Best Kids Books About Sports

35 Kids Books About Sports

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play book
#1
Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play
Written by Deborah Hembrook, Kathryn Heling and illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Get in the game and use clues on the clotheslines to identify a slew of sports. Catchy rhymes and visual cues introduce young readers to sports in this companion to Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do. The clues in each lively verse can be spotted hanging from the clotheslines. What athlete wears those items? Turn the page to discover the sport at hand—and the athlete in full gear! From baseball and soccer, to fencing and archery, there’s something for everyone—including a surprise ending. A perfect choice for reading aloud and encouraging kids to join in the guessing and reveal. Andy Robert Davies’s quirky illustrations build a separate story from the text. Close attention to the details will help young readers build their own storytelling skills and help them make visual connections.

Russell Wrestles the Relatives book
#2
Russell Wrestles the Relatives
Written by Cindy Chambers Johnson and illustrated by Daniel Duncan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the Relatives Came meets Wrestlemania in debut author Cindy Chambers Johnson’s rollicking picture book about a family reunion with a most colorful cast of characters—from Lorry and Tory (the Twin Tornadoes) to Cousin Cora “The Cleaner” to Uncle “el monstruo” Marcoy. Family reunions mean lots of hugging, handshaking, and hair tousling. And Russell’s relatives? Well, they are more...enthusiastic than most. BIGGER than most. BRAWNIER than most. They’re wrestlers! Skinny and scrawny Russell will have to meet, greet, and defeat this clan with some spectacular moves of his own!

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams book
#3
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.

I Am Billie Jean King book
#4
I Am Billie Jean King
Written and illustrated by Brad Meltzer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Billie Jean King is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Read about this amazing woman athlete in the seventeenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes. This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume features Billie Jean King, the world champion tennis player who fought successfully for women's rights.

Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium book
#5
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!

Bats at the Ballgame book
#6
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.

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!

The Funniest Man in Baseball book
#8
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.

I Got It! book
#9
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.

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas book
#10
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

Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True book
#11
Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True
Written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Paul Hoppe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Just in time for the 2018 World Cup; a non-fiction picture book about the best soccer player in the world—Neymar.

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms book
#12
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.

My First Ballet Class book
#13
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.

Baseball Buzz book
#14
Baseball Buzz
Written by C. C. Joven and illustrated by Ed Shems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Jackson is ready for his first baseball game, but a pesky bee might just ruin his big day. This Starting Line Reader is sure to be a home run for every new reader.

Teach Your Giraffe to Ski book
#15
Teach Your Giraffe to Ski
Written by Viviane Elbee and illustrated by Danni Gowdy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the snow begins to fall and your giraffe takes to the slopes, a rollicking adventure ensues! Your giraffe wants to learn how to ski—but not on the bunny hill. She wants to go down the big scary slope! Enjoy this riotous journey as the narrator tries to rein their giraffe in—and learns something about courage along the way.

My First Yoga Class book
#16
My First Yoga Class
Written and illustrated by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at yoga class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of yogis-in-training! It’s the first day of yoga class in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Roll out your yoga mat! What will it be like? Yoga students stand on sticky mats and learn poses with animal names like “downward dog” and “lion pose.” Young readers will love seeing kids their age practicing yoga in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic yoga poses—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision.

Charlie Takes His Shot book
#17
Charlie Takes His Shot
Written by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by John Joven
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play in the Professional Golf Association. Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the color barrier in the PGA. In 1960 he did, only to face discrimination from hotels that wouldn’t rent him rooms and clubs that wouldn’t let him use the same locker as the white players. But Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf.

My First Gymnastics Class book
#18
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!

Touch the Sky book
#19
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.

Gymnastics Jump book
#20
Gymnastics Jump
Written by C. C. Joven and illustrated by Ed Shems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

It's Lily's first gymnastics meet, and she is nervous. Will she be able to complete all of her events without falling? This Starting Line Reader showcases the importance of perseverance.

Basketball Break book
#21
Basketball Break
Written by C. C. Joven and illustrated by Ed Shems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Lucas likes basketball, but he is a ball hog. Can Lucas learn to pass the ball? This Starting Line Reader showcases how to be a team player.

Pedro the Ninja book
#22
Pedro the Ninja
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

After watching a ninja cartoon, Pedro dreams of being a ninja himself. Luckily, his dad gets him karate lessons. With hard work and a little practice, maybe Pedro can become ninja star, just like the ones he sees in the movies! A glossary and reading questions make this title a black-belt level book.

Yoga for Kids book
#23
Yoga for Kids
Written by Lorena V Pajalunga and illustrated by Anna Forlati
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy begins taking yoga lessons at the zoo, where he learns that he can mimic the animals there with simple yoga poses. When he returns home after his lessons, he practices with his cat, Nino. With an illustration of each animal pose and a description of how to do it on each page, this enchanting book makes the perfect instruction guide for even the smallest yogi.

Lucy Tries Hockey book
#24
Lucy Tries Hockey
Written by Lisa Bowes and illustrated by James Hearne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Take Me Out to the Yakyu book
#25
Take Me Out to the Yakyu
Written and illustrated by Aaron Meshon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

You may know that baseball is the Great American Pastime, but did you know that it is also a beloved sport in Japan? Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions. This debut picture book from Aaron Meshon is a home run—don’t be surprised if the vivid illustrations and energetic text leave you shouting, “LET’S PLAY YAKYU!”

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