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Picture (Easy) Books

Alexander, It's Time for Bed!
by Alex Lluch
A delightful story of an adventurous young boy who does not want to go to bed. 
Bats at the Ballgame
by Brian Lies
Two teams of bats play an exciting nighttime baseball game. 
Clifford's Sports Day
by Norman Bridwell
Clifford's enthusiasm knows no limits when Emily Elizabeth takes her big red dog to Sports Day. 
Family Huddle
by Archie Manning
During a trip to visit both sets of grandparents in Mississippi, brothers Eli, Cooper, and Peyton, and their father, former NFL star Archie Manning, take advantage of every opportunity to play football, practice plays, or play sports trivia games. 
Froggy Plays Soccer
by Jonathan London
Froggy is ready for the big soccer game--his team is playing the Wild Things for the City Cup. All Froggy has to do is remember not to use his hands. But Froggy is busy doing cartwheels and picking daisies. 
Gymnastics
by Holly Karapetkova
Young readers will learn about gymnastics through simple sentences and highly supportive pictures. Look for other titles in the "Sports for Sprouts" series. 
Hello, Bearcat!
by Mick Cronin
Follow Bearcat around the UC campus as he makes his way to Fifth Third Arena for a Bearcats basketball game. 
Just a Baseball Game
by Gina Mayer
Little Critter is on his first Little League team, and he can’t wait to play! But when it’s time for the first game to begin, the Critterville Critters see who they’re up against–the Dinosaurs! They’re big, and they know how to hit the ball. Find out who’s the pro at sportsmanship! 
Let's Play Sports!
by Alison Inches
It's Sports Day, and everyone is outside playing their favorite sports: basketball, sailing, football, soccer, and more! But Dora needs your help. Lift the flaps to help her discover which sport Boots wants to play! 
Luke Goes to Bat
by Rachel Isadora
Luke is not very good at baseball, but his grandmother and sports star Jackie Robinson encourage him to keep trying. 
Morgan Plays Soccer
by Anne Rockwell
Morgan Brownbear has trouble playing soccer until his coach, Mr. Monkey, finds the perfect position for him. 
Pigs on the Ball: Fun with Math and Sports
by Amy Axelrod
The Pig family visits a miniature golf course and learns about shapes, angles, and geometry. 
Ready, Set, Swim!
by Gail Donovan
Rainbow Fish and his friends hold their own sports day, but soon Spike becomes a whining sore loser while Puffer becomes a boasting poor winner. Suddenly no one is having fun. It's up to Rainbow Fish and Dyna to set a good example and help everyone understand what it means to be a good sport and the importance of team spirit. 
Sergio Saves the Game
by Edel Rodriguez
Although Sergio the penguin loves to play soccer, he is very clumsy and uncoordinated and he practices day and night, hoping he can help his team win the big game against the Seagulls. 
Soccer Beat
by Sandra Gilbert Brug
The Rockets and Cheetahs, two spunky multi-animal teams, square off in this high energy, fast-paced game of soccer. Who will win this soccer meet? 
SpongeBob's Slap Shot
by David Lewman
SpongeBob takes to the ice in this action-packed hockey story. Spotted by a scout as he expertly sweeps up the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is drafted onto a pro-hockey team. 
The Tortoise or the Hare
by Toni Morrison
An updated twist to the old race between the tortoise and hare! 
What Am I Playing?
by N/A
Illustrations accompany words describing different sports and games. 
The Worst Best Friend
by Alexis O'Neill
When a new boy named Victor arrives at school, Conrad temporarily forgets about his best friend Mike, but when Victor's desire to win makes him not want Conrad on his team, Mike and Conrad discover that they are still best friends after all. 

