Best Sports & Outdoors Books for 10 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 sports & outdoors books for 10 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who Basketball

by: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Release date: May 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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From the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids comes The Big Book of Who: Basketball, a 128-page collection of basketball’s brightest stars, past and present. Profiles, facts and stats will bring the best players in pro basketball history to life with all of the classic touches that Sports Illustrated Kids is famous for–terrific, age-appropriate writing and exciting sports photography. Court greats from Lebron James to Michael Jordan, Candace Parker to Allen Iverson, Shaq to Magic Johnson, will be profiled. Written in a fun question and answer format, kids will be able to stump their friends.

The Big Book of Who: Basketball is a book young sports fans will return to again and again as a lively, exciting resource.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

2. Freddy Goes Camping (Freddy the Pig)

by: Walter R. BrooksKurt Wiese
Release date: Oct 29, 2001
Number of Pages: 258
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In Freddy Goes Camping, Mr. Camphor’s aunts, Minerva and Elmira, were staying with him, much to his disgust.

“There’s two kinds of aunts,” he said. “There’s the regular kind, and then there’s the other kind. Mine are the other kind.” He enlists Freddy’s aid in an attempt to rid his house of the ladies, with the result that Freddy and his chums become entangled with some extremely unfriendly ghosts in an abandoned summer hotel. Freddy camps out, goes canoeing, and tosses flapjacks like a pro when he’s not mixing it up with the eerie Mr. Eha.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

3. Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream

by: Crystal HubbardRandy Duburke
Release date: Jun 30, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Now in paperback, the true story of Marcenia Lyle, an African American girl who grew up to become “Toni Stone,” the first woman to play for a professional baseball team

One day in the 1930s, Marcenia and the boys she plays ball with learn that Gabby Street, a famous baseball manager, is scouting children for a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals. Eager to earn a spot, Marcenia plays her best, but is discouraged when Mr. Street tells her there are no girls in his camp. Convinced that baseball is her destiny, Marcenia won’t give up, ultimately proving her skill and passion to Mr. Street and her dubious parents.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

4. Adventures with Waffles

by: Maria ParrKate ForresterGuy Puzey
Release date: May 12, 2015
Number of Pages: 240
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Lena is Trille’s best friend, even if she is a girl. And there is never an ordinary day when you’ve got a best friend like Lena.

Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it’s coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill—and sometimes an injury—to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. The warmth of friendship and the support of family suffuse this lightly illustrated novel, proving that when times are tough, a little taste of sweetness can make all the difference.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational

5. Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (Totally True Adventures): How the Red Sox Curse Became a Legend . . . (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: David A. KellyTim Jessell
Release date: Apr 14, 2010
Number of Pages: 114
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Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn’t win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth’s curse and win it all?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Children’s Books > History

6. DK Reader Level 3 WWE: Kofi Kingston (DK READERS)

by: BradyGames
Release date: May 02, 2011
Number of Pages: 48
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Learn all about WWE Superstar, Kofi Kingston. Kofi Kingston is one of WWE’s most popular Superstars. Discover the ins and outs of his rise to prominence, his biggest rivalries and alliances, his finishing moves, nicknames, signature taunts, and managers!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

7. The Middles School Rules of Skylar Diggins (Middle School Rules)

by: Sean Jensen
Release date: Jul 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 176
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Skylar Diggins is a basketball phenomenon, receiving her first letter of interest from a respected college coach when she was in fifth grade. She is an icon: signing as the first female client of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, serving as the face of Nike’s Women’s Basketball Collection, and establishing herself as a must-follow on social media platforms such as Instagram (931,000 followers) and Twitter (604,000 followers).

The Middle School Rules of Skylar Diggins features Skylar’s defining childhood stories and lessons about growing up in a diverse middle-class family. Young readers will learn how Skylar dealt with bullying, struggled to fit in at school, and figured out how to excel in basketball despite never being the tallest, strongest, or fastest player.

