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“When I was in elementary school, I vividly remember the Scholastic book order form and the excitement I had to put in an order. As the only girl in my class that played sports, I, like most of the boys, gravitated to books about football, hockey, and basketball. But never in the choices listed was there one about girls playing sports – no one who looked like me. But I did play and continue to throughout my life. “ Shelly Boyum-Breen, author of the Shelly Bean The Sports Queen picture book series.
“Sporty” girls come in all shapes and sizes and most want just one thing; to matter. Kids’ and YA books that showcase our girls and young women are sorely needed but thankfully, they are also becoming more common. Here are some great Books for Sporty Girls and Parents.
Books for Sporty Girls and Parents
Shelly Bean is a sporty, dirty knee little girl with a “can-do” spirit. It might take falling down, getting hurt and getting back up but Shelly Bean is determined to learn new sports and be great. After watching an event on TV or seeing other kids in the neighborhood, she gets it in her mind that it is her time to play and to reward herself each time she’s successful, she creates a new sports charm to put on her crown like a jewel of accomplishment.
HOW TO COACH GIRLS by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley
It was early 2017 when co-author Mia WeNjen, the mother of two girls involved in sports, had a conversation with her daughter’s coach that planted a seed of an idea.
“My oldest daughter had an amazing volleyball coach who was so positive that even when they lost every game in a tournament,” Mia recalled. “He emphasized their improvements so it left feeling like champions. I was walking next to him for a team dinner and he told me that early in his coaching career, he was that coach that yelled more at the most promising player. It took him a long time of trial and error to learn how to effectively coach girls.”
That revelation inspired Mia to then reach out to neighbor and friend, Alison Foley and together the dynamic duo cultivated a plan to create a blueprint for coaches that would help shed light on the intricacies of coaching girls and how they could keep girls active ins sport. Learn more about the HOW TO COACH GIRLS Book HERE.
Booklist on Pragmaticmom
Mia is also a blogger at PragmaticMom.com, a mash-up covering education, parenting, and multicultural children’s books. Her blog receives over one million views a year. We love her #OwnVoices Diverse Track and Field booklist for kids!
Skye at Planet Jixatron has a great Sporty Booklist that has some awesome “sporty girl” titles included!
Of course, we can’t talk about sporty girls without mentioning Wilma Rudolph, the three-time Olympic Gold medalist.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Coretta Scott King winner Frank Morrison is a charming story about wanting to be the fastest kid in Clarksville. It’s also about determination, dreams, and the friends we meet along the way.
“the triumph can’t be had without the struggle”- Wilma Rudolph Quickest Kid in Clarksville
It’s the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about ONE thing: Wilma Rudolph. She’ll be riding on a float tomorrow. You see, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma was.
Alta knows that it doesn’t matter if your shoes have holes, Wilma’s did too. But what happens when a new girl shows up with her shiny new running shoes? Yes, this girl has shoes to strut in and shoes to run in. These shoes are just like “Wilma’s.” But Alta knows that it’s not shoes that make one fast, it’s the feet. So what happens when the said, “new girl” challenges Alta to a race? Will Alta still remain the fastest kid in Clarksville?
“Never Underestimate the Power of Dreams and the Influence of the Human Spirit.”
― Wilma Rudolph
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville has a powerful message and that is to run after your dreams. It is beautifully told and illustrated. I love the layout of the book and the fun fonts that are used. The story, illustrations, and graphic design work in tandem to create one keeper of a book. This book is slated to become a classic! It’s so well done.
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
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. The book also contains infographics on topics that sporty women want to know about such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women’s teams. Women in Sports celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for today’s athletes.
Of course, Mighty Girl always has the motherlode of great book recommends and their list of true stories of female sports pioneers as well as contemporary and fictional stories about girls participating in sports books are sure to please.
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