Super Sports Books

January 31st, 2010 by

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we figured we should stock up on some sports books in addition to the snack food and soda. And no, these aren’t all about football. Actually, these picks cover a range of athletics, from hockey to wrestling to synchronized swimming! (Yeah, you heard us — synchronized swimming!)

Consider these the MVPs of the sports book world (not necessarily in medal order):


  1. Out Standing In My Field by Patrick Jennings (Karen’s pick)
  2. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
  4. Baseball Card Adventures series by Dan Gutman
  5. There’s a Girl in my Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli
  6. Football Hero by Tim Green
  7. Summerland by Michael Chabon
  8. The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher
  9. The Melting of Maggie Bean by Tricia Rayburn
  10. The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter
  11. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
  12. My Thirteenth Season by Kristi Roberts
  13. Surfer Dog by Elizabeth Spurr
  14. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
  15. Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  16. Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  17. Skinnybones by Barbara Park


  1. Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics written by Sue Macy, photos by Peggy Fleming
  2. How Hockey Works by Keltie Thomas
  3. The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers
  4. Nascar (DK Eyewitness Books) by James Buckley
  5. The Greatest Moments in Sports by Len Berman
  6. Sports Illustrated Kids Year In Sports 2009

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite sports book!

UPDATE 2/9/10: We revealed the answer to our Sports Mystery Book Theater in the “We Are THE CHAMPIONS!” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear about Karen’s ridiculous sports injury.

Looking for a Home Run? Read Heat!

November 12th, 2009 by

Heat by Mike Lupica

Heat by Mike Lupica

The season may be over, but if you’re a baseball fan, you don’t have to wait until spring training to get your fix. Kidsmomo to the rescue! Just check out Heat, written by famous sports columnist Mike Lupica.

The book is about 12-year-old Michael Arroyo, who has an amazing arm and dreams of making it to the major leagues. And he’s already on his way as the star player for his little league team.

But then a rival team’s coach accuses him of being too old for the league. No problem, right? Michael can just show everyone his birth certificate, can’t he? Actually, no. Because his birth certificate is stuck in Cuba, and Michael is an orphan living with just his older brother — even though it’s against the law, it’s just the two of them fending for themselves. And no one can know, or else they’ll be sent to foster care, or worse, back to Cuba.

Oh, and did I mention that Michael has girl trouble too? (Of course he does.)

PLUS, with the recent World Series match-up, the timing couldn’t be better to pick up this book — it takes place in the Bronx, and Michael’s goal is to pitch in the Little League World Series at Yankee Stadium! So if you’re a Yankees fan, then you can continue your celebrations, and if you’re a Yankees hater, then you can get worked up all over again. Either way, you’ll at least root for Michael.

Don’t believe me? Read an action-packed excerpt from the book for yourself, or check out these book trailers made by Heat fans:

This one was created by J.C. at Dowdell Middle Magnet School — minor spoiler warning!


And this one deserves a MAJOR SPOILER WARNING… but it definitely gives you a sense of what the book’s about! Also, no sound for some reason. But still awesome!

Of course, if you’ve read Heat already, add your voice to the mix! You don’t have to make your own video (dude, we’re not slave drivers here); just leave a comment with your opinion on the book.

— Karen

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