Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-99

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!

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams book
#17
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Venus and Serena Williams. Two peas in a pod. Best friends. Sisters. Six days a week they awoke before the sun came up to practice their serves and returns, to learn to run faster and hit harder. They were unstoppable. At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match. Three years later, it was Serena’s turn. It wasn’t easy. Some tennis fans cheered for these two fresh faces, while those who were unhappy to see two black girls competing in a nearly all-white sport booed and taunted them. But they didn’t let it stop them. With vibrant mixed media art, nonfiction superstars Lesa Cline-Ransome and Coretta Scott King Honor winner James E. Ransome share the inspirational story of two tennis legends who were fierce competitors on the courts, but close sisters above all.

Let's Play Baseball book
#18
Let's Play Baseball
Written and illustrated by Nancy Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-99

Let’s play ball! Learn all about baseball with this shaped board book that looks and feels like a real baseball! Perfect for anyone who wants to get their child started early, Let’s Play Baseball teaches little ones the basic terms of the game. Shaped like a baseball, the book also features a textured, padded cover with stitching 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!

My First Ballet Class book
#19
My First Ballet Class
Written and illustrated by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at ballet class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of ballerinas-in-training! It’s the first day of ballet class in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Put on your dancing shoes! What will it be like? Ballerinas wear ballet slippers, learn different foot positions, and twirl across the dance floor. Young readers will love seeing kids their age practicing ballet, learning words like sashay, and more in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic ballet moves—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision.

My First Gymnastics Class book
#20
My First Gymnastics Class
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Laura Hanifin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at gymnastics class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read featuring simple text and photographs of gymnasts-in-training! It’s the first day of gymnastics class: What will it be like? Find out in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Gymnasts wear leotards, stretch, do somersaults and cartwheels, and even walk on a balance beam! Beginning readers getting ready to tumble will love seeing photographs of kids their age practicing each move, learning words like pike, straddle, and more in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic gymnastics stretches—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision!

Ballet Slippers book
#21
Ballet Slippers
Written and illustrated by Cindy Jin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-99

Get ready to dance with this photographic board book that looks and feels like real ballet slippers! Perfect for all aspiring dancers, Ballet Slippers teaches little ones the basic terms of ballet. Shaped like a pair of ballet slippers, the book also features a textured, padded cover that feels like satin shoes! With photographic interiors and simple text, this novelty book focuses on the joy of dancing and twirling around. Now step out and dance! It’s time to take center stage!

Touch the Sky book
#22
Touch the Sky
Written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A biography of the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, from her childhood in segregated Albany, Georgia, in the 1930s, through her recognition at the 1996 Olympics as one of the hundred best athletes in Olympic history. Includes bibliographical references.

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler book
#23
Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler
Written by Steve Sheinkin and illustrated by Neil Swaab
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

WARNING: DO NOT BELIEVE THE STORY YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ. Well, you can believe some of it. There is some real history. But also hijinks. Time travel. And famous figures setting off on adventures that definitely never happened—till now. Time is getting twisted, and it’s up to two kids to straighten things out. When Abraham Lincoln overhears a classroom of kids say “history is boring,” he decides to teach them a lesson. Lincoln escapes from 1860—to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler! Now siblings Doc and Abby have to convince Lincoln to go back to Springfield, Illinois, and accept the presidency . . . before everything spins out of control!

Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium book
#24
Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium
Written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book brought to you by legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter presents, A Day at the Stadium! This story revolves around a magical field trip to Yankee Stadium. An enchanting combination ofNight at the Museum and Alice in Wonderland—with a little bit of Field of Dreams thrown in for good measure—this picture book captures the excitement, wonder, and magic of your first trip to the ballpark!

Let's Play Football book
#25
Let's Play Football
Written and illustrated by Nancy Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-99

Touchdown! Learn all about football with this shaped board book that looks and feels like a football! Perfect for anyone who wants to get their child started early, Let’s Play Football teaches little ones the basic terms of the game. Shaped like a football, 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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