Best Sports & Outdoors Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 sports & outdoors books for 11 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. Who Is Wayne Gretzky? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Who Was…?)

by: Gail HermanTed Hammond
Release date: Feb 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 112
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After breaking or tying more than sixty records in hockey, it’s no wonder that Wayne Gretzky is known as “”The Great One.”” Born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961, in a nation obsessed with the sport, he threw himself into the game practically from the time he first laced up a pair of skates. When he retired from the NHL in 1999, he had led several teams to Stanley Cup victories, competed in the Olympics, and changed the way hockey was played forever. Known for his love for family and as a truly decent human being, Wayne Gretzky is revealed as more than a sports legend in this easy-to-read biography.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 > Beginner Readers

5. 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

6. At the Lake

by: Geoff Laughton
Release date: Feb 26, 2015
Number of Pages: 190
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Shane Martinelli and William Houghton come from very different backgrounds. They meet at a high-end summer camp in the Adirondacks, where Shane works as a lifeguard to earn some money and begin saving for college. William is one of the guests, and he doesn’t want to be there. As far as William knows, his father only dumped him at the camp so he could spend time with his latest mistress. When Shane figures out William can’t swim, he offers to teach him. William enthusiastically responds, but when an unexpected storm blows in, William is caught in the water and Shane comes to his rescue. They barely reach shore before lightning strikes the dock?close enough to damage Shane’s hearing.

The following summer both boys return to the camp. Shane doesn’t let his use of hearing aids stand in his way. William is now a counselor-in-training. The attraction between them is undeniable, but how can they possibly make it work? Once camp is over, a week at William’s family home in the Hamptons will determine if the love that bloomed at the lake can survive in the real world.

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Children’s Books

7. 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

8. 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

9. Camp Omigosh

by: Wade Bradford
Release date: May 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 348
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Connor’s summer is off to a rough start: the camp bus almost crashes, his cabin mates don’t trust him, and the girls on the other side of the camp constantly outsmart him. But when he and his friends Tasha, Parker, and Kimberly investigate the mystery surrounding the “Ghost of Dead Billy,” they begin a hilarious adventure that is worlds away from your typical campfire story. “A wild and zany camping adventure that will leave you begging for more. A must read for middle graders looking for something out of the ordinary.” – Dorine White, author of The Awakening & Cleopatra’s Legacy series
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Children’s Books

10. 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

11. The World’s Best Street & Yard Games

by: Glen Vecchione
Release date: Mar 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 128
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Different kinds of tag, races, hiding-and-seeking, ball games, and more. Easy-to-follow directions and diagrams, a complete age-range chart, and dozens of zany illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

12. 101 Things to Do Outside: Loads of fantastically fun reasons to get up, get out, and get active!

by: Creative Team of Weldon Owen
Release date: Mar 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 144
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From animal tracking and survival skills to using a compass and growing vegetables, 101 Things to Do Outside is the perfect guide for young explorers and aspiring adventurers longing for a taste of the great outdoors. Right outside your front door, there’s a world bursting with adventures just waiting to be explored. This pocket-sized book is overflowing with things to try, do, learn, and remember (plus it has a handy checklist!). Includes helpful step-by-step illustrations and plenty of activities and lessons. Actvities include: Outdoor games such as beach basketball and giant chess; Outdoor art projects such as build a hammock and making bark rubbings; Outdoor nature activities such as bug hunting and fossil hunting; Outdoor gardening activities such as planting a boot garden and creating an herb window box; Outdoor exploring activities such as cooking on a campfire and sending message with a flashlight. The fourth installment of the 101 Things series encourages children to step away from the computer screen and experience nature firsthand from their very own backyards.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

13. At the Plate with…Ken Griffey Jr. (Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf)

by: Matt Christopher
Release date: Apr 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 144
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Ken Griffey Jr., son of former pro ballplayer Ken Griffey Sr., has baseball in his blood. From his early years hanging out at Yankee Stadium with his father through his high school days as a baseball star, Ken Jr. was destined to bring greatness to whatever team he played for. He fulfilled his destiny by helping shape his former team, the Seattle Mariners, into division champs. In 2000, Griffey took his legendary skills and famous smile to the Cincinnati Reds to try to win a World Series with his hometown team.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

14. Ice Dancing

by: Nicholas Walker
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 134
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Determined to win the gold medal in ice dancing, Samantha must overcome several obstacles–a partner who is a total wiseguy, parents who do not want her to skate, and some talented competition.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

15. J. J. Watt (Amazing Athletes)

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

16. Sterling Biographies®: Babe Ruth: Legendary Slugger

by: David Fischer
Release date: Apr 06, 2010
Number of Pages: 128
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Making legends and leaving people awestruck: that’s what Babe Ruth was all about. More than 70 years after he swung his bat for the final time, ?the Sultan of Swat” remains baseball’s greatest player.  Find out about:

– His troubled childhood?including a period in reform school

– How he got his legendary nickname

– How he always tried to be an inspiration to children

– His record-breaking plays

– The curse of the Babe that haunted the Boston Red Sox for so many years

 

This biography really hits one home!

