Best Sports & Outdoors Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 sports & outdoors books for 4 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. Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs

by: The Okee Dokee BrothersBrandon Reese
Release date: May 17, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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I’m wondering if you’d go wandering with me
Through the wilderness and woods
To where the winds are blowin’ free.
 
The Grammy® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers—Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—celebrate the beauty of nature and the joys of being outdoors and unplugged. Their family-friendly music aims to inspire parents and kids to get outside and get creative.Can You Canoe? journeys cross-country in 12 songs, from the rolling hills of Appalachia in the east to the canyons and campfires of the West. Along the way, The Okee Dokee Brothers’ irresistible, boot-stompin’ tunes invite kids to wander through the woods and wilderness, where they’ll discover hungry black bears and tall-tale spinners; quiet canoes and cozy camping tents; a jumpin’ jamboree and a bullfrog opera. Brandon Reese’s lively illustrations, and a CD to sing along with, will make this set a children’s classic.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music > Songbooks

2. St. Louis Cardinals ABC (My First Alphabet Books (Michaelson Entertainment))

by: Brad Epstein
Release date: May 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 24
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St. Louis Cardinals ABC is the ultimate alphabet book for every young Cardinals fan! A is for at-bat (Stan Musial), F is for the Fredbird, M is for the Mad Dash and, of course, W is for World Series Trophy! Toddlers will love learning their letters with all the great baseball symbols. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will enjoy sharing their memories with the next generation of baseball fans. The book is even shaped like a baseball jersey! Officially licensed by Major League Baseball.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

3. Mighty Jack Climbs Mount Everest

by: Jason TimmermanRachel Nehl
Release date: Jul 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 30
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Mighty Jack is a smart, curious and energetic four-year-old boy. He loves learning about amazing places and animals. Come join him on his many adventures as he explores the world with his friends.

In this adventure, Jack and his friends Owen and Ethan decide to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Will they make it to the top? What dangers await them on the way up the mountain?

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4. Alamo from A to Z, The

by: William Chemerka
Release date: Sep 28, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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The patriotic sacrifice of Texas remembered. This tribute to the famous 13 day siege gives the stories of real-life heroes including David Crockett, Sam Houston, and William King (who, at 15 years old, was the youngest defender to die during the conflict.) These accounts, lacking in sensationalism, reveal the true characters in one of the most important events in Texas history. This reference includes a timeline of events.

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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

5. Tim Tebow: Always a Hero

by: Tim Polzer
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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An easy-to-read biography of one of the NFL’s hottest stars!

It’s Tebow Time!

With an incredible amount of talent and the ability to win huge games, Tim Tebow is the player that every football fan is talking about. Follow Tim from his early high school years, his highly successful college career, through his recent trade to theNew York Jets in this easy-to-read story filled with photographs and fun facts.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

6. Boris Sees The Light (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Boris (Scholastic))

by: Andrew Joyner
Release date: Sep 24, 2013
Number of Pages: 80
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Boris is having a sleepover! He’s camping in the backyard with Frederick and Alice. And they are not one bit scared of the dark. No way! But what is that strange light moving around outside the tent? And what is making all of those strange, scary noises? It’s up to Boris to find out….
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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

7. Splat the Cat and the Hotshot (I Can Read Level 1)

by: Rob ScottonRob Scotton
Release date: Feb 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Splat goes on a Cat Scouts trip in this hilarious I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can hardly wait to put on his uniform, tie knots, and build a fire. But when a new member of the group does everything just a bit better than everyone else, Splat wishes he could have a chance to shine. Thanks to some sticky mud, he might get to show what a great outdoors-cat he really is!

Beginning readers will practice the –ot sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat and the Hotshot is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

8. Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Catherine HapkaAnne Kennedy
Release date: Mar 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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When Meg goes camping for the first time, she doesn’t know what to expect. Unprepared for lots of bugs, long walks to the bathroom, and spooky, scary stories, Meg learns that camping is far more than just a slumber party outdoors. . . it’s a true Pony Scouts adventure! This series is full of all the rich details young horse lovers devour, from pony-centric plots to a “Pony Pointers” vocabulary page at the end of each book. Go camping with the Pony Scouts! This is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

9. My Dream Playground (Kaboom! Book)

by: Kate BeckerJed Henry
Release date: Aug 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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A resourceful little girl with big ideas becomes a key part of the team when a community of family, friends, and neighbors builds a playground.

