Children's Fiction about Playing

Sports Fiction

Sports Book List (Ferguson Online, Stamford Public Library, CT): Author, title, one-line summary of sports books for beginning readers, grades 3-4, and grades 5+. Over 50 titles in all.

Youth Sports Stories (Novi Public Library, MI): Author, title, grade level (from grades K-8), summary for about 30 books, from David Adler's Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball to Lauren Wohl's Christopher Davis' Best Year Yet.

Chapter Book Sports Stories (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author, title, and summary for about 30 books of sports fiction. Compiled May 1999.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Playing Sports (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary (no grade levels) for over 45 children's books about sports, from Bad Boy by Diana Wieler (hockey) to Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear by Lensey Namioka (baseball).

Join the Winner's Circle: Sports Books for Kndergarten Through Third Grade (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, publication year, and summary for more than 30 sports books for primary grade readers in two lists, Kindergarten-Grade 2 and Grade 2-Grade 3.

Sportacular Reading!: Sports Books for Grades Four through Eight (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 30 sports books for older readers, in two lists, Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8.

Sports Stories (Lake Oswego Public Library, OR): No summaries, just author and title, but useful because organised by sport: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Bicylcing, Boxing, Drag Racing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Ice Skating, Skateboarding, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling. Over 100 books.

Gimme Five: Sports Fiction (Irving Public Library, TX): Title and author of sports fiction for kids, for these categories: Baseball (11 books); Basketball (7); Football (6); Soccer (8); Water Sports (5); Other Sports (9). No summaries or reading levels.

Sports and Adventure for grades 4-8 (Reading Is Fundamental): Title, author, publication year, grade level, one-line summary for each of 7 books, from Crash by Jerry Spinelli to The Wonder Worm Wars by Margie Palatini.

Batter Up One (Madison Public Library, WI): Authors and titles of about 30 baseball books for preschool and primary grades, by type: Picture Books, Beginning Readers, Chapter Books, and Nonfiction. Followed by Batter Up Two, baseball books for older readers (author and title only), with about 15 fiction titles and a dozen nonfiction.

Books on Baseball (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary for 8 fiction books about baseball.

Gone Fishin' (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, and publication year for about 30 books about fishing for primary grade readers, by type of book: Picture Books, Beginning Readers, Chapter Books, and Nonfiction.


Toys and Games in Children's Fiction

The Secret Lives of Toys (Penticton Public Library, British Columbia): Provides author, title, summary for 14 books about toys, from The Bear Nobody Wanted by Allan Ahlberg to The Adventures of Pinnocchio by Stephanie Spinner.

Raggedy Ann and Andy (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary for 7 books about this stuffed duo.