Best Sports & Outdoors Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 sports & outdoors books for 5 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. Ladybug Girl and Bingo

by: Jacky DavisDavid Soman
Release date: May 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores the theme of responsibility for a pet and the fun of a first camping trip.
 
Lulu and her dog Bingo the basset hound are best friends. Whenever they play outside, Bingo always stays close by Lulu’s side. When they go camping for the first time, Lulu does her best to be responsible and hold tight to Bingo’s leash. But what happens when Bingo wants to explore the forest on his own and runs off? This is a job for Ladybug Girl! She will find Bingo in time for toasting marshmallows at the campfire. 
 
For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors a love of the outdoors, family, and creativity!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

2. Children’s Book: Odd Sock Catches Gold Fever: Early Chapter Book for ages 5-8, About One Small Toy’s Adventures in a Big World (Odd Sock Adventures 1)

by: Melinda KinsmanMelinda Kinsman
Release date: Jun 27, 2014
Number of Pages: 86
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Join Odd Sock on her FIRST Big Adventure

Get your copy of this fun book for 5-8 year olds, and enjoy a trip to the Highlands of Scotland – with Odd as your enthusiastic, cute, young guide.

Odd Sock is a small, fairly brave cuddly toy who likes to explore. She likes going to new places, meeting new people, and trying out new things. Most importantly, she never likes to miss out on anything that sounds like it might be an adventure!

She’s heading north from her English home, on a camping trip to the mountains of Scotland. Share her adventures, and experience this new world through her curious eyes. You may even learn a few useful life lessons along the way.

>>> An Early Chapter Book, Illustrated with 40+ Photographs of Odd Sock enjoying her Travels.

The text is broken up by lots of photographs – ideal for those newer to reading. Children reading at approximately US Grade 2 level (age 7-8) may feel happy tackling this book on their own. Younger children of about 5+ will enjoy having the story read out to them while they search for Odd in all of the photographs. Each chapter would make a great short bedtime story.

>>> Learn lots of interesting facts.

This little book is packed with simple, interesting facts about Scotland – and even about maps, mountains and Morse Code!

>>> Learn lots of new vocabulary.

The book contains a Glossary at the end, giving simple meanings of unusual, or harder, words (harder than approximately US Grade 2).

Find out more about Odd and her cuddly toy friends, and about their other books, at http://topofthewardrobegang.weebly.com

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3. 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

4. Peppa Pig and the Camping Trip

by: Candlewick Press
Release date: Apr 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Pack up the sleeping bags for a camping trip with Peppa, complete with a camper van full of surprises.

Peppa Pig and her brother, George, are very excited. They’re going on vacation! This time Daddy Pig has borrowed a camper van that has its own sink and beds and a roof that lifts up. It also turns into a boat they can take on the river. Even more fun are the nature activities Peppa enjoys with her family, like visiting swimming ducks, spotting wildlife on their walks, building a campfire, and pitching Daddy’s old tent. But best of all are the shooting stars they see in the night sky as they’re falling asleep!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

5. Boris Sees the Light (Boris (Scholastic))

by: Andrew Joyner (Il
Release date: Sep 24, 2013
Number of Pages: 72
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For a brave warthog like Boris, adventure is always just around the corner!
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
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

6. Boris Sees the Light: A Branches Book (Boris #4)

by: Andrew Joyner
Release date: Sep 24, 2013
Number of Pages: 80
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For a brave warthog like Boris, adventure is always just around the corner!

