Are you watching the Superbowl this weekend? Do you have young football fans at home? What about baseball? soccer? basketball? track?
Sports books are a distinct sub-genre, a definite “hook” for many reluctant readers. A good sports book offers more than just a sports story, though: it often offers insight on character issues, relationship conflicts, teamwork, perseverance, and more.
Sports Books That Pack a Punch
Though the books below are all sports books, even non-sports lovers will find them engaging and thought-provoking. Unless otherwise noted, books are for middle grades (~ages 10-12). Titles linked to reviews for more information.
Soar by Joan Bauer (Baseball) Plunked by Michael Northrop (Baseball)The Only Game by Mike Lupica (Baseball)Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu by Jason Reynolds (Track) (4 different books)Tangerine by Ed Bloor (Soccer) Booked by Kwame Alexander (Soccer) Crossover and Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Basketball) The Great Wall of Lucy Lu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Basketball)Play Makers by Mike Lupica (Basketball)Athlete v. Mathlete by W. C. Mach (Basketball)Kid Owner by Tim Green (Football)Unstoppable by Tim Green (Football)Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica (Football)Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Roller derby)Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin (Football; nonfiction) (MG/YA)Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (Basketball) (YA)Change-Up by John Feinstein (Baseball) (YA)The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers (Chess; nonfiction) (YA) Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong (Track; nonfiction) (YA)The post Sports Books That Pack a Punch appeared first on Redeemed Reader.