Skylar shares personal anecdotes that helped her become the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year and one of the most decorated collegiate basketball players. “She was the most important recruit in the history of our program,” Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach, Muffet McGraw, says. “Skylar was in our own backyard, and we couldn’t let her get away.” Skylar Diggins did not disappoint.

A four-time All-American, Skylar finished her career at Notre Dame owning or co-owning 32 game, season, or school records, and earned the distinction as one of just six NCAA Division 1 players to compile 2,000 points, 500 rebounds,
500 assists, and 300 steals in a career. In the WNBA, Skylar, is starting guard for the Dallas Wings, a two-time All Star Starter, WNBA’s 2014 Most Improved Player and Named to WNBA’s 2014 First Team.

Off the court, she oversees Skylar’s Scholars, a program that highlights the academic achievement of youth who have overcome challenges or achieved goals, and she serves on the board of directors for the GenYouth Foundation. Aside from sports mediums like ESPN and Sports Illustrated, Skylar has also been featured in Vogue and Self, and has been on MTV. 

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Children’s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels

8. The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (On My Own History (Paperback))

by: Jean L. S. Patrick
Release date: Jan 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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Introduce young readers to history through the stories of both real and fictionalized people. By focusing on a single important episode that describes a historical event, these books engage readers’ interests and imaginations. Written in a story format, each account relates events that really happened, often followed by a brief summary of the historical event to further explain the significance it had on history.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

9. Things Change

by: Troy Aikman
Release date: Mar 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 40
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In his first book for children, Troy Aikman explains how to use change to your advantage and view temporary setbacks as an opportunity to grow in new and better ways.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

10. Crosshairs

by: RP Vogt
Release date: Dec 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 130
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When Booker T. Riggs catches his cousin stealing at deer hunting camp in rural Missouri, he is drawn into the world of a notorious delinquent, Derko Slim. The more Booker tries to protect his family’s name, the more determined Derko becomes to force Booker to respect his reign of violence and crime. With his Aunt Loretta nosing into his business, Booker realizes that appeasing Derko will only create more problems. Booker decides he must face the problem himself, risking his own safety to confront Derko about his threats and attempt to recover the antique civil war-era revolver his cousin stole as payback to Derko. Concluding at deer hunting camp a year later, Booker comes to see how his relationships with his father, with his family, and with himself have transformed through the choices he made during the scariest ordeal of his life.
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11. Doonsey’s Beach Adventure: the Great Rescue (Doonsey’s Adventures Book 1)

by: Rhonda PagliaRhonda Paglia
Release date: Apr 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 54
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Doonsey is a happy, friendly little crab who lives on the ocean floor. He LOVES to explore!! Today is an Exploring Day! Doonsey is so excited! Where will he go? What will he do? What will he see? Doonsey decides to explore the beach, but little does he know, that his calm, peaceful “Exploring Day” will suddenly become a very busy “Great Rescue Day!” In book #1 – our little Doonsey becomes a hero, and makes some very unusual, but very special new friends.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

12. Allen Iverson (NBA) (Basketball Legends)

by: Sandra StotksyCharles E. Schmidt
Release date: Sep 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 64
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Iverson was named Rookie of the Year for his stellar 1996-1997 season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

13. Brooks Robinson (Baseball Legends)

by: Rick WolffJim Murray
Release date: Dec 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 64
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A biography of the Oriole third baseman whose lifetime fielding average is tops among third basemen in major league history.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Historical

14. The Camp-out Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 27)

by: Gertrude C. WarnerCharles Tang
Release date: Mar 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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The Boxcar Children go camping with their grandfather and end up investigating who’s behind the missing food and loud music that’s scaring campers away.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

