10 Best Sports Books For Kids

Books are such a tremendous way to get our little people interested in pretty much anything! From books about sports for toddlers to books to inspire your child to achieve more, we've compiled our latest list of top sports books for young boys and girls. 

Babe Ruth Saves Baseball

1. Babe Ruth Saves Baseball by Frank Murphy

Best baseball book for kids 

Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out?

Family Huddle

2. Family Huddle by Jim Madsen

Best football book for kids 

Pile into the car with Eli, Peyton and their older brother, Cooper in Family Huddle for a trip to visit their grandparents. Their dad, former NFL star Archie Manning, is at the wheel with Olivia at his side. Eli, Peyton and Cooper joke around and play football at every opportunity. The boys run fun plays like the buttonhook, quarterback sneak, and hook and ladder. Family and football will always be a big deal in the Manning family. Family Huddle is based on some of the Mannings’ memories from their days in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Magical Racquet Ride

3. A Magical Racquet Ride: Journey to the Four Grand Slam Tournaments of Tennis by Marissa Irvin Gould

Best tennis book for kids 

With a little world geography and a whole lot of tennis mixed together, kids and parents alike will fall in love with tennis for the first time, or all over again. A fantasy-adventure picture book that both boys and girls will want to read time after time, while they learn about tennis and its truly international appeal. Readers of all ages will be delighted by this brightly illustrated, rhyming story of magical tennis racquets escorting twins across the globe to glamorous tennis ports of call--New York, London, Paris, and Melbourne. Written by a former tennis professional, Marissa Irvin Gould, has played the sport at the highest level-- winning matches at all four Grand Slam events. She is also a mother of three young children and an elementary school teacher with a passion for learning. Don't be surprised if after reading this book, kids are clamoring for a new racquet, and a chance to get outside and play tennis for themselves.

Big Book of Who

4. Big Book of Who by Sports Illustrated Kids

Best sports book for kids 

From the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids comes The Big Book of Who, a 128-page collection of the brightest stars in sports, past and present. Profiles, facts and stats will bring the best players in pro sports history to life with all of the touches that Sports Illustrated Kids is famous for - terrific, age-appropriate writing and exciting sports photography. Ballfield greats such as, Lebron James, Babe Ruth, Landon Donovan, Michael Jordan, and Sidney Crosby will be profiled. Written in a fun question and answer format, kids will be able to stump their friends. 

The Big Book of Who is a book your young sports fans will return to again and again!

Funniest Man in Baseball

5. The Funniest Man in Baseball by Audrey Vernick

Best baseball book for kids 

A hilarious picture book biography about Max Patkin, a professional ballplayer turned legendary baseball clown, from the author of the acclaimed Brothers at Bat and other baseball nonfiction.

Max Patkin was pitching in the minor leagues when he was injured and had to leave his dreams behind. He joined the Navy and eventually was able to play again while in the military . . . and this time he got to pitch against superstar Joe DiMaggio. When Joe hit one of Max’s throws out of the park, Max threw down his glove, left the mound, and chased Joe around the bases, making faces and imitating his every move. The crowd loved it! And a baseball clown was born.

This inspiring and comical biography carries an important message: Life doesn’t always turn out exactly as you hope . . . but moving in a new direction can sometimes bring happy surprises.

What Am I Playing Que juego

6. What Am I Playing? Que juego? by Pamela Zagarenski

Best sports book for kids 

If you want to explore more than one sport at a time or engage children who are not interested in sports, then What Am I Playing/¿Que juego? by Pamela Zagarenski fits the bill. Part of the Good Beginnings/Un buen comienzo series, the answers to the question are presented in both English and Spanish and include outdoor sports, playground games, and some indoor activities.

The boy who never gave up

7. The Boy Who Never Gave Up: Stephen Curry by Anthony Curcio

Best basketball book for kids 

The Boy Who Never Gave Up is the inspiring true story of NBA superstar Stephen Curry. This Fully illustrated picture book biography tells the story of a young boy who many said was too short to play in high school, too weak to play in college and not good enough to play in the NBA.
Against all odds, this small boy who follows his dream, not only makes it to the NBA, but becomes one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball.

She Persisted in Sports

8. She Persisted In Sports by Chelsea Clinton

Best sports book for girls 

Throughout history, women have been told that they couldn’t achieve their dreams, no matter how hard they tried. Women athletes have faced their own unique set of challenges, across countless sports and levels of play. In this third She Persisted book, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to women who have excelled in their sports because of their persistence. 

She Persisted in Sports is a book for everyone who has ever aimed for a goal and been told it wasn’t theirs to hit, for everyone who has ever raced for a finish line that seemed all too far away, and for everyone who has ever felt small or unimportant while out on the field.


Basketball Break

9. Basketball Break by CC Joven

Best basketball book for kids 

Lucas likes basketball, but he is a ball hog. Can Lucas learn to pass the ball? This Starting Line Reader showcases how to be a team player.


Women In Sports

10. Women In Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky

Best sports book for kids 

A richly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports. The athletes featured include well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, as well as lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men’s league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee.


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