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24 Best Children’s Books About Sports

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One of the best ways to encourage children to read is to help them find books about topics they enjoy. Sports themed books are usually a big hit, especially with boys who may not love reading! With topics covering football, baseball, soccer, and others, these are our top picks for the best children’s books about sports in 2020.

Most of these are picture books about sports, but we do have a few chapter books about sports near the end for upper elementary and middle grade students.

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Sports Books for Kids

Kids Books about Basketball

Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Anthony Curcio

Our family is full of Golden State Warriors fans, with Steph Curry being our favorite professional basketball player! This book tells the inspiring true story of NBA superstar Stephen Curry, how he beat the odds to follow his dream.

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Little Basketball by Brad Herzog

This board book is full of rhyming riddles for sporty little readers. The colorful artwork introduces young basketball fans to the elements of basketball in a fun and engaging way.

This is just one book in part of a series that includes Little Baseball, Little Soccer, Little Football, and other sports-themed books for little readers.

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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence by Deloris Jordan

This heartwarming picture book, written by Michael Jordan's mom, tells of a child's dreams of being an Olympic gold medalist. Any child with aspirations and goals will enjoy this inspirational story.

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Kids Books about Football

So You Want To Be A Pro? by Nate Daniels

For any boy or girl who dreams of being a professional athlete, this book is a must-have. Written by former pro athlete Nate Daniels, kids will learn about the importance of hard work and dedication in not just becoming a professional athlete, but in any area of their lives.

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My First Football Book by Sterling Children's

This board book is a great way for parents to share their love of the game with their toddlers. With one word per page, little ones will learn basic football vocabulary. Also informative for adults who may not know what a running back is (wink wink).

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The Berenstain Bears Play Football! by Mike Berenstain

Our favorite bear family can't wait to watch the Grizzly Bowl! They start a game of football while they wait, and of course Berenstain excitement ensues. A level one reader, perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Kids Books about Soccer

Ronaldo: A Boy Who Became A Star by Steve Herman

Children will enjoy reading about Ronaldo, the boy born in a poor family who overcame obstacles to follow his dream - becoming one of the best soccer players in the world.

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The Field by Baptiste Paul

Winner of multiple awards, this picture book is one you won't want to miss. Read about friends who gather to play soccer to share the joy of the game. Includes themes of teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance.

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Kids Books about Baseball

My First Book of Baseball: A Rookie Book (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book)

From the Rookie Book series, this book coaches young athletes through a game of baseball. Engaging vocabulary, photos of actual players, and fun illustrations will help beginning readers learn all they want to know about the ball game.

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Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl

A sweet bedtime storybook from Sports Illustrated, Goodnight Baseball is the perfect bedtime story to a long day of playing ball. One of many bedtime ball books available, including Goodnight Basketball, Goodnight Hockey, Goodnight Soccer, Goodnight Football, Goodnight Dance, and Goodnight Skateboard.

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My Little Golden Book About Jackie Robinson by Frank John Berrios III

Little Golden Books are a favorite of many, and this biography about Jackie Robinson is great for young readers! Baseball fans can learn about his childhood and how he became a MLB great in this nonfiction book with just 24 pages. Perfect for little learners 2-5 years old.

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More Children’s Books about Sports

Don't Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler

The kids tease Mo, the youngest kid on the team, about not being able to catch the ball. But the coach has a plan to help! Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award in 2016.

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Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything by Howard Binkow

Peewee sports players will enjoy reading this book as they learn how to be a good sport. Tips and lessons included for parents to help teach respect, camaraderie, teamwork, and more.

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Tee Time With Daddy: My First Nine by Kristin Dooley

A different kind of "tea time" for little girls! This sweet story about a little girl going to play golf with Daddy will get little golfers excited for their first nine.

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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

This beautifully illustrated book tells the inspirational story of sisters and tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. An excellent way to encourage children to persevere and follow their dreams.

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Ball by Dr. John Hutton

This board book is the perfect sports book for babies! Introducing all kinds of balls from baseballs to beach balls, your little one will expand their vocabulary while developing a love for sports!

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Let's Play Hockey! by Ginger Swift

A chunky lift-a-flap book for toddlers to enjoy. Learn the basics of hockey and all kind of hockey vocabulary. It will be a win for sure!

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She's Got This by Laurie Hernandez

A New York Times bestseller, this gymnastics picture book inspires children to chase their dreams and never give up. Written by Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner Laurie Hernandez.

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Books about Sports for Older Kids

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Basketball fans will love this story about twin 12 year old boys trying to deal with middle school and family problems while chasing their dreams on the basketball court. An engaging read, tweens will be able to identify with the relatable nature of the character development in this book. This bestselling Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King award-winning novel will be one of their favorite books for sure!

And don't miss the other two books in The Crossover Series, Rebound and Booked. There is also a Crossover graphic novel that's perfect for reluctant readers!

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Red Zone by Tiki and Ronde Barber

Part of the Barber Game Time Books series, Red Zone is one of many books written by the retired NFL players Tiki & Ronde Barber. Not only will football lovers enjoy reading about this team as they work toward the playoffs, but they will learn the importance of honesty, integrity, and perseverance. For readers in grades 3-7.

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Scholastic Year in Sports 2023

This is a must-have for sports fans who want updated sports facts and stats on all their favorite teams and players! Read about the legends in all things sports-related, including X Games and other major sporting events. For young boys and girls in grades 3-7.

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Who Was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub

Another excellent book from the Who Was series, this biography tells the story about Babe Ruth's life in an easy-to-digest chapter book. Learn about the Home Run King's life and all that he had to overcome to get there. This was one of my son's favorites! (Don't miss Who Was Jackie Robinson and other books in the series too!)

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Touchdown Kid by Tim Green

Cory has to face obstacles that could mean big changes in his life - both positive and negative. He learns that he has to work hard to get what he wants out of life. Written by New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green - and perfect for any fans of Mike Lupica novels!

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