Right now there is just an empty lot down the street, but this little girl dreams that one day there will be a playground — a real playground, a fun playground — right in her own neighborhood. When she sees a man measuring the empty lot, she’s sure that he’s there to help make her playground dream come true. And he is! Inspired by the real story of the first-ever playground built by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that has helped build more than two thousand play spaces across the country, here is the tale of how a determined young girl, with the help of her family, friends, and community, makes her dreams of a playground in her own neighborhood a reality.

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

10. Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol

by: Monica BrownRudy Gutierrez
Release date: May 16, 2017
Number of Pages: 40
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Monica Brown and Rudy Gutierrez team up to deliver what Kirkus called, in a starred review, an “inspiring blend of art and story,” about the most famous soccer star in the world, Pelé. This bilingual picture book will inspire, teach, and amaze readers as they learn about the man who revolutionized the sport of soccer.

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? This is the true story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend. Rudy Gutierrez’s dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown’s story of this remarkable sports hero come alive!

 

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

11. Baltimore Ravens 101: My First Team-board-book

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: Sep 30, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Baltimore Ravens 101 is required reading for every Ravens fan! From the Marching Ravens and the Steelers rivalry to the great Super Bowl Championship of 2000, you’ll share all the memories with the next generation. Enjoy all the traditions of your favorite team, learn the basics about playing football and share the excitement of the NFL! Officially licensed by the NFL.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

12. Oakland Raiders 101 (My First Team-Board-Book)

by: Brad Epstein
Release date: Dec 10, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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Oakland Raiders 101 is required reading for every Raiders fan! From the Sea of Hands and enthusiasm of the Raiders Nation fans to the great Super Bowl Championships, you’ll share all the memories with the next generation. Enjoy all the traditions of your favorite team, learn the basics about playing football and share the excitement of the NFL!
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

13. Major League Baseball ABC: My First Alphabet Book (My First Alphabet Books (Michaelson Entertainment))

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: Aug 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 28
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Major League Baseball ABC is the ultimate alphabet book for every young baseball fan! A is for at-bat, B is for base runner, C is for catcher and, of course, W is for World Series Trophy! This league edition of our best-selling ‘my first alphabet books’ features every team, showcases great players and highlights all the important baseball words. Toddlers will love learning their letters with all the great baseball symbols. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will enjoy sharing their memories with the next generation of baseball fans. The book is even shaped like a baseball jersey! Officially licensed by Major League Baseball. The only official alphabet book available! Also available for in an NFL Football edition.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

14. New York Mets 101 (My First Team-Board-Book)

by: Brad Epstein
Release date: May 31, 2013
Number of Pages: 24
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New York Mets 101 is required reading for every Mets fan! From the 1969 ‘Miracle Mets’ to the thrills of watching a game in the new Citi Field, you’ll share all the memories with the next generation. Enjoy all the traditions of your favorite team, learn the basics about playing baseball and share your passion for America’s pastime!
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

15. On the Way to the Beach

by: Henry ColeHenry Cole
Release date: Mar 18, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Find a place to sit and watch and listen … on the beach or in the woods or in a salt marsh. What can you see and hear?
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Children’s Books > Animals

