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. They also show athletes breaking barriers and overcoming challenges to become champions and role models. Learn about more hardworking heroes and leaders in Biographies and Historical Fiction.

She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game Poster Image
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She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game

age 4+

Lively stories of girls who broke barriers, smashed records.

By: Chelsea Clinton (2020)
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The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Poster Image
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The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali

age 5+

Terrific, kid-friendly bio on a sports great.

By: Tonya Bolden (2004)
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Ballpark Mysteries Series

age 6+

Bro and sis solve fun mysteries in major-league ballparks.

By: David A. Kelly (2011)
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Baseball Is...

age 7+

Ode to America's pastime hits it out of the park.

By: Louise Borden (2014)
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Becoming Joe DiMaggio

age 8+

Poems about growing up during WWII.

By: Maria Testa (2004)
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Black Brother, Black Brother Poster Image
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Black Brother, Black Brother

age 8+

Boy challenges school bully in exciting sports story.

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The Contract

age 8+

Fun tale of Jeter in Little League mixes action, messages.

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Stephen Curry: Epic Athletes, Book 1 Poster Image
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Stephen Curry: Epic Athletes, Book 1

age 8+

Breezy biography tracks the rise of an NBA superstar.

By: Dan Wetzel (2019)
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Fast Pitch

age 8+

Girl seeks championship and the truth in gripping story.

By: Nic Stone (2021)
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Final Season

age 8+

Lots of teamwork and action in touching football story.

By: Tim Green (2021)
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Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook: Gabby Garcia, Book 1 Poster Image
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Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook: Gabby Garcia, Book 1

age 8+

Goal-focused Latina scores big hit in series opener.

By: Iva-Marie Palmer (2017)
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Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer Poster Image
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Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer

age 8+

Inspirational memoir of Little League history maker.

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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Poster Image
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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

age 8+

A must for any baseball fan.

By: Jonah Winter (2009)
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The Big Field

age 9+

Action-packed, emotional dad-son baseball story.

By: Mike Lupica (2008)
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The Crossover

age 9+

Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.

By: Kwame Alexander (2014)
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The Crossover: The Graphic Novel

age 9+

Graphic adaptation captures basketball's power, poetry.

By: Kwame Alexander (2019)
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Poster Image
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

age 9+

Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.

By: Kadir Nelson (2008)
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Best of the Best

age 10+

Tween baseball book provides tips for sports and friendship.

By: Tim Green (2011)
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Booked

age 10+

Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.

By: Kwame Alexander (2016)
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Fast Break

age 10+

Inspiring and entertaining sports story for tweens.

By: Mike Lupica (2015)
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