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

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. Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way

by: Peter GolenbockPaul Lee
Release date: Mar 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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On April 8, 1974, America watched as Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate and hit home run number 715! With that hit, he surpassed Babe Ruth’s legendary baseball record and realized a lifelong dream.
Before blacks were allowed in the major leagues, Hank was determined to play. This is the story of how Hank Aaron became a great ballplayer and an inspiration to us all.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

8. How Pete met Lizard: Happy Friends Children’s Series, Book 1, unusual friendships between animals, story and poems

by: Patricia FurstenbergPatricia Furstenberg
Release date: Mar 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 26
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This story will teach your child that something magical can happen when you try to see the best in every situation. You make new friends… and discover that clouds do taste like ice-cream!
Pete is an ordinary elephant with an EXTRA-ordinary gift. But he is alone in a forest where he suddenly found himself, one rainy afternoon. How he got there and will he remain alone forever and ever? A heartwarming read.
This is Book 1 in Happy Friends Series and where it all begins.
Book 2 in Happy Friends Series: Little Tail and the Snow

Friendship regardless differences. Friendship in diversity

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

9. Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion

by: Heather LangFloyd Cooper
Release date: Mar 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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As this year’s Olympics draw near in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are training hard to overcome the competition, just as Alice Coachman did for the 1948 Olympics in London. This inspirational nonfiction book by Heather Lang is a story of perseverance and unwavering ambition that follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium. With her strong determination and innate athletic talent, Alice raced her way to the top of the track and field world and, leaping over all hurdles in her path, went on to become the first African American woman to take home the gold medal. This amazing journey is complemented by Floyd Cooper’s pastel illustrations that serve to represent Coachman’s incredible struggles.

School Library Journal says: ?Lang brings her subject’s early years to life through small details… Cooper’s pastels keep to a brown, grainy palette, recalling the Georgia dirt on which the track star ran as a child.”

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

10. 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

11. Fishing With Foster

by: Turner Bowman
Release date: Mar 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 80
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Fishing with Foster is a unique, one-of-a-kind, family fishing book that is sure to appeal to everyone age 5 to ninety-five. There are 25 humorous fishing tales from Foster’s fishing trips, many informative fishing tips and a fisherkid glossary. This book is told and written in Foster’s own youthful words. Many brilliant illustrations and classic photos bring Foster’s adventures to life. Fishing WIth Foster will bridge the gap between grandparents and grandchildren and entertain everyone in between.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

12. Dinosaur Campout (Dinosaur Train)

by: Grosset &amp Dunlap
Release date: Apr 12, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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A great summer 8 x 8!

The Pteranodon family is going on a campout! This adorable 8 x 8 is perfect for a first camping trip or night away from home.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

13. Mr. Wishing Went Fishing (G&D Vintage)

by: Irma WildeGeorge Wilde
Release date: Jun 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G&D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations.

Mr. Wishing decides to go fishing for a pet fish and finds Skipper, a perfect companion. But Skipper needs a friend! Mr. Wishing goes on another rowboat jaunt, but all he manages to catch are a starfish and a crab, which are not the ideal fish bowl companions for Skipper. Finally, Mr. Wishing brings home another fish, Flipper, and Skipper is happy as can be!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

14. Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

by: Sue MacyC. F. Payne
Release date: Feb 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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“Macy introduces Garber as a person who followed her passion for sports despite her mother’s disapproval and did her job with purpose, integrity, and dignity. The narrative is swiftly paced, smoothly written, and filled with interesting details and quotes…A lively, memorable biography for younger readers.” —Booklist (starred review)

“It’s an entertaining and accessible portrait of a generous-minded writer and a reminder of the value of telling people’s stories, whether pro player or soapbox racer.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A heartfelt, informative, and thoroughly engaging picture book biography about groundbreaking sports reporter Mary Garber.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

From beloved author Sue Macy comes an illustrated biography of Mary Garber, one of the first female sports journalists in American history!

While sitting in the bleachers of a Soap Box Derby in the 1950s, Mary Garber overheard two African-American boys in the following exchange: “See that lady down there?” asked one boy. “That’s Mary Garber. She doesn’t care who you are, but if you do something good, she’ll write about you.”