16. The Flying Mouse

by: Charlotte OttenGreg Crawford
Release date: Oct 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Do you think a mouse can fly? One Christmas Carlotte Otten’s son gave her a fly he had tied, a mouse with red and green stripes which became the inspiration for this story. Teaming up with illustrator Greg Crawford, she takes us on a journey, part real, part fantasy, into the world of fly fishing and a little mouse. In the spirit of Hemingway’s Up in Michigan stories and Maclean’s A River Runs Through It, Otten’s endearing story is nice addition to the books on fly fishing for children. Readers, both adult and children, will be caught up in the intricacies of fly fishing and the little flying mouse’s journey. What more can you ask for, adventure, colorful illustrations, lots of new and interesting information, this book has it all. The captivating text of Charlotte Otten and realistic paintings of Greg Crawford bring this story to life and whether you are the reader or are being read to, this book is a pleasure for all ages. Charlotte Otten, a life-long resident of the Great Lakes, spent summers exploring the shores. She now resides in Grand Rapids, MI. She would often wander into small streams, where she watched the hatches of bugs, fished for brook trout, listened to the sounds of the woods, and even once caught sight of a rare animal, a fisher, gently swimming under a natural bridge at a waterfall. When her son grew older and started tying flies, she enjoyed seeing a deer hair caddis, a bead head serendipity, a humpy, a frog. Her poems on fishing have appeared in many journals. She is the author of a number of books for adults and children, including January Rides the Wind, a three starred book awarded ‘Best Book of the Year’ by the Bank Street College of Education and by Booklist. Greg Crawford has been an artist since he first learned to hold a crayon. He began working professionally while he was still in high school. He has enjoyed a rich and varied career that has demanded versatility. He has done everything from technical illustration to cartoons and caricatures, but he loves children’s books. He has illustrated many over the years, including Tai Chi for Kids, Mr. Meow’s ABC Book, and Mr. Meow Goes to the Shelter, which he wrote under the pseudonym, Mr. Meow. He also wrote and illustrated Animals in the Stars, Chinese Astrology for Children, and the upcoming Hill Farm. He also wrote and illustrated Animals in the Stars, Chinese Astrology for Children, and the upcoming Hill Farm. Greg lives in Stockbridge, Vermont.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

17. The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

by: Audrey VernickSteven Salerno
Release date: Mar 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno have again collaborated to bring us a captivating picture book about a compelling but little-known piece of baseball history. Beginning in 1922, when Edith Houghton was only ten years old, she tried out for a women’s professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies. Though she was the smallest on the field, soon reporters were talking about “The Kid” and her incredible skill, and crowds were packing the stands to see her play. Her story reminds us that baseball has never been about just men and boys. Baseball is also about talented girls willing to work hard to play any way they can.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1900s

18. 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

19. Cincinnati Bengals 101: My First Team-Board-Book

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: Sep 30, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Cincinnati Bengals 101 is required reading for every Bengals fan! From the legendary Bob Johnson and the Browns rivalry to dancing the ‘Ickey Shuffle’, you’ll share all the memories with the next generation. Enjoy all the traditions of your favorite team, learn the basics about playing football and share the excitement of the NFL! Officially licensed by the NFL.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

20. Crabbing with Louie

by: Timothy NelsonValerie Bouthyette
Release date: Dec 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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Crab Louie?…What is that?! From school to salads, and from puppies to fishing poles, please come spend a warm San Francisco day at the beach with Vic, Julius, and their Mom and Dad. And most importantly, help the puppy Louie learn what Crab Louie is all about!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

21. Crabbing: A Lowcountry Family Tradition (Young Palmetto Books)

by: Tilda BalsleyMonica Wyrich
Release date: May 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Crabbing is a story about young boys learning from their grandfather about the coastal tradition of catching crabs during an eventful day on a saltwater creek. Tilda Balsley’s realistic yet poetic depictions coupled with Monica Wyrick’s beautiful watercolor illustrations provide a glimpse into the diversity of life along the backwaters of the lowcountry. Crabbing is an intriguing “how-to” for children and evokes nostalgic reminders for readers of any age who have enjoyed the challenge of catching blue crabs.

Following the story, additional material providesparents and teachers with educational information about blue crabs as well as other lowcountry wildlife including pelicans, cordgrass, dolphins, grasshoppers, and Spanish moss and about habitat protection. To round out the blue crab experience, a delicious crab cake recipe, simple enough for children to make, is included as well.

