Sports, Sports, and More Sports

Bailer, Darice  Kickball
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Bailer, Darice  Street Football
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Bailer, Darice  Ultimate
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Ellenport, Craig  Pick-Up Basketball
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Laughlin, Kara L.  Capture the Flag
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Laughlin, Kara L.  Four Square
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Laughlin, Kara L.  Parkour
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Laughlin, Kara L.  Street Hockey
Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's

Neighborhood Sports series. "Don't sit around indoors. Play kickball outside with your friends!" These upbeat volumes provide very simple rules and instructions for the title sports. While the texts' helpfulness can be questionable ("Kicking is easy. Just point your toes down and kick"), their enthusiasm comes through in the exclamation point–heavy writing and clear illustrations of children at play. Reading list. Glos., ind.

Subjects: Sports; Games; Neighborhoods; Sports—Football; Sports—Basketball; Sports—Hockey; Sports—Parkour

Bramucci, Steve  Rock Stars!: True Stories of Extreme Climbing Adventures!
Gr. K–3, 4–6    98 pp.    National

Maloney, Brenna  White Water!: True Stories of Extreme Adventures!
Gr. K–3, 4–6    98 pp.    National

National Geographic Kids Chapters series. These nonfiction chapter books should appeal to adventure-seekers. Readers follow three exciting stories of river expeditions navigating treacherous waters in Alaska, Africa, and Peru for research and conservation; and three stories of rock climbers setting records scaling the roof of Red Cave in Japan, Castleton Tower in Utah, and Mount Meru in the Himalayas. Engaging photographs and sidebars complement the dynamic texts. Websites. Ind.

Subjects: Sports; Adventures and adventurers; Sports—Rock climbing; Environment—Conservation; Vehicles—Boats and boating

Delle Donne, Elena  My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall
Middle school, high school    253 pp.    Simon

With Sarah Durand. WNBA player and Olympic Gold Medalist Delle Donne's lively, honest, and inspiring memoir discusses the many challenges she faced (notably chronic, painful Lyme disease) on her journey to basketball stardom. Written in an engaging, conversational voice, Delle Donne's account mixes lots of basketball action with moving descriptions of her supportive family and her struggle to re-develop a love of basketball after burning out.

Subjects: Sports—Basketball; Biographies; Women—Biographies; Autobiographies; Women—Autobiographies; Family; Homosexuality; Olympics; Diseases—Lyme disease; Women—Athletes 

Doeden, Matt  Coming Up Clutch: The Greatest Upsets, Comebacks, and Finishes in Sports History
Gr. 4–6, middle school    64 pp.    Millbrook

Spectacular Sports series. Doeden's lively, fast-paced narrative first addresses what clutch means in a sports context. Then he focuses on individual and team sports in which an athlete or team has responded positively or negatively to game-changing challenges, often resulting in surprising, nail-biting finishes. Well-chosen action photos provide young sports enthusiasts with glimpses of clutch players and performances throughout modern history. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.

Subjects: Sports

Schuh, Mari  Figure Skating
Gr. K–3    16 pp.    Amicus Ink

Schuh, Mari  Golf
Gr. K–3    16 pp.    Amicus Ink

Schuh, Mari  Snowboarding
Gr. K–3    16 pp.    Amicus Ink

Schuh, Mari  Swimming
Gr. K–3    16 pp.    Amicus Ink

Schuh, Mari  Tae Kwon Do
Gr. K–3    16 pp.    Amicus Ink

Schuh, Mari  Volleyball
Gr. K–3    16 pp.    Amicus Ink

Spot Sports series. Each slim easy reader opens with a photo glossary highlighting four sport-specific vocabulary words, accompanied by instructions: "Look for these words and pictures as you read." The following spreads are organized around these keywords, with bright stock photos and a smattering of facts. The volumes are light on substance but effectively reinforce the meaning of a small number of relevant terms.

Subjects: Sports—Volleyball; Sports—Swimming; Sports—Golf; Sports—Ice skating; Sports—Martial arts; Sports—Snowboarding

From the October 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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