Mary Garber was a pioneering sports journalist in a time where women were rarely a part of the newspaper business. Women weren’t even allowed to sit in the press boxes at sporting events, so Mary was forced to sit with the coaches’ wives. But that didn’t stop her.

In a time when African-American sports were not routinely covered, Mary went to the games and wrote about them. Garber was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism. And now, every year the Association of Women in Sports Media presents the Mary Garber Pioneer Award in her honor to a role model for women in sports media.

Sure to inspire future journalists, athletes, and any child who has a dream, this illustrated biography of Mary Garber captures her feisty and determined spirit and brings her story to life.

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15. The SideWays Sliders (MotorHead Garage Children’s Book)

by: Michael J. Myers
Release date: Nov 28, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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The Sideways Sliders is an action packed story that introduces the young reader to the “skid style” racing scene, known as drifting. Sid, Slyder and Slomo make up the drifting group known as the Sideways Sliders. In the story The Sideways Sliders, this group of three friends find out the hard way why it is so important to stay safe while having fun drifting. A night full of fun takes an unexpected turn that leads to surprising consequences the following morning. Drifting can be a safe and controlled sport if the correct precautions are in place.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Motor Sports

16. I Can’t Believe It’s Yoga For Kids!

by: Lisa TrivellPeter Field Peck
Release date: Mar 28, 2000
Number of Pages: 136
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Yoga is recognized as one of the most effective forms of exercise and fitness conditioning yet for most Americans, and especially for American kids, it’s not widely practiced. Second in the I Can’t Believe It’s Yoga series, I Can’t Believe It’s Yoga for Kids will show the Nickelodeon crowd that yoga can be cool. Based on classes taught at a variety of schools and using real kids for demonstration, this book will show kids that yoga is spelled f-u-n!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Fitness

17. Millie Fierce Sleeps Out

by: Jane ManningJane Manning
Release date: May 29, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Little girls can be strong and fierce and brave—and sometimes their ferocity is just the thing they need to save the day.

Millie is strong. Millie is fierce. But Millie has learned to keep her fierceness in check. And since she’s been sweet all summer long, Millie gets to have a sleepout with her friends. One where she promises to be well behaved. But things don’t go as Millie planned, and our fierce little heroine is not happy.  Still, she tries her best to keep her fierceness inside. But when the scary dog from next door howls at the girls’ tent, Millie’s ferocity saves them all!

A perfect addition to a bookshelf filled with Fancy Nancy, Eloise, Olivia, and Ladybug Girl.

Praise for the Millie Fierce books:

*”Readers already know what Millie learns: To everything there is a time and purpose, including fierceness; they will welcome this validation.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Millie Fierce is a delightfully naughty mix between Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry.”–School Library Journal

“An unexpected Yeatsian lilt to Manning’s writing (“Millie frizzed out her hair and made the crazy eye”) lifts the text out of the ordinary; her powers of observation set it apart, too.”–Publishers Weekly

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

18. Stop The Ball

by: Sarit Peled
Release date: Nov 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 30
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All children love having friends, which is why this young boy’s best friend is… his football! His football flies in the air, rolls over the muddy ground, acts as a chair and even cuddles at night when our boy wants him to. But, one day, at the park his football decides to go for a roll on its own – past the pond, past the lake and far down the grassy hill. Our young boy runs to catch his ball, getting dirty and full of mud, before it becomes lost forever or taken by someone else. After a long day he learns how important it is to keep his best friend close to him… and clean! This rhyming story for young children is not only filled with wonderful illustrations, it’s also an inspiring story for active learners, teachers and parents, and much fun to read out aloud.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

19. All Around the Seasons

by: Barney SaltzbergBarney Saltzberg
Release date: Feb 09, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Bursting with energy, this celebration of childhood follows the familiar activities that bring joy and comfort through a year of nature’s changes.

