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hudson_girls' golfHudson, Maryann Girls’ Golf
Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO

Lawrence, Blythe Girls’ Gymnastics
Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO

Peters, Chris Girls’ Hockey
Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO

Williams, Doug Girls’ Basketball
Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO

Girls’ SportsZone series. These volumes survey four sports and the female athletes at their forefronts. Each chapter pairs a technical skill with a prominent contemporary athlete. The books are more overview than how-to, but each takes its sport seriously, depicting how the development of skills has shaped the athletes’ careers. Diagrams of a golf course, ice rink, etc. are appended. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Sports—Golf; Sports—Gymnastics; Sports—Hockey; Sports—Basketball; Women—Athletes

mcclafferty_fourth down and inchesMcClafferty, Carla Killough Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment
Middle school, high school   96 pp. Carolrhoda

McClafferty’s informative and useful book focuses on football to discuss the serious but historically trivialized condition of concussion. Starting with football’s beginnings, McClafferty details the game’s early casualties; the controversy over its growing presence as a college sport; and how it became entrenched in American culture. She then goes on to cover the neuroscience behind head trauma and the increased awareness of the dangers. Reading list. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Sports—Football; Human body—Brain

mulder_pedal itMulder, Michelle Pedal It!: How Bicycles Are Changing the World
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Orca

Orca Footprints series. Divided into four chapters, this book looks at the history and mechanics of the bicycle, and explores reasons for its use, such as low cost and environmental impact. Well-captioned photos that show the unusual ways in which bikes have been put to work — from bicycle soccer in Europe to bicycle ambulances in Namibia — illustrate the accessible text. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Sports—Bicycles and bicycling; Transportation

nelson_baseball is funNelson, Robin Baseball Is Fun!
PS–Gr. 3   24 pp. Lerner

Nelson, Robin Basketball Is Fun!
PS–Gr. 3      24 pp. Lerner

Nelson, Robin Dance Is Fun!
PS–Gr. 3      24 pp. Lerner

Nelson, Robin Football Is Fun!
PS–Gr. 3      24 pp. Lerner

Nelson, Robin Soccer Is Fun
PS–Gr. 3     24 pp. Lerner

Nelson, Robin Swimming Is Fun!
PS–Gr. 3      24 pp. Lerner

First Step Nonfiction: Sports Are Fun! series. Using the simplest of texts for new readers, these upbeat (if formulaic) books give basic and very broad descriptions of the title sports (“Do you like to throw and catch a ball? You can play football!”). Equipment, rules, and terminology are touched on; random “Fun Facts” are appended. Stock photos show kids playing sports. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Sports—Baseball; Sports—Basketball; Dance; Sports—Football; Sports—Soccer; Sports—Swimming

rosenstock_streakRosenstock, Barb The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero
Gr. K–3   
32 pp. Boyds/Calkins

Illustrated by Terry Widener. In 1941, with “war spreading like a fever through Europe,” the heroics of Joe DiMaggio offered a summertime respite as he began a hitting streak that would beat all previous records and has yet to be surpassed. Widener is a master at capturing the larger-than-life spirit of baseball through his perfectly attuned acrylic illustrations, and the text matches the art in its exuberance. Bib.
Subjects: Sports; Sports—Baseball; DiMaggio, Joe; History, Modern—World War II; Biographies

From the May 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.


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