Best Sports Books

Whether you're a player, a fan, or a reader on the sidelines, these gripping stories will make you stand up and cheer. From knockout punches, tense at-bats, daring dunks, and Hail Mary passes to moving coming-of-age moments and historic achievements, these books teach boys and girls tough lessons learned on and off the field.

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The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Book Poster Image
Terrific, kid-friendly bio on a sports great.
By Tonya Bolden
(2007)
(2004)
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Ballpark Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
Bro and sis solve fun mysteries in major-league ballparks.
By David A. Kelly
(2016)
(2011)
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Baseball Is... Book Poster Image
Ode to America's pastime hits it out of the park.
By Louise Borden
(2014)
(2014)
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Becoming Joe DiMaggio Book Poster Image
Poems about growing up during WWII.
By Maria Testa
(2004)
(2004)
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The Contract Book Poster Image
Fun tale of Jeter in Little League mixes action, messages.
By Derek Jeter, Paul Mantell
(2015)
(2014)
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Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook: Gabby Garcia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Goal-focused Latina scores big hit in series opener.
By Iva-Marie Palmer
(2017)
(2017)
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Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer Book Poster Image
Inspirational memoir of Little League history maker.
By Mo'ne Davis, Hilary Beard
(2015)
(2015)
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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Book Poster Image
A must for any baseball fan.
By Jonah Winter
(2009)
(2009)
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The Big Field Book Poster Image
Action-packed, emotional dad-son baseball story.
By Mike Lupica
(2008)
(2008)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Book Poster Image
Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.
By Kadir Nelson
(2009)
(2008)
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Best of the Best Book Poster Image
Tween baseball book provides tips for sports and friendship.
By Tim Green
(2011)
(2011)
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Booked Book Poster Image
Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.
By Kwame Alexander
(2016)
(2016)
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Fast Break Book Poster Image
Inspiring and entertaining sports story for tweens.
By Mike Lupica
(2015)
(2015)
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Ghost: Track, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Poignant, smart look at track star running from his past.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith Book Poster Image
Inspiring autobiography by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
By Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford
(2013)
(2012)
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New Kid Book Poster Image
Gripping sports story about a boy's struggle for identity.
By Tim Green
(2014)
(2014)
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The Playbook: 52 Rules To Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Book Poster Image
Dynamic collection of inspiring quotes, lessons from sports.
By Kwame Alexander
(2017)
(2017)
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Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Book Poster Image
Thrilling account of early gridiron history.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2017)
(2017)
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Boy21 Book Poster Image
Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens.
By Matthew Quick
(2013)
(2012)
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Game Changer Book Poster Image
Story of softballer in alternate world picks up as it goes.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
(2012)
(2012)
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The Off Season Book Poster Image
Heartwarming tale starring sporty teen girl.
By Catherine Murdock
(2008)
(2008)
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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Book Poster Image
Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.
By Ron Koertge
(2010)
(2011)
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Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance Book Poster Image
Uplifting memoir of teen Olympic medalist, ex-foster kid.
By Simone Biles, Michelle Burford
(2017)
(2016)
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Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream Book Poster Image
Stunning investigation into sports mania has mature themes.
By H.G. Bissinger
(2012)
(2000)
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Hoops Book Poster Image
A hard-boiled depiction of life in the ghetto.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2003)
(1981)
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Mexican Whiteboy Book Poster Image
Moving, violent book about teen looking for his identity.
By Matt de la Peña
(2009)
(2008)
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