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amstutz_bicycle basics let it rollAmstutz, Lisa J.  Bicycle Basics: Let It Roll!
Gr. K–3     24 pp.   Capstone

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bike Safety: A Crash Course
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Capstone

Pebble Plus: Spokes series. These primers are good introductions to the sport as well as to bicycling safety, history, and mechanical basics. Clearly focused on promoting the recreational fun of cycling, the books feature large, full-color photographs with a variety of children and adults. Safety tips and instructions are simple, thorough, and stress the importance of being self-reliant. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports—Bicycles and bicycling; Safety

doeden_world seriesDoeden, Matt  The World Series: Baseball’s Biggest Stage
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.   Millbrook

Profusely illustrated with photographs and written in succinct, fast-moving prose, this historical overview of the World Series will please baseball fans. Spanning the years from the first, unofficial Series in 1903 to the recent 2012 season, Doeden highlights memorable games, plays, and stars. With invitingly open pages and engaging text, this is definitely worth adding to any baseball book collection. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports—Baseball

romero_no summit out of sightRomero, Jordan  No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
Middle school, high school     355 pp.   Simon

With Linda LeBlanc. At nine years old, Jordan Romero decided he would climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. With ample support from his parents, he achieved his goal before turning sixteen. Romero recounts each climb chronologically, paying extra attention to difficult moments requiring stamina and mental fortitude. Adventure-seekers will enjoy living vicariously through Romero’s travels in this earnest, occasionally thrilling memoir.
Subjects: Biographies; Mountaineers; Sports—Mountain climbing; Autobiographies

taylor_goalTaylor, Sean  Goal!
Gr. K–3   32 pp.    Holt

Photographs by Caio Vilela. The uniqueness, excitement, and universality of soccer are the focus of this appealing book: “Where there’s a ball, there will always be someone who wants to play soccer.” Dynamic photographs capture children playing the sport in fifteen different countries, including Brazil, Ghana, Iran, and New Zealand. Soccer facts for each country are highlighted, and a world map is included.
Subjects: Sports—Soccer

wallace_babe conquers the worldWallace, Rich and Wallace, Sandra Neil  Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Middle school, high school     272 pp.    Boyds/Calkins

Ten riveting “rounds” profile Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the world’s most remarkable athletes. Born in 1911, Babe excelled at basketball, track and field, baseball, and (most notably) golf, setting world records and playing professionally at a time when women athletes were rare. Her lasting legacy includes co-founding today’s Ladies Professional Golf Association. Plentiful archival photos show Babe in action. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Biographies; Women—Biographies; Women—Athletes; Sports—Golf; Zaharias, Babe Didrikson

From the March 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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