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

17. Imagine That: A Child’s Guide to Yoga

by: Kenneth K. CohenJoan Hyme
Release date: Jul 15, 2002
Number of Pages: 46
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Imagine That: A Child’s Guide to Yoga is a book of illustrated poetry and a complete instruction guide for a child’s study of Hatha Yoga. The intention of each poem and illustration is to fill young minds with a sense of inner harmony and with the inspiration of nature.
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Children’s Books

18. Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places

by: Jim ArnoskyJim Arnosky
Release date: Sep 30, 1990
Number of Pages: 32
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Come walking with Crinkleroot. You couldn’t ask for a more jovial or knowledgeable guide to the outdoors. Eager to share the joys of nature, he encourages readers to listen to a stream, find a tiny forest growing in a boulder crack, and recognize the paths animals have made through the woods. Full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

19. Sports (Eyewitness Books)

by: Tim Hammond
Release date: Jan 01, 1989
Number of Pages: 63
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Full-color photos. From baseball and football to archery and squash, “ancient and modern equipment, rules, and history are highlighted in Sports, an all-star winner for enthusiasts of the two dozen varieties covered through the sophisticated photo essay format. Featuring spectacular close-up photographs, this is an ideal attention grabber for reluctant readers and young teens.”–(starred) Booklist.  
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

20. Fastball Fari: A Novel

by: Michael John Cruit
Release date: Aug 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 262
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Who is Fari Madrigal? Only the first female player in the history of the major leagues. Fari is a mystical girl from the Dominican Republic whose beauty is exceeded only by the hop on her fastball. Within days of her discovery, Fari rises to the top of the baseball world and all of America. But she soon learns that the price she will have to pay for success and fame may be very dear: The very soul that drives her to seek perfection on the mound, and maybe even her life.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

21. Full Count: A Baseball Number Book

by: Brad HerzogBruce Langton
Release date: Aug 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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Following his H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet, Brad Herzog once again steps to the plate to bring the game of baseball to fans of every age. Using numbers as its backdrop, Full Count: A Baseball Number Book goes behind the batter’s box and into the dugout to explain game basics and showcase historic moments. Starting with the signal for a fastball (1), to the miles-per-hour speed on some of the fastest pitches ever thrown (100+), Full Count counts out the players, the plays, and pulse-stopping moments in America’s favorite sport. Brad Herzog has won several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He has published more than two dozen books, including his sports alphabet books, H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet and K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet. Brad lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Following successful careers as a commercial illustrator and a wildlife artist, Bruce Langton started illustrating children’s books. His books include P is for Putt: A Golf Alphabet and Win One for the Gipper: America’s Football Hero. Bruce lives in Granger, Indiana.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

22. Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

by: John CoyRandy Duburke
Release date: Oct 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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When they piled into cars and drove through Durham, North Carolina, the members of the Duke University Medical School basketball team only knew that they were going somewhere to play basketball. They didn’t know whom they would play against. But when they came face to face with their opponents, they quickly realized this secret game was going to make history.

Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

23. I Am #8: Roberto Clemente

by: Jim Gigliotti
Release date: Jul 30, 2013
Number of Pages: 128
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I was a baseball hero and an inspiring humanitarian. I am Roberto Clemente.

A unique hero, Roberto Clemente is not only famous for his impressive baseball career, but also for his generous humanitarian efforts. Nearly 40 years ago, the same year he swung his 3,000th major league baseball hit, he died in an airplane accident on his way to deliver aid to earthquake victims. His heroics on the field earned him a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the first Latin American to be granted access. Just in time for Hispanic heritage month, learn all about this legend’s life from his inspiring beginnings to his tragic end. This book will feature a full-color illustrated cover, one-color illustrations throughout, a detailed time line, introductions to other notable people from the story, a map, sidebars, and a top-ten list of important things to know about Roberto Clemente.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Social Activists

24. Jesse Owens

by: Carole Boston WeatherfordEric Velasquez
Release date: Dec 26, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Jesse Owens grew up during the time of Jim Crow laws, but segregation never slowed him down. After setting world records for track in high school and college, he won a slot on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team. That year, the Olympics were in Berlin, then controlled by the Nazis, and Hitler was certain they would be a chance to prove to the world that Aryans were superior to all other races. But the triumph of Jesse’s will helped him run through any barrier, winning four gold medals and the hearts of millions, setting two world records, and proving the Nazi dictator unmistakably wrong.