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Arts & Photography > Painting > Watercolor

22. We All Play (Disabilities and Differences)

by: Rebecca Rissman
Release date: Jan 14, 2009
Number of Pages: 24
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Books in this series introduce children to the notion that all people are different and all people are special. The simple text explains common activities while the clear images can stimulate thought and discussion about mental and physical differences. In We All Play, readers explore the different ways, places, and reasons that people play.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Special Needs

23. Eddie’s Tent: and How to Go Camping

by: Sarah Garland
Release date: May 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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When Mum, Tom, Tilly, Lily and Eddie decide to go on holiday, a camping trip sounds like the ideal break. After setting up camp, there are lots of adventures ahead for Eddie and his family – cooking over a camp-fire, making the camp shipshape and exploring the nearby beach. In town, Eddie meets a new friend Max and his dog Bouncer. But when Bouncer goes missing in the middle of a storm, Eddie will need all his survival skills to find the dog – and his way back to camp!

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

24. Football ABC (SI Kids Rookie Books)

by: Mark Weakland
Release date: Oct 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 20
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When it comes to football, A is for Action, of course! Each letter in this football-themed alphabet book presents a fun look at a different football term. With a subject like football, Football ABC is a sure to be a winner.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Football

25. Lana’s World: Let’s Go Fishing! (Green Light Readers Level 2)

by: Erica SilvermanJess Golden
Release date: Jun 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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When little Lana pleads “Let’s go fishing!” to Papa, Mama, Jay, and Ray, everyone declines, even Furry, the dog. They are all too busy doing other things. But that’s not enough to stop the imaginative Lana from having her own adventure and reeling in the whole family. Welcome to Lana’s World!
 
 
 
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

26. Kansas City Royals 101: My First Team-Board-Book

by: Brad M. Epstein
Release date: Jun 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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Kansas City Royals 101 is required reading for every Royals fan! From the legendary George Brett and 1985 “I-70 Series” to cheering on the team with Slugger, you’ll share all the memories with the next generation. Enjoy all the traditions of your favorite team, learn the basics about playing baseball and share your passion for America’s pastime! Officially licensed by Major League Baseball.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

27. Marco and I Want To Play Ball: a true story of inclusion and self-determination

by: Jo Meserve MachVera Lynne Stroup-RentierMary Birdsell
Release date: Jan 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 52
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In a true story of inclusion, Isiah and Marco share their love of baseball. Who’s going to hit the ball farther? Who’s going to hit the ball higher? Whose ball will hit the barn? Cousins like to tease and play, when Grandpa is pitching. 

Finding My Way Books honor children with special needs or disabilities by sharing their stories.

Each book includes a classroom activity list and a Family Guide describing ‘easy to understand’ tips for promoting the development of skills need for self-determination.

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

28. Martha Speaks: Martha Camps Out (Reader)

by: Susan Meddaugh
Release date: Apr 18, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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Alice and Helen plan to go camping to earn their Junior Gophers badges. When Ronald finds out, he warns them about Big Minnie, a mythical monster who lives in the woods. Undeterred, the campers set off. After all, everybody knows Big Minnie’s imaginary. Or is she?

Includes a fun pretend camping trip activity. Now bilingual!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

29. Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion

by: Walter Dean MyersAlix Delinois
Release date: Jan 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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This acclaimed picture book biography is a perfect introduction to the late great Muhammad Ali

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers explores Muhammad Ali’s life and recounts his most famous fights in this celebrated picture book biography.

Myers examines the depth and complexity of the larger-than-life legend and heavyweight champion of the world, and the bold, vibrant art of Alix Delinois reflects the beauty and power of the man who could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Reviewers praised this book as “powerful,” “action-filled,” and “dramatic.”

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

30. NASCAR ABCs

by: Paul DuBois JacobsJennifer SwenderAaron Zenz
Release date: May 24, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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From air wrench to banking to crew, young NASCAR® fans can discover the ins and outs of stock-car racing with this revved up new book from the award-winning writing team of Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender. Race through the alphabet with car terminology, race-day lingo, and exciting illustrations as fast as these brave drivers race around the track! It’s the perfect way to introduce young readers to the thrill of the race-and of reading.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Social Skills

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