From the first flowers of spring through the lazy days of summer, the brisk chill of autumn, and the shivery anticipation of blustery, snowy holidays, ALL AROUND THE SEASONS highlights the wonderful things that make each turn in the year unique. Lively verses and exuberant images show children finding fun in everyday pastimes — digging a garden or drawing on the sidewalk, dancing through sprinklers or making s’mores, carving pumpkins or building a snowman beside a house full of twinkling lights. Barney Saltzberg’s latest creation is an ode to the great gifts of nature, to families’ shared memories, and to childhood itself.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Weather

20. Camp K-9

by: Mary Ann RodmanNancy Hayashi
Release date: May 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Yip yip hooray!

Roxie and her fellow dog campers are headed to Camp K-9 for all kinds of doggy fun. But Roxy has a secret: she s brought her blankie in her Pooch Pouch. If the other campers find out, they ll call her a puppy. Even worse, a mean Standard Poodle named Lucy seems determined to cause trouble and if Lucy sniffs out her secret, Roxy will really be in the doghouse.

All through the Camp K-9 activities, from Mutt Hutt high-jinks to Chow Hall chow-downs, from Splash Pals to Pup & Paddle, from building bone and stick houses in Barks & Crafts, to fur-raising tellings of The Haunted Mail Truck around the campfire , Roxie and her friends cower from the fearsome Lucy. Then Roxie discovers that Lucy has a secret, too…

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

21. 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

22. Into the Outdoors

by: Susan Gal
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 40
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In Susan Gal’s delightful young-concept book, a family travels up a mountain, over a bridge, and under a canopy of trees to reach their campsite in the great outdoors.  A forest hike offers more opportunities to showcase words that describe spacial relationships and show young readers where they are in the world. Beside a lake! Next to a waterfall! On top of a mountain! Then after the sun slips behind the hills, they’ll snuggle alongside each other and dream sweet dreams inside their tent among the trees.

Gal’s pictures capture all the beauty of the natural world. And she’s included a humorous cast of animal characters on a parallel journey of their own, so the art is full of funny things to spot.

This is a gem of a story for parents and teachers to share with their happy campers.

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

23. NASCAR 1-2-3s

by: Paul DuBois JacobsJennifer SwenderAaron Zenz
Release date: Dec 31, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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The nuts and bolts of NASCAR in a counting book full of racecars
Counting by ones, tens, and hundreds, young NASCAR fans can practice their numbers while racing around the track at top speed. They will learn what a “front runner” is and how many crew members it takes to make car adjustments during a pit stop. But best of all, they’ll chase the cars around the track. By the time young readers cross the finish line in the book, they’ll feel like NASCAR winners!
Readers, start your engines. 1-2-3! Rev up your NASCAR numbers with me! Count ONE driver-nerves made of steel. Count TWO gloves-gripping the wheel . . . Count SEVEN crew members-ready to jump. Count EIGHT cylinders-starting to pump . . . Keep on digging-safely ’round the bend. Let’s keep counting-now by tens! . . . FIFTY greatest drivers. Count yourself in! Count SIXTY years-since the first NASCAR win . . . Shut down your engine. The race is done. In NASCAR numbers-you’re number ONE!
Author Bio Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife writing team who live in Brooklyn, New York. They are the authors of five other Gibbs Smith books: Children’s Songbag, Putting on a Play, My Taxi Ride, NASCAR ABCs, and the award-winning My Subway Ride.
Illustrator Bio Aaron Zenz lives in Spring Lake, Michigan. He illustrated NASCAR ABCs (Gibbs Smith) and the “I Can Read” Howie series, and wrote and illustrated The Hiccupotamus. To find out more about Aaron’s work, go to http://www.aaronzenz.com.
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Children’s Books > Cars, Trains & Things That Go > Cars & Trucks

24. One Day: A Story About Positive Attitude

by: Barb ChryslerPhilip McIvor
Release date: Oct 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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One Day: A Story About Positive Attitude highlights that life’s obstacles are made to be transcended. This book is a story about how young people dream of being like their favourite soccer players and one day through pursuing their dreams they become a role model for other people. Each successful player we know had to overcome different types of challenges, and so can our children who dream big. One Day reminds kids that falling is temporary and provides them with knowledge of the attitude they need to rise again and continue the pursuit of their goals.  The winning mindsets of their favourite role models are outlined including believing in your dream, having confidence in your ability, working hard, having faith, and staying positive.  Talent alone will not make you achieve your goals, but hard work, dedication, and positive attitude will.