Young Readers

Ballet Dancing
by Kathryn Clay
Ballet dance is smooth and graceful. Read along as ballet dancers pli and turn to the music. 
Brian's Big Break
by Tisha Hamilton
After Brian injures his wrist playing baseball, he is worried that he will be unable to be a great sports star. 
Cori Plays Football
by Christine Florie
Cori wants to join the football team, and she scores a touchdown at tryouts. 
Cork & Fuzz: Good Sports
by Dori Chaconas
Cork is a short muskrat who likes to win at games. Fuzz is a tall possum who also likes to win at games. Two best friends. Both like to win. What will happen when they play games against each other? 
Dunk Skunk
by Michael Rex
Sport actions rhyme with the names of animals who love to play, such as Goal Mole, Dunk Skunk, and Hurdle Turtle. 
Football
by Cynthia Amoroso
A very simple introduction to the sport of football and how it is played. Look for other titles in the "Jump into Sports" series. 
Good Luck Charlie
by Jennifer E. Kramer
Charlie tries to use lucky charms to win a baseball game, but all he really needs is his lucky pitching arm. 
Hooray for the Dandelion Warriors!
by Bill Cosby
When Little Bill and his friends join the baseball team, they learn how to have fun, how to win, how to lose, how to cooperate, and how to compromise. 
I Can Ski!
by Melanie Davis Jones
A boy goes to ski school and learns to ski. 
The Kickball Game
by Joseph P. Anderson
During a game of kickball, Danny thinks he has made a horrible mistake, but Jenny shows him the humorous side of what he did. 
Play Ball
by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter tries his hand at a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, and soccer, while his dog Blue does his best to keep up. 
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia, who knows very little about baseball, stands in for a sick player during a game. 
Race Team
by Dennis R. Shealy
Red-hot race car Lightning McQueen and his faithful trailer, Mack, are back on the road—and headed to another big race! 
Slower Than a Slug
by Larry Dane Brimner
A boy and his little sister argue in rhyme over who is faster, in this story told using opposites. 
Sports! Sports! Sports!: A Poetry Collection
by N/A
A collection of poems celebrating the joy and anguish of baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, skating, swimming, and running races. 
Try Your Best
by Robert L. McKissack
Ann doesn't think she is very good at sports. Will she have any fun at her school's Sports Day? There's only one way to find out--she'll have to try her best! 

Middle Readers

The Accidental Cheerleader
by Mimi McCoy
Sophie and her best friend, Kylie, are the perfect team. But when Kylie signs them both up for cheerleading tryouts, it's Sophie who lands in the spotlight -- and Kylie ends up on the sidelines. 
Alice the Tennis Fairy
by Daisy Meadows
While everyone in Fairyland is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics, Jack Frost's goblins steal the Sports Fairies' magic objects, and Rachel and Kristy must snag Alice's magic racquet, the goblins are going to win --- game, set, and match! 
Basketball Bats
by Betty Hicks
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about working as a team. 
Bravo, Mia!
by Laurence Yep
Mia's chances of skating in regionals are threatened by a family crisis, but she determines to face the possibility that she won't get to compete with determination and grace. 
Cheerleading Really Is a Sport
by Julie Gassman
Alicia's brother Danny and his friends are always putting down cheerleading, but she is determined to change their minds. 
The Cincinnati Reds
by Mark Stewart
Presents the history, accomplishments and key personalities of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Includes timelines, quotes, maps, glossary and website. 
Game Day
by Tiki Barber
Twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber share a story of perseverance and teamwork from when they were growing up and playing for the Cave Springs Vikings before they became NFL superstars. 
Goal!
by Mina Javaherbin
In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble. 
Good Luck, Ivy
by Lisa Yee
In 1976, Ivy must choose between participating in a gymnastics tournament and attending a family reunion. 
Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More
by Jack Prelutsky
Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice. 
Hot Hand: A Comeback Kids Novel
by Mike Lupica
In the wake of his parents' separation, ten-year-old Billy seems to have continual conflicts with his father, who is also his basketball coach, but his quiet, younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is having even more trouble adjusting, and only Billy seems to notice. 
A Is for Amazing Moments: A Sports Alphabet
by Brad Herzog
Following the alphabet from A to Z, amazing and memorable sports moments are introduced with two-tier writing--poems and detailed side-bar text. 
The Kids' Guide to Classic Games
by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
Are you and your friends bored out of your minds? Have no fear, The Kids' Guide to Classic Games is here. From ping-pong soccer to ultimate disc toss, this book is sure to keep the summer fun for all! 
Moon Runner
by Carolyn Marsden
When Mina discovers that she can run faster than her athlete friend, Ruth, she thinks she must choose between running and friendship. 
Players in Pigtails
by Shana Corey
Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II. 
Porkopolis
by Loren Long
In the late 1800s, a baseball with strange powers belonging to their late father works wonders for three children and a travelling baseball team which must raise $10,000. 
Score!: 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire
by Charles Ghigna
Fifty energizing poems for children, parents, teachers, and coaches filled with fun metaphors and reassuring rhymes. 
Slumpbuster
by Kevin Markey
Eleven-year-old slugger Banjo "The Great Walloper" Bishbash is overcome by a nasty hitting slump as he tries to lead the Rambletown Rounders to the division baseball championship. (Super Sluggers, Book 1) 
Sports Camp
by Rich Wallace
Eleven-year-old Riley Liston tries to fit in at Camp Olympia, a summer sports camp where he is one of the youngest boys. 
The Story of the Cincinnati Bengals
by Sara Gilbert
The history of the Cincinnati Bengals professional football team from its first season in 1968 to today, spotlighting the team's greatest players and most dramatic moments. 
Three Cheers For-- Who?
by Nancy Krulik
When Katie's interest in cheerleading and Suzanne's jealousy threaten to cause a full-fledged spirit war to break out in class 4A, the magic wind switches Katie into the body of a real cheerleader, at the top of a pyramid. 
Top of the Order
by John Coy
Ten-year-old Jackson lives for baseball, but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother's latest boyfriend, and the presence of a girl--his good friend's sister--on his team. 

