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Ten Sports-Themed Books for Young Adults

Getting teens to read isn’t always the easiest task. It can be made a whole lot easier though if your child finds the book’s subject interesting. If you have children who enjoy sports, there is a good chance they will like at least a few of these.

We’ve put together a list of 10 great sports-themed books for your young adult readers based on our recommendations and those of our kids, friends and colleagues.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This is the first book in the Crossover series. It’s a New York Times Best Seller and has won many prestigious literary awards. Basketball is the backdrop for this tender story about the relationship between two brothers and the loss of their father. Young readers might resist the format at first. This book is written entirely in verse. but once they are into it, they won’t be able to put it down.

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotosfky

This is a fabulous collection of inspiring stories about 50 women in sports. It includes the diverse tales of historical figures like Wilma Rudolph, trail blazers like Billy Jean King and modern day idols like Simone Biles. One page biographies tell the story of each athlete’s background and career highlights. Young readers will enjoy the fun facts in the margins and each athlete’s quote. Written by the same author as the New York Times best seller, Women In Science.

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