The Unstoppable Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Football. No one would ever claim that I was a big football fan. But the story of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team is one that I would recommend to anyone and now I know of not one, but two marvelous books on the topic! I first heard of Jim Thorpe when … Continue reading The Unstoppable Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Thank You Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a name that I remember hearing over and over as a child. She changed the face of sports as we know it and helped usher in more respect for female athletes. Granted, Title IX had happened one year prior to her historic match with Bobby Riggs, but she was like the … Continue reading Thank You Billie Jean King

The Track Series and Why Libraries are so Important

I just finished the third book in Jason Reynolds's amazing Track Series and now I am waiting with baited breath for the fourth, and final, book to come out in October. If you haven't already read these books, I highly recommend that you go out and try them. Understandably, I read a lot of middle … Continue reading The Track Series and Why Libraries are so Important

Wild for the World Cup

It is World Cup season and there are many people glued to their televisions to cheer on their team. Football, or soccer as we call it here in the US, is a world-wide phenomenon that has helped bridge divides and that most countries participate in. While it isn't huge where we are living at the … Continue reading Wild for the World Cup

How to Coach Girls – Blog Tour

Welcome to the How to Coach Girls Blog Tour! When I was younger, I enjoyed playing sports. I was on a soccer team, baseball team, and considered being on swim team and also simply loved to play. These were the days when recess time at school was spent playing tether-ball and handball rather than having … Continue reading How to Coach Girls – Blog Tour

Women in Sports

We talk a lot about allowing children to see themselves in the books that they read. That's why Multicultural Children's Book Day was created. There is one area that I don't see a ton of, but that we slowly see building steam - books that portray women participating in athletics. I thought about this concept … Continue reading Women in Sports

Twelve Terribly Active Princesses…a New Take on an Old Tale

Fractured fairy tales are so much fun. They take an old story that you know quite well and change the characters, setting, points of view, or plot. Sometimes a story needs a little bit of modernizing and sometimes you are just getting a completely different spin on the story. One of the newest in this … Continue reading Twelve Terribly Active Princesses…a New Take on an Old Tale

Ready for the Olympics

It's Wednesday and that means the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy. We are pretty darn excited about the Olympics in this house so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight a visually stunning book about sports and the Olympics. This is the first time that both of my … Continue reading Ready for the Olympics

The Wildest Race Ever

With the Summer Olympics coming soon, when I saw a book about the story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon, I had to pick it up. Written by Meghan McCarthy, The Wildest Race Ever tells the story of the third marathon in Olympic history. The 1904 Olympics took place in St. Louis, Missouri. That year, it … Continue reading The Wildest Race Ever

Nadia – The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still

When I was a little girl, I was completely fascinated with Nadia Comaneci. She had captured the world's attention in the 1976 Olympic games and by the time I was 5 or 6 the television movie on her life had made it's debut and I would watch it any chance that I got. I tried … Continue reading Nadia – The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still