Books for Kids
THE WILDEST RACE EVER: THE STORY OF THE 1904 OLYMPIC MARATHON, by Meghan McCarthy
The Wildest Race Ever is an intriguing story about the third Olympic marathon that took place in St. Louis, Missouri. With a wily cast of characters, this narrative nonfiction book reads like a whodunit detective mystery. Be sure to check out McCarthy's other nonfiction books for children. She is a witty writer and creative illustrator with a knack for making history and facts interesting and fun. AGES 4-8
THE KICKS: SETTLE THE SCORE, by Alex Morgan
This book series follows middle-schooler Devin after she moves from Connecticut to California and starts playing for her new school soccer team, the Kicks. In the sixth book, Settle the Score, Devin and her winter league team prepare for a big competition, causing a rift between players on her school team. She has to decide what is more important: winning or friendship? Written by World Cup soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan, these books genuinely depict tween issues surrounding school, friends and sports. With likable characters and empowering storylines, girls will love this series. AGES 8-12
WHAT ARE THE SUMMER OLYMPICS? by Gail Herman
Penguin's Who Was?, What Was? and Where Is? historical and biographical books are affectionately known as "The Big Head" books, thanks to the cartoony cover illustrations. Kids love these books and read them voraciously. This title begins with a chapter on the ancient games and follows with chapters about each decade, starting from the modern games in 1896. Both the website whowasbookseries.com and the Who Was? Adventure app pair nicely with the books if your child is a trivia lover. AGES 8-12
BOOKED, by Kwame Alexander
Soccer is life for 12-year-old Nick. Overall he's a typical middle-school boy struggling to juggle school, sports, friends and (maybe) a girl while parental expectations and divorce are creating stress at home. This novel in verse immediately pulls readers in with a rap-like rhythm and structure and its many references and name checks. A truly modern vision is why Kwame Alexander's previous verse novel, The Crossover, won the 2015 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award Honor. AGES 10 - TEEN
-Christy Meister, Information Services Specialist, Whitehall Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
This summer, beginning Aug. 5, countries of the world will come together for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Olympic Charter states, "The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth people through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values."
The official website of the Olympic Games provides a wealth of current and historical information. Did you know the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years was an American?
Menus are provided for individual games, sports, athletes and countries, and the site can be used for research or to keep up with the games in-the-moment. Both the full and mobile sites are easy to maneuver, but text readability is middle- to high-school level so elementary-age students likely will need adult assistance.