Top 10 Books for Children Who Love Sports

Test

The key to getting children to read is to find a subject they love and offer them a wide selection of books to choose from.

And the good news is that there are plenty of books for children who love sport! 

Whether they're into football, basketball, swimming or roller blading they’ll find fabulous picture books, graphic novels, poetry and reference books to dive into in our list of the best children’s books about sports.

Check out our favourite sports’ books for kids below.

You may also like our list of the best football book for kids here.

Toppsta
2022-05-13
Top 10 Books for Children Who Love Sports
Book pages Placeholder Book

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)

In Big Shot , book 16 of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don't mix.

A fter a disastrous competition at school, Greg decides that he's officially retired from ANY kind of sport! That is, until his mom persuades him to give it one more go and makes Greg reluctantly agree to sign up for basketball.

Tryouts are a MESS, and Greg is sure he won't make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg's hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?

See the Wimpy Kid World in a whole new way with the help of Greg Heffley's best friend in the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal, Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure and Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories!

WHAT'S IN DIARY OF A WIMPY KID ?
50% words, 50% cartoons, 100% hilarious!
Stories that all readers can't wait to get their hands on
Laughter guaranteed!

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Kick

Winner of the Branford Boase Award. Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Kicking Off: Dick, Kerr Girls

The remarkable story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies is brought to young readers for the very first time by award winning and CILIP Carnegie nominated Eve Ainsworth. It's 1917, and Britain is at war. Shy teenager Hettie wants to help the war effort, and signs up to work in the local Dick, Kerr & Co. munitions factory. She's nervous, but she has no idea quite how much her life is about to change ... For, inside this factory are young women who are about to make sporting history. Can Hettie find the courage to join them, and in doing so, find her own place in the world? Based on the thrilling true story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies team - football's forgotten legends.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Ghost

Running. That's all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons -until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medallist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him? READ THE RUN SERIES: Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school running team-a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose and a lot to prove. Not only to each other, but to themselves.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Football School Terrific Teams: 50 True Stories of Football's Greatest Sides

Football School Terrific Teams is part of the bestselling Football School series, which teaches you about the world through football, packed with superstar stories, fun facts and laugh-out-loud illustrations. Perfect for readers 7+ and recommended by the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, the Premier League and parents and teachers.

Discover the incredible true stories behind the most famous clubs in history.

Find out the stories behind the most legendary clubs in football history, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Liverpool. Explore how these teams have overcome failure and tragedy to win leagues and lift trophies and enter the record books. Also discover fascinating facts about more unknown clubs, including the German team with skull and crossbones logo and the most eco-friendly club in the world. Perfect for fans of Football School: Star Players and Football School: Epic Heroes , this collection of fifty true stories is a must-read for any young football fan.

"We love this book series!" Match of the Day Weekly

"Intelligent, inspiring, funny" Head of Education, Premier League


View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Rebound

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL and the CLIPPA 'Hoop kings SOAR in kicks with wings. Game so sweet it's like bee stings.' It's 1988. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out how he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he's packed off to stay with his grandparents for the summer. There his cousin Roxie introduces him to a whole new world: basketball. A legend on the courts is born. But can Charlie resist when trouble comes knocking once again? From the New York Times-bestselling author Kwame Alexander, Rebound is a stunning coming-of-age novel in verse about basketball, family and staying true to yourself. A prequel to The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal, and follow-up to Booked, highly commended for the CLiPPA prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. With comic-book illustrations from award-winning graphic novel artist Dawud Anyabwile.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Daisy and the Trouble with Sports Day

Getting into trouble has never been so much fun! Another brilliantly funny tale all about Daisy's adventures at her school Sports Day, from the best-selling author behind the hilarious OI FROG series.

Here comes trouble!


Daisy is so excited for her school Sports Day!

She and her best friend Gabby are training hard. They're going for gold! They're getting themselves in the zone with a strict athlete's diet of Mars bars, Twiglets and cheese strings!

The trouble is, everyone else in the class wants to win too...

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Kane (Ultimate Football Heroes - Limited International Edition)

Complete your collection with these limited Ultimate Football Heroes International editions - now with a bonus World Cup chapter! When Harry Kane was released by Arsenal at nine years old for being too small, he had to use all his self-belief to prove that he could make it as a footballer. Now a superstar striker for Tottenham Hotspur and England, his hard work and determination have paid off. Kane is the amazing story of how the boy from North London became the Premier League's most lethal goalscorer.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Roller Girl

Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for a summer camp, she's sure Nicole will be right by her side - until Nicole signs up for ballet camp instead, with Astrid's biggest rival. So begins the hardest summer of Astrid's life, as she struggles to stay on her skates, to learn who she is without Nicole . . . and to find out what it takes to be a strong, tough, awesome roller girl.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Coming Up For Air

When Coco moves to the seaside town where her mum grew up, she's excited to make friends and find out more about the family her mum has kept from her. What she doesn't expect is to be met with resentment from the community. Whatever secrets her mum's hiding, they run deep.

But Coco is determined and her love of swimming and natural talent for freediving helps her start to break through with the ocean-loving locals. Until disaster strikes at sea...

As history threatens to repeat itself, will Coco ever be able to undo the age-old rift?

A quirky coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Katy Birchall, GEEK GIRL and SUPER AWKWARD.

View Book COMPARE PRICES

First published

Updated:

Share this read with others...

Tweet Email