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Grades K - 1
Big Kicks

Kolar, Bob. Big kicks.
Biggie Bear’s friends convince him to play soccer, but once they are out on the field, they realize there is more to soccer than just being big.


soccer hour

Nevius, Carol. Soccer hour.
Pictures and rhyming text describe the drills and scrimmages of a team at soccer practice.


Casey and derek on the ice

Sederman, Marty. Casey and Derek on the ice.
A rhyming tale of an underdog hockey team’s last-minute attempt to win a big hockey game.


Grades 1 - 2

Antle, Nancy. Staying Cool.
Curtis trains in his grandfather’s gym to compete in the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament.


willie and the all-stars

Cooper, Floyd. Willie and the All-Stars.
In 1934 Chicago, Willie sees a game between the Negro League All-Star team and the Major League All-Stars, and realizes that his dream of becoming a professional baseball player could come true.


the day roy riegels ran the wrong way

Gutman, Dan. The day Roy Riegels ran the wrong way.
A boy’s grandfather tells him about the famous Rose Bowl game in 1929 when the University of California Golden Bears lost after one of their players ran the wrong way down the football field.


Girl wonder

Hopkinson, Deborah. Girl wonder: a baseball story in nine innings.
In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way that she can play, even though she is a girl.


Michaels golden rule

Jordan, Deloris. Michael’s golden rules.
Jonathan’s friend Michael, Michael’s parents and Jonathan’s family help him do his best in the Badgers’ big baseball game.


goalie mask

Leonetti, Mike. The goalie mask.
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.


Sylvester, Kevin. Splinters.
In his hockey verson of the Cinderella story, Cindy, a poor girl, but talented hockey player, must deal with the jealous Blister sisters.



Tavares, Matt. Mudball.
During a rainy baseball game in 1903, little Andy Oyler has the chance to become a hero by hitting the shortest and muddiest home run in history.


Grades 3 - 4
top of the order

Coy, John. Top of the order.
Four boys in fifth grade lead different family lives but on the baseball field they are a strong team. In this last year before middle school, they are thrown a curveball when Gus’s sister becomes the much needed second baseman.


Satch & me

Gutman, Dan. Satch & me.
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.


swimming with sharks

Hicks, Betty. Swimming with the sharks. (Gym Shorts series)
Rita tries to improve her times and flip turns as she struggles to decide whether to remain the best swimmer on the Dolphins or the worst on the Sharks team, where she could be with her friends.

Out standing in my field

Jennings, Patrick. Out standing in my field.
Although fifth-grader Ty Cutter is named after baseball great Ty Cobb, he is the worst player on the team which happens to be coached by his overly- competitive father. Story is told inning by inning of an important play-off game.


Raymond & Graham: bases loaded

Knudson, Mark. Raymond & Graham: bases loaded.
Fourth-grade best friends, Raymond and Graham, try to avoid the class bully, have fun with a substitute teacher, and get attention from girls while concentrating on winning the Little League Championship.       



Levine, Caroline Anne. The Detective Stars and the case of the super soccer team.
Young detectives Veronica and Ernest are asked to find out how the worst soccer team has been able to make it to the finals.


skateboard save

Maddox. Jake. Skateboard save.
When bullies mess with Riley at the skate park one night, Bernie Chu, the best skate in town, saves Riley’s board. The next day, Bernie acts as if he’s never seen Riley before.



Markey, Kevin. Slumpbuster.
Eleven-year-old slugger Banjo Bishbash is overcome by a nasty hitting slump as he tries to lead the Rambletown Rounders to the division baseball championship.


moon runner

Marsden, Carolyn. Moon runner.
When Mina discovers that she can run faster than her athlete friend, Ruth, she thinks she must choose between running and friendship.


The real lucky charm

Richardson, Charisse. The real lucky charm.
Thinking that luck – rather than hard work—has helped her succeed on the court and in school, ten-year-old Mia panics and turns to her twin brother for help when her lucky gold basketball goes missing from her charm bracelet.


some kind of pride

Testa, Maria. Some kind of pride.
Named after the great Babe Ruth, 11-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a major league baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl.

The ball hogs

Wallace, Rich. The ball hogs.
Nine-year-old Ben, a natural athlete, wants to overcome his inexperience and prove himself on the soccer field, but his obnoxious teammate, Mark, keeps hogging the ball.


Grades 5 - 6
the girl who threw butterflies

Cochrane, Mick. The girl who threw butterflies.
Eighth-grader Molly’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently-deceased father, who loved baseball, but helps her in other aspects of her life as well.



Creech, Sharon. Heartbeat.
Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.


running wild

Dygard, Thomas. Running Wild.
When Coach Wilson and Officer Stowell encourage him to join the high school football team, Pete no longer believes that “nobody does anything for nothing”.


brooklyn nine

Gratz, Alan. The Brooklyn nine: a novel in nine innings.
Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and baseball.


football hero

Green, Tim. Football hero.
When twelve-year-old Ty’s brother, Thane, is recruited out of college to play for the NY Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Thane and Ty in trouble.



Harkrader, Lisa. Airball: my life in briefs.
Uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader Kirby Nickel braves his coach’s anger and becomes captain of the basketball team.


safe at second

Johnson, Scott. Safe at second.
Paulie Lockwood’s best friend, Todd Bannister, is destined for the major leagues until a line drive to the head causes him to lose an eye and they both must find a new future for themselves.


drop in

Lemke, Donald B. Drop in.
Omar Grebes and his friend Tommy Goff are both reckless skateboarders, but when they become involved with a mysterious organization called The Revolution, things get confusing and dangerous. Volume one of Tony Hawk 900 Revolutions.


travel team

Lupica, Mike. Travel team.
After he is cut from his travel basketball team, the very same team that his father had led to national prominence, twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.


sugar and ice

Messner, Kate. Sugar and ice.
When a Russian skating coach offers Vermont farm girl, Clair, a scholarship to train with the elite in Lake Placid, she encounters a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything.


defending irene

Nitz, Kristin Wolden. Defending Irene.
A thirteen-year-old American girl plays on a fiercely competitive boy’s soccer team during the year her family spends in Italy and experiences culture clashes both on and off the field.


mack mcginns big win

Paratore, Coleen Murtaugh. Mack McGinn’s big win.
The entire McGinn family believes in winning, but sixth-grader Mack demonstrates to his parents and older brother what really matters most.


six innings

Preller, James. Six innings: a game in the life.
Earl Grubb’s Pool Supplies plays Northeast Gas & Electric in the Little League championship game, while Sam, who has cancer and is in a wheelchair, has to call the play-by-play instead of participating in the game.


Lucky: maris, mantle and my best summer ever

Tooke, Wes. Lucky: Maris, Mantle, and my best summer ever.
Louis, who loves baseball despite being the worst stickball player in his town, has the opportunity to be bat boy for the 1961 New York Yankees team.

fast company

Wallace, Rich. Fast company.
When sixth-grader Manny Ramos, one of the fastest runners on the youth football team, joins the new track club, he hopes that his light weight will be a benefit in racing against more experienced boys.

stanford wong flunks big time

Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong flunks big-time.
After failing 6th grade English, basketball prodigy, Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father.