Best Kids Books About Sports

36 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.

Bats at the Ballgame book
#1
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.

Goodnight Baseball book
#2
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
#3
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.

Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium book
#4
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!

The Funniest Man in Baseball book
#5
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
#6
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.

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms book
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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.

Yoga for Kids book
#12
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
#13
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.

Twice As Good- William Powell book
#14
Twice As Good- William Powell
Written by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Willie Powell had been told, “If you are going to get ahead in this world, you can’t be as good as the white children; you have to be twice as good.” He took this advice to heart. Willie dreamed of becoming a professional golfer, but his accomplishments went far beyond playing the game of golf. Willie was often denied the opportunity to play golf because he was African American. Determined, he decided to build his own course, and welcome people of all color to play golf.

Soccer Star book
#15
Soccer Star
Written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Renato Alarcao
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

An inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a soccer star -- and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game. When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a soccer star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won't have to work long hours, and he won't have to work all day on a fishing boat. For now, Paulo takes care of his little sister Maria (she teaches him reading, he teaches her soccer moves) and walks her to school, stopping to give his teammates cheese buns as they set out to shine people's shoes or perform for the tourist crowd. At day's end, it's time to plan the game, where Givo will bounce, Carlos will kick, and Jose will fly! But when Jose falls on his wrist, will the team finally break the rules and let a girl show her stuff? Set in a country whose resilient soccer stars are often shaped by poverty, this uplifting tale of transcending the expected scores a big win for all.

Martina & Chrissie book
#16
Martina & Chrissie
Written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Brett Helquist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

A fascinating dual biography of tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert celebrates the power of equality, respect, and sportsmanship. Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert come from completely different places and play tennis in completely different ways. Chrissie is the all-American girl: practiced, poised, with perfect technique. Martina hails from Czechoslovakia, a Communist country, and her game is ruled by emotion. Everything about them is different, except one thing: they both want to be the best. But as their intense rivalry grows, something else begins to swing into place, and a friendship forms that will outlast all their tennis victories. Phil Bildner and Brett Helquist tell the engaging true story of these two masters of the court as they win title after title -- and, most importantly, the hearts of the fans.

I Look Up To... Serena Williams book
#17
I Look Up To... Serena Williams
Written by Anna Membrino and illustrated by Fatti Burke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

If you can see it, you can be it! Introduce your child to powerful feminist role models with this series of inspirational board books. It's never too early to introduce your child to the people you admire! This board book distills tennis superstar Serena Williams's excellent qualities into an eminently sharable read-aloud text with graphic, eye-catching illustrations. Each spread highlights an important trait, and is enhanced by a quote from Serena herself. Kids will grow up hearing the words of this powerful, determined woman and will learn what YOU value in a person! The I LOOK UP TO... series aims to shed a spotlight on women making a difference in the world today, and to encourage young kids to follow in their footsteps! Look for other books in the series about Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Malala Yousafzai!

Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play book
#18
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.

G Is for Golazo book
#19
G Is for Golazo
Written by James Littlejohn and illustrated by Matthew Shipley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

S is for soccer. F is for football, and fútbol, and fußball... No matter what you call it, everyone loves the beautiful game! The creators of B is for Baller return with a vibrant, stylish parade of soccer legends. Featuring dozens of international superstars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Pelé, Diego Maradona, Marta, Mia Hamm, and Abby Wambach, G is for Golazo is the ultimate ABC book for budding soccer fans.

Girls with Guts! book
#20
Girls with Guts!
Written by Debbie Gonzales and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer. A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Play Like a Girl keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

Soccer Expert book
#21
Soccer Expert
Written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Deborah Hocking
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Max knows a lot about soccer. After all, he's been playing it for almost three weeks! So he's pretty much an expert. Here Max shares his one-of-a-kind helpful tips including how to warm up (stretch, twirl, somersault), who's who on the field (the ref is the guy in yellow with the whistle-you should not bring your own whistle), and what to do with your hands since you can't touch the ball (wave at fans, hide them in your shirt, play itsy-bitsy spider).But could Max possibly be forgetting something very important? Full of humor, energy, and warmth, Max Explains Everything- Soccer Expert is the perfect read aloud for novice players as well as for fellow "kid experts" on the game.

The Karate Kid book
#22
The Karate Kid
Written and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When The Karate Kid appeared in theaters in 1984, its heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a bullied boy and his karate teacher won over audiences and inspired children across America to take up martial arts. Now this beloved film is reimagined as a Pop Classics picture book, with Kim Smith's bright and kid-friendly illustrations capturing all of the story's iconic moments. Young Daniel moves to a new town and becomes the target of bullies from the local karate dojo Cobra Kai. Hoping to win the upcoming karate tournament, Daniel begs his neighbor Mr. Miyagi to help him train. Mr. Miyagi reluctantly agrees. But he becomes more than just Daniel's sensei by teaching him lessons about patience, balance, and hard work along the way. This timeless story about finding inner strength will enchant children, their parents, and anyone who has ever had that one special teacher.

Basketball Break book
#23
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.

Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True book
#24
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 Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks book
#25
The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks
Written and illustrated by Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Brother and Sister try out for soccer teams, Papa is at first disappointed that they do not want to play baseball, but he changes his mind when he sees them practice.

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