This book is an attempt to address a gap in sports psychology literature by providing the concepts in a book youth will understand. Often in training programs mental attitude is overlooked; however, it is a critical component of winning the game and achieving dreams.  After reading the stories of triumph from favourite players, it will be hard to find any excuse not to achieve your goals.  Players have overcome poverty, adversity, making mistakes in a public way, family troubles, and disabilities to achieve their goals. One Day: A Story About Positive Attitude can be used as affirmations to be read with youth to help them believe in themselves repeating the messages until they believe them.  While this book focuses on stories of soccer players the principles are relevant to achieving any goal.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

25. Pittsburgh Steelers Coloring & Activity Storybook

by: Brad M. EpsteinCurt Walstead
Release date: Jun 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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The Pittsburgh Steelers Coloring and Activity Storybook is a great coloring book and activity book for every young Steelers fan. Based on a game day theme, the book takes kids through a day at the big game, from arriving at the stadium, the coin toss, offensive plays, halftime, defense and of course scoring the winning field goal! Along the way, readers enjoy coloring pages, mazes, word searches and other games sure to provide many enjoyable hours of engaging activities with your favorite team. The Pittsburgh Steelers Coloring and Activity Storybook is a sure touchdown for every young fan! Officially licensed by the NFL.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

26. Working Ferrets: Handling with Nets, Guns and Dogs

by: Jackie Drakeford
Release date: Mar 14, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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The countrymans relationship with the ferret is legendary generally associated with the wee thing popping out of a cavernous pocket to the delight of the public bar locals. Yet these little creatures provide country sport for many and also provide an effective method of clearing the greatest agricultural pest the rabbit. Updated and expanded, Working Ferrets Second Edition explains how to use ferrets to chase rabbits from their buries. There are then a variety of options to eliminate the emerging prey, such as netting or shooting. Every aspect of working a ferret is included from the choice of animal and the equipment needed to discerning the layout of buries and working the ferret with dogs or guns.
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27. Adventure Racing Activities for Fun and Fitness

by: Daniel DeJagerCathrine Himberg
Release date: Mar 14, 2008
Number of Pages: 136
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Begin with a physical challenge. Add a heavy dose of fun. Divide into teams. What do you have? Adventure racing events and units that are easily planned for a field day or a regular class period using equipment you already have.

Adventure Racing Activities for Fun and Fitness: A CORE Experience is the brainchild of Dan DeJager, a physical education teacher and adventure racing enthusiast, and Cathrine Himberg, an instructor of future physical educators and advocate for effective physical education who want to pass the fun along to kids. Adventure racing is a sport that combines two or more disciplines and emphasizes teamwork—in fact, the CORE in the book’s title stands for cooperative obstacle racing experience. In adventure races, teammates work together to finish an obstacle course as quickly as possible.

DeJager and Himberg provide everything you need to know to prepare for and teach an adventure racing unit at your school or lead an adventure racing event in any environment with any group of people. With Adventure Racing Activities for Fun and Fitness, you get

-complete instructions for setting up an adventure racing unit or event,

-forms and checklists to help you organize and conduct an adventure race, and

-suggestions and options for customizing the activities to suit your needs.

Unlike conventional adventure races that call for mountain bikes, kayaks, and other specialized equipment, Adventure Racing Activities for Fun and Fitness guides you in setting up races for teams of two, three, or four students that require no equipment or readily available equipment.