The story of Jesse Owens comes alive for young readers with Carole Boston Weatherford’s award-winning free verse poetry. Eric Velasquez tackles this challenging subject with the use of pastels for the first time in twenty years-a technique that is both heart-stopping and immediate.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

25. Shawn Michaels (Pwl) (Pro Wrestling Legends)

by: Stephen Cicciarelli
Release date: Aug 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 64
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— The exciting stories behind one of America’s favorite and fastest-growing sports — Action-packed full-color photos help illustrate the biographies of the favorite stars of the sport — Cable TV’s top-rated attraction With his brazen personality and good looks, Michaels is one of Pro Wrestling’s most enduring superstars. The Heartbreak Kid made wrestling history when he was the first to win a Grand Slam in the WWF.
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Biographies & Memoirs

26. Second Term at Trebizon (The Trebizon Boarding School Series)

by: Anne Digby
Release date: Jan 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 192
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Join Rebecca and her friends at Trebizon, perfect for fans of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers and St Clare’s.

It’s only the start of Rebecca Mason’s second term at Trebizon School, and she is already caught between her two closest friends. Why is Tish trying to stop Sue from becoming the captain of the hockey team? And why is she suddenly so keen for Sue to concentrate on the music scholarship? Can Rebecca solve the mystery of Tish’s strange behaviour, or will the friendship be ruined forever?

The second exciting book in the classic Trebizon series.  

‘As warm and comforting as a cup of cocoa, the Trebizon books are a real treat.’  Katherine Woodfine, author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

27. The Wham-O Hacky Sack Handbook: The Tips & Tricks for Becoming an Expert Shredder!

by: Jacqueline Sach
Release date: Jul 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 78
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Many publishers have tried, but Cider Mill Press is the very first to offer an official book, DVD, and Hacky Sack™ from its one and only creator: Wham-O!
An international phenomenon, Hacky Sack™ sells in the millions each year. Now true fans and would-be Hacky Sack athletes alike can get in the game with this 64-page spiral bound instructional book and hour-long DVD, plus the footbag. Beginning with the basics, the book and DVD walk new players through all the techniques and moves they need to become super shredders. Before long, novices will become experts, having mastered the more challenging techniques you need to hang with the champions. Competitors will also enjoy the great resource section on clubs, organizations, and tournaments around the world.
The extra good news is…this package is the start of a great program, with many more exciting Wham-O items to come!
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

28. Twice as Good: The Story of William Powell and Clearview, the Only Golf Course Designed, Built, and Owned by an African American

by: Richard MichelsonEric Velasquez
Release date: Jan 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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To nine-year-old Willie Powell, there was no prettier sight than the smooth grass lawns of Edgewater Golf Cource. He had been so eager to see them that he’d run seven miles to where the course was situated outside of town. But his elation didn’t last. When he asked two golfers if they’d teach him the game, one man responded by saying, ‘Son, didn’t anyone ever tell you that your kind is not welcome here?’ In the 1920’s there was no place for Willie, or any black person, on a golf cource. It was a game for white people only, at least in America. But his enthusiasm for golf and his belief in what he knew to be right drove Willie Powell to change that, and to change minds.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

29. Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids

by: Justin Miles
Release date: Jul 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 96
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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids presents straightforward advice on what every explorer must know if they are to survive the most daunting challenges the world has to offer. The ultimate adventures are gleaned from the author’s travels around the world. He packs every page with the priceless knowledge he has gained over the years.

Features include:

  • “Watch Out!” warnings and danger alerts
  • “What To Wear” checklists
  • “How To” advice (such as how to spear a fish)
  • Equipment essentials (like anti-leech socks)
  • “Did You Know” sidebars describing the animals adventurers may encounter
  • Interesting facts, such as the experiences of record-breaking explorers, like British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes who cut off the tops of his own fingers in a vise rather than endure the pain of frostbite for one more minute
  • Explorer Q+A’s, where the author describes his own lifetime of exploring
  • Author Q+A’s.

Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids is no replacement for the real thing but quite possibly it will inspire would-be explorers to dream about their own adventures in the not-so-distant future.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health

30. When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike

by: Michelle HoutsErica Magnus
Release date: Sep 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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“[When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike] is an inspiring story, imparting the notion that an action as basic as walking for pleasure could result in a feat for the record books.” — Booklist
 

It took her two tries, but in 1955, sixty-seven-year-old Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to solo hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one through hike. Gatewood has become a legend for those who hike the trail, and in her home state of Ohio, where she helped found the Buckeye Trail. In recent years, she has been the subject of a bestselling biography and a documentary film.

In When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike, Michelle Houts brings us the first children’s book about her feat, which she accomplished without professional gear or even a tent. Houts chronicles the spirit of a seasoned outdoorswoman and mother of eleven whose grit and determination helped her to hike over two thousand miles. Erica Magnus’s vibrant illustrations capture the wild animals, people from all walks of life, and unexpected challenges that this strong-willed woman encountered on the journey she initially called a “lark.”

Children ages 4–10 will delight in this narrative nonfiction work as they accompany Emma Gatewood on the adventure of a lifetime and witness her transformation from grandmother to hiking legend, becoming “Grandma” to all.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Women

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Last updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 8:56 AM

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