Wide World of Sports Books

By Barbara Bietz


Some parents lament that their kids will only read sports books. What they may not realize is that there is a widespread variety of terrific books within the sports genre. If your child is an avid spots reader – celebrate the passion, and check out the options, from non-fiction to fantasy. There is a whole world to explore in sports!

boy sports book And Nobody Got Hurt!: The World’s Weirdest, Wackiest True Sports Stories by Len Berman, Illustrated by Kent Gamble

Author Len Berman is sports reporter and anchorman. In this book he shares some unbelievable true stories. The unpredictability in sports is what keeps fans watching! The stories range from hilarious, to awe-inspiring. The incidents in the book were originally appeared on Berman’s show, “Spanning the World.”

girl sports bookA Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Sue Macy.

Yes there are sports stories for girls! For fans of the movie “A League of their Own,” this book offers in dept information about the history of girl’s professional baseball. A wealth of information is presented, including photos that bring this historical time to life. This candid book is best for readers 12 and over. A great selection to inspire a school research project!

Summerland by Michael Chabon will engage sports lovers and fans of fantasy, as well. Chabon has created a enchanted world of fairies, goblin, monsters, and baseball. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the book. The engaging prose will keep readers turning the pages.

The Goalie Mask (Hockey Heroes Series) (Hardcover)
by Mike Leonetti (Author), Shayne Letain (Illustrator).

“It was a crisp Saturday morning in October and Grandpa was driving me to hockey practice…” Editorial Reviews
From School Library Journal. Grade 2-4 – A young goalie learns about the origins of wearing a face mask while playing hockey and gains confidence in his own skills in the process. After the coach tells Marc to stay in the net during games instead of attempting to handle the puck outside of the crease, Marc’s grandfather gives him playing tips and encouragement. He also tells the boy and his friends about a game played at Madison Square Garden in 1959, when Jacques Plante, a famous goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, was hit in the face with a puck and refused to return unless allowed to wear the special mask he had designed. En Gamble Through practice and perseverance, Marc develops the skills and assertiveness to approach the coach with a plan to come out of the net and pass the puck to an open player, just like Plante. The illustrations are colorful and action-packed. Black and gray tones are used when Grandpa reminisces about 1959. A brief biography describes Plante’s illustrious career. A good choice for hockey fans. – Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA


Like A Maccabee – This middle grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.

About Barbara Bietz

Barbara is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children’s books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit Barbara’s website at www.BarbaraBietz.com and blog – Talking about great kid’s books and sharing ideas about writing for kids.
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Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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