The authors show you how to set up a race, lay out the course (locations include tracks, fields, courts, schools, and gymnasiums), use obstacles to present challenges, and assess race results. You discover how to vary the course and the obstacles to bring fresh excitement and challenges to each race. And you find out about various scoring systems (some in which the winners are not necessarily the ones who finish first!), adding spice and motivation to the competitions.

Adventure Racing Activities for Fun and Fitness provides teachers and youth leaders with a new way to get kids excited about physical activity, instill healthy habits, and meet NASPE National Physical Education Standards. More than that, it meets kids’ standards of having fun while being physically active.

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28. Maxwell Moose’s Mountain Monster (Animal Antics A to Z)

by: Barbara deRubertis
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Maxwell Moose loves camping out and making smores and telling spooky stories. But what if Maxwells imaginary Mountain Monster stories arent as imaginary as he thought?
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Children’s Books > Animals

29. Cobi Jones Soccer Games

by: Andrew GutelleCobi JonesPaul Meisel
Release date: Oct 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 112
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Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Cobi Jones is America’s soccer star. The charismatic midfielder for both the U.S. National Team and the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, Cobi is known for his fiery speed and masterful assists, his forays into the media (he hosts Mega-Dose on MTV and appears regularly in magazines), and his passion to make soccer as popular in the United States as it is in the world. To that end, he’s starting with the kids. Formatted like Kirby Puckett’s Baseball Games, Cobi Jones Soccer Games is a combination of an illustrated book packaged with a size 4 regulation soccer ball. Featuring 30 games, drills, exercises, instruction, and professional tips from Cobi, Soccer Games is about learning and improving the fundamental skills needed to play soccer. There’s the basic instep kick, with games like Kickoff, Hide and Kick, Touchdown, and 5V2 to improve accuracy and power. A chapter on dribbling, including how to dribble with both feet, the long-distance dribble, and how to shield the ball from a defender. All-important passing skills–the push pass, outside-of-the-foot pass, back heel pass, chip pass, and heading the ball. Plus how to trap, juggle, defend, and be a successful goalkeeper–all of which can be practiced immediately with the soccer ball. Just set up a goal and play! For kids ages 5-10. 55,000 copies in print.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Soccer

30. Creative Physical Activities & Equipment

by: Beverly Davison
Release date: Apr 17, 1998
Number of Pages: 128
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Veteran physical educator Bev Davison knows how to get the biggest bang for her buck. In Creative Physical Activities and Equipment, she shares her secrets of how to expand a physical education or recreation program without exceeding the budget.

Davison’s practical, ready-to-use strategies help you make the most of your budget, no matter how big or small. But the ideas in this book aren’t just easy on the wallet; more equipment means less down time and more opportunities for children to participate and learn.

First, you’ll discover how to make equipment using inexpensive, readily available materials and even trash! Need some pinnies? Grab a pair of scissors and some old towels and start creating! Are old dryer sheets accumulating in the laundry room? Turn them into juggling scarves! All of the equipment is easy to assemble-no mechanical skill is needed. In addition, the book describes dozens of unique games and activities that use this equipment to teach important skills.

Next, the book explains how to use traditional equipment-such as Frisbees and jump ropes-in nontraditional ways and how to extend the life of old or broken equipment, including flat tennis balls and broken badminton racquets. You’ll also learn the art of obtaining free equipment. The book provides information on equipment that’s free for the asking, items that can be obtained by collecting proofs of purchase, and general budget-stretching ideas.

Finally, since some equipment can be quite expensive, fundraising is an occasional necessity. Proving that fundraising does not have to be time-consuming and painful, the book presents ideas for 15 refreshingly creative fundraisers that are easy to organize and execute. Many of them don’t require solicitation by students, which means greater parental support and participation.

A resource no physical education or recreation program should be without, Creative Physical Activities and Equipment can pay for itself after just one use!

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Last updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 4:37 AM

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