15. One Letter at a Time

by: Dick and Rick Hoyt with Todd Civin
Release date: Nov 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 284
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One Letter at a Time is the inspirational story of Rick Hoyt told from his perspective and those he’s inspired. Though born a non-verbal spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Rick worked diligently with co-author, Todd Civin, to share stories from his incredible life using his one letter at a time method of speaking. Hoyt, together with his equally inspirational father, Dick Hoyt, has competed in nearly 1100 athletic events including thirty Boston Marathons.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

16. The Wild Side: Extreme Sports: Critical Reading Skills

by: Henry &amp Melissa Billings
Release date: Feb 12, 2001
Number of Pages: 250
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Reading Level 4-6 and Interest Level 6-12
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing

17. The Jacks Book & The Jacks (Classic Games)

by: Sally Chabert
Release date: May 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 176
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Hot on the heels of the red-hot The Yo-Yo Book & The Yo-Yo comes The Jacks Book & The Jacks. Packaged with all the equipment a kid needs – 14 metal jacks, a red rubber ball, and a cloth pouch to carry and store them in – it’s the fourth title in the series that celebrates great American childhood games.

And whether it’s called Jacks or Huripapa, Cincos Marias, Maakgep, Abhadho, Iguni, or Zhua San, it just may be one of the oldest and most universal games ever. Archaeologists believe Cro-Magnon ancestors originally played a version of Jacks to hone the hand-eye coordination necessary for hunting and fighting. Ancient Greek and Roman kids played knucklebones, a direct predecessor of modern Jacks. Over the years, the jacks in Jacks have been pebbles, bones, seeds, little bags of rice, and, of course, the metal and plastic jacks we know today.

Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, The Jacks Book moves from basic rules, fundamentals, and do’s and don’ts to the classic American games – Eggs in the Basket, Pigs in the Pen, Jacks on the Rooftop, Five Finger, Challenge, and more. There are variations: “weird” Jacks; instructions for making international jacks (such as the bags of rice used in Singapore); Jacks songs and trivia; eight other activities to do with jacks; and a knucklebones recipe. Jacks is play-it-anywhere, play-it-anytime fun. Just follow the bouncing ball.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

18. DK Reader Level 2 WWE: Hornswoggle (DK READERS)

by: BradyGames
Release date: Jun 20, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Learn all about WWE Superstar, Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle is one of WWE’s most popular Superstars. Discover the ins and outs of his rise to prominence, his biggest rivalries and alliances, his finishing moves, nicknames, signature taunts, and managers!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

19. Great Things to Do Outside

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Feb 17, 2014
Number of Pages: 192
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Get kids away from the TV, unplug, and step into the great outdoors with Great Things to Do Outside.

Consisting of practical projects to do outside ranging from simple observation activities like bird watching, hunting for fossils, observing air power, and forecasting the weather, to more ambitious projects like making your own wrapping paper, growing crystals, raising caterpillars, and even building a dam, every activity uses readily available materials such as paper, pens, sand, and soil, and includes step-by-step photographic instructions. The flexi-bound format makes it easy to pack for weekend getaways, camping trips, or to carry along on nature walks and hikes, and there are projects in the book appropriate for any type of weather or climate.

Specifically designed to be user friendly for children ages 5 and up, Great Things to Do Outside will open their eyes to the nature on their doorstep and allow them to engage with it.

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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Camping

20. Monster Jam: The Amazing Guide

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Sep 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 48
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Churning the dirt on massive tires and rattling the air with gigantic engines, monster trucks are the BIGGEST, BADDEST, LOUDEST machines in motor sports! Read the inside story of the top trucks and drivers from Monster Jam events. Discover what it takes to design and build a vehicle as big as an elephant. Learn what it feels like to drive a high-flying, car-crushing monster truck!
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts > Television & Radio

21. Always Dream (Positively for Kids)

by: Yamaguchi Kristi
Release date: Apr 28, 1998
Number of Pages: 40
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In Always Dream, her first book for children, Kristi Yamaguchi reveals how her determination, ambition, and love of skating keeps her going, even in the midst of obstacles and tragedy. Fans of all ages will be inspired by Yamaguchi’s remarkable story, which is best embodied by her trademark phrase, “Always dream.”
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

