Sunday, July 24, 2016

RA RA READ: Middle Grade Sports in Fiction

Sports books! I am not a sports fan and really don't read this genre, but I certainly buy them for the kids. I have kids who will read only sports novels, but they are not really voracious readers so I find a few basic series is quite enough.

Authors for younger or struggling readers

  • Matt Christopher
    • Classic titles
    • Play Ball series
  • Jake Maddox
    • Multiple titles, includes sports with girls
Authors for middle grade readers
  • John Coy
  • Tim Green
  • Mike Lupica
  • W. C. Mack (Athlete vs Mathlete)
  • Dan Gutman (Baseball Card Adventures)
Sports series with girls
Sadly, a very short list
  • Alex Morgan - The Kicks
  • Belle Payton - It takes two
More Resources

2 comments:

Ms. Yingling said...

Don't forget Rich Wallace and Fred Bowen for younger middle grade, and Carl Deuker for older. Sports books are probably the ones that have the most interest but are hardest to find. The Alex Morgan books are really good and popular, and girls who like those like the "Pretty Tough" series as well. I am always surprised at hoe much I like sports books, since I never read any as a child!

Jennifer said...

Yeah, there's a LOT more than I have here - this is just what I've got at our library. Mostly the kids read Matt Christopher and Jake Maddox for the younger and Tim Green and Mike Lupica for the older - I do have a Fred Bowen, but it doesn't check out. I'll have to look up the Pretty Tough series - I need more books with girls playing sports.