Compiled by the Children’s Services Staff at Monroe County Public Library
1. The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter
2. Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo
3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
4. Marvin Redpost: Super Fast, Out of Control! by Louis Sachar
5. The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman
6. Summerland by Michael Chabon
7. Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
Elephant and Piggie learn to play catch with their new friend Snake.
8. Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack
When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home.
9. Baseball Great by Tim Green
10. Guys Read: The Sports Pages by Jon Scieszka
A collection of sports stories featuring everything from fighting to friendship, set everywhere from the tennis court to the hockey rink.
11. New Kid by Tim Green
A troubled kid finds his bearings in a new school after a baseball coach offers him a spot on the team.
12. Taking Sides by Gary Soto
Fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, must come to terms with his divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.
13. Babymouse Goes for the Gold by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
Babymouse joins the swim team and, despite her shortcomings as an athlete, gives it her all and tries to win an award.
14. Six Innings: A Game in the Life by James Preller
15. Top of the Order by John Coy
16. Soccer Chick Rules by Dawn Fitzgerald
17. Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
18. Lola Levine is Not Mean! by Monica Brown
Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.
19. Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
When Rotten Ralph, the cat, fails to win a spot on a baseball team with his friend Sarah, he becomes the “cat boy” instead, still dreaming of proving himself the superstar he imagines himself to be.
20. Lucy on the Ball by Ilene Cooper
Lucy the beagle does not mind her humans very well until third-grader Bobby joins a soccer team, Lucy becomes the mascot, and the coach gives Lucy obedience training.
21. Ice Island by Sherry Shahan
22. Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet tall and suffers from a condition called Gigantism, leaves the Philipines to live with his mother’s family in London, much to the delight of his thirteen-year-old half sister Andi, a passionate basketball player.
23. Molly Gets Mad by Suzy Kline
24. Travel Team by Mike Lupica
25. Hot Hand by Mike Lupica
26. Fast Break by Mike Lupica
Since his mother’s death, Jayson, twelve, has focused on basketball and surviving but he is found out and placed with an affluent foster family of a different race, and must learn to accept many changes, including facing his former teammates in a championship game.
27. Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey
A fun, feel-good, “underdog” story about a little-known female athlete whose derring-do transformed girls’ sports.
28. Soar by Joan Bauer
Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.
29. Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
30. Yes She Can! Women’s Sports Pioneers by Glenn Stout
31. A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
32. Don’t Throw it to Mo! by David A. Adler
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a ‘butterfingers’ who’s too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo’s coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo’s little size into a big win for the Robins.
33. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
34. Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson
35. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.
36. Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Eighth-grader Theo Rollins’ growth spurt has Coach Mandrake trying to transform him into a basketball star, but training time is hurting the science club’s chances of winning the “Aca-lympics,” and being accused of stealing could mean Theo is off both teams.
37. The Dog that Stole Football Plays by Matt Christopher
38. Little Kunoichi, the Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida
Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai’s practice and skills, she works harder than ever — and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival.
40. Airball: My Life in Briefs by Lisa Harkrader
Uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader Kirby Nickel braves his coach’s ire and becomes captain of the basketball team in order to help him prove that NBA star Brett McGrew is the father he has never known.
41. Doubles Troubles by Betty Hicks
Categories: Literature & Fiction