22. Bryce Harper (Amazing Athletes) (Amazing Athletes (Hardcover))

by: Jon M. Fishman
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Bryce Harper always wanted to play Major League Baseball (MLB). He left high school after his sophomore year to chase his dream. The move paid off when he was chosen by the Washington Nationals as the first pick in the 2010 MLB draft. In 2013, Bryce became the youngest position player in National League (NL) history to start in an All-Star Game. Bryce’s swing has been compared to Babe Ruth’s, so the sky is the limit for his future. Learn more about his remarkable journey.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

23. Calvin Coconut: Man Trip

by: Graham SalisburyJacqueline Rogers
Release date: Mar 13, 2012
Number of Pages: 144
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Calvin and his Mom’s boyfriend, Ledward, are good friends. When Ledward wins plane tickets, he invites Calvin to go on a man trip—they’ll fly to Hawaii, the Big Island, for a day, and go deep-sea fishing. Wow! Calvin’s never been on a plane, or any boat but his skiff. What a day—Calvin catches his first big fish, an ono. But that’s nothing compared to what happens when Ledward hooks a huge, and very angry marlin that charges the boat!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

24. Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum: Campfire Stories and Adirondack Adventures

by: Philip Delves Broughton
Release date: May 17, 2016
Number of Pages: 275
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In the tradition of The Dangerous Book for Boys, a visually dazzling compendium of practical knowledge, fascinating trivia, and worldly wisdom for young boys—designed as a charming and informal full-color family scrapbook treasured by generations of one family at their Adirondack summer camp.

On a late summer afternoon, while rustling around in his family’s Adirondack cabin, a boy named Charlie Whistler finds a dusty cloth-bound scrapbook. It is the Omnium Gatherum, a colorful, illustrated grab bag of stories, arcana, and much more, faithfully collected over generations by Charlie’s father, grandfather, and generations of Whistlers before them.

Its pages hold a universe of age-old wisdom, from the simple—how to tie a slipknot—to the esoteric—how to find your way in the forest, or predict the tides—to the exotic—how to understand simple phrases in dozens of languages.

Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum is a delightful, ceaselessly readable, and unique gift book for boys of all ages: a nostalgic evocation of American childhood, a keepsake for modern fathers to hand down to their sons, and an irresistible, page-turning read for everyone who loves to lose themselves in the world of imagination.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference

25. DK Readers: Boys’ Life Series: Let’s Go Fishing

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Jun 30, 2008
Number of Pages: 48
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Boys’ Life is the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America and is published 12 times a year with 5.8 million readers an issue. An important initiative for Boys’ Life and the Boy Scouts of America is Reading Partners, a literacy program that pairs poor readers with a better reader as a mentor. Open to everyone, not just Scouts, Reading Partners focuses on children from preschool to third grade. Boys’ Life Readers cover boys’ favorite topics in the visual, informative style of DK Readers.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

26. Great Goalies (Hockey Hall of Fame Kids)

by: Eric ZweigGeorge Todorovic
Release date: Sep 11, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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The coolest book on the greatest masked men in hockey history!

Hockey Hall of Fame Great Goalies features 34 Hall of Famers and 8 of today’s greatest netminders — and all of them can shut the door!

These great goalies come alive through excellent color photographs, fun illustrations, Hockey Hall of Fame artifacts and great information on the best goalies in the history of the game.

Some of the goalies featured are:

  • Jacques Plante
  • Dominik Hasek
  • Terry Sawchuk
  • Martin Brodeur
  • Patrick Roy
  • Glenn Hall
  • Vladislav Tretiak
  • Ed Belfour
  • Johnny Bower
  • Ken Dryden
  • Carey Price.

This new series is for young hockey fans. Punchy color and lively text promise hours of reading and sharing with hockey-crazy friends.