Older Readers

15 Minutes
by Steve Young
Seventh-grader Casey Little is always late until he discovers a magic watch that takes him back in time, a trick he uses both on and off the football field. 
The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time
by Len Berman
Who are the greatest baseball players of all time? Are there any Cincinnati Reds on the list? Short bios and wonderful pictures highlight each player's accomplishments. 
Basketball (or Something like It)
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel deal with the realities of middle school basketball, including family pressure, a series of coaches with very different personalities and agendas, and what it means to be a team--and a friend. 
Breakaway
by Andrea Montalbano
When seventh-grade soccer star LJ befriends Tabitha, who could not be more different from her, LJ learns to curb her competitive nature, which has been slowly alienating her friends. 
The Desperado Who Stole Baseball
by John H. Ritter
In 1881, the scrappy, rough-and-tumble baseball team in a California mining town enlists the help of a quick-witted twelve-year-old orphan and the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid to win a big game against the National League Champion Chicago White Stockings. 
Football Genius
by Tim Green
Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players. (Football Genius, Book 1) 
Football Hero
by Tim Green
When twelve-year-old Ty's brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the Mafia. 
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
by Mick Cochrane
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, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well. 
The Million Dollar Goal
by Dan Gutman
Brother and sister twins, Dawn and Dusk, love hockey. Unfortunately, their dad hates the game, and their grandmother thinks they ought to be doing their homework. But, when their dad gets free tickets to a Canadiens game, he takes the whole family. The lucky fan who will get a chance to take a shot on goal for one million dollars will be chosen at the end of the game. Will Dawn or Dusk be the lucky one? 
Slam Dunk!
by Sharon Robinson
At Harlem's Langston Hughes Middle School, eleven-year-old Elijah "Jumper" Breeze and his friends compete against Nia and her girlfriends on the basketball court, in a video dance tournament, and for a Student Council seat, and, meanwhile, several of the students face issues with their fathers. 
Soccer Chick Rules
by Dawn Fitzgerald
While trying to focus on a winning soccer season, thirteen-year-old Tess becomes involved in local politics when she learns that all sports programs at her school will be stopped unless a tax levy is passed. 
Summer Ball
by Mike Lupica
Thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp. 
This is just a sample of some of the great books in our collection. Ask a librarian for more suggestions!
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