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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Hockey

27. Team of the Century: The Greatest High School Football Team in Texas

by: Al Pickett
Release date: Jul 28, 2004
Number of Pages: 192
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Fifty years ago Abilene High School, under legendary Coach Chuck Moser, became a football dynasty in Texas.

Moser moved to Abilene in 1953 at age thirty-four. What followed were seven of the most amazing years in the rich history of Texas high school football. The 1954, 1955, and 1956 teams won state championships. From 1954 to 1957 the Eagles won an incredible forty-nine consecutive games. Abilene captured six district titles in a row in a rugged West Texas league known as the Little Southwest Conference. In Moser’s seven years, Abilene won seventy-eight games and lost only seven.

In its 1999 wrap-up of the twentieth century in Texas, The Dallas Morning News designated the Eagles of 1954–57 as the “Team of the Century” in high school football.

Veteran sports writer Al Pickett explores how Moser worked his magic to galvanize an entire community in support of his program and turn an otherwise ordinary group of high school kids into the best football team in Texas history.

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28. Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids

by: Rob Colson
Release date: Jul 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 96
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The first three chapters in this book–Animal Dangers, Natural Dangers, and Human Hazards–describe what to do in a total of 24 specific emergencies. The fourth chapter, Basic Survival Skills, has 14 important tips on emergency preparedness and survival skills.

Each crisis is summarized on a double-page spread with 1-2-3 what-to-do checklists, “Fast Facts”, “Life Savers”, “Did You Know”, and “If You” sidebars, and margin notes. The book’s eye-catching design features brilliant full-bleed color and dynamic action photographs.

The life-threatening scenarios include:

Animal Dangers

  • What to do if you are bitten by a snake
  • How to escape from a bear
  • What to do if you are chased by bees

Natural Dangers

  • How to survive a hurricane
  • How to avoid being struck by lightning
  • What to do if you are caught in a food

Human Hazards

  • How to escape from water in a car
  • How to escape from a burning building
  • How to avoid being crushed in a crowd

The Survival Skills include:

  • Planning a trip
  • Using a penknife
  • Finding food
  • Making a shelter
  • Making a fire
  • Tying knots.

Children like to feel in control. Knowing what to do in the case of an emergency increases the chance of survival and it also reduces fear. Even if readers never venture beyond the front door, they will enjoy Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

29. Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games: Classic Fun for Daring Boys and Girls

by: Scott Strother
Release date: Aug 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 306
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A World of Adventure Outside Your Door!

Hidden deep within the most secret of secret chambers was a magical book filled with daring and adventurous games for boys and girls. For years, many feared this book had been lost… until now.

The Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games contains a treasure trove of the best neighborhood games invented by children since the beginning of time. This book is your passkey to a world of secret missions, last-minute victories, and thrilling chases.

More than 100 Great Games Including:

  • BOMBARDMENT
  • CAPTURE THE FLAG
  • FREE FOR ALL DODGEBALL
  • BRITISH BULLDOG
  • WALL BALL
  • INFILTRATION
  • TIGER AND LEOPARD
  • GHOST IN THE GRAVEYARD
  • 500
  • MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE
  • POISON CIRCLE
  • ARMY-NAVY
  • TREASURE HUNT
  • SOCCER GOLF
  • UNTANGLE
  • And More!!
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

30. J. J. Watt (Amazing Athletes) (Amazing Athletes (Hardcover))

by: Jon M. Fishman
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is one of the biggest players in the National Football League (NFL). But he wasn’t always on track for stardom. J.J. started his college career playing tight end at Central Michigan University. A career in the pros seemed out of reach. But after a transfer to the University of Wisconsin and a switch to the defensive line, J.J.’s hard-hitting talents began to shine. In 2012, J.J. led the NFL in sacks and cemented himself as one of the league’s most-feared players. Learn how J.J. beat the odds and rose to fame.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

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