All parents want the best for their kids. You want your children to hold their own on the field but also have an imagination that loves getting lost in stories. If your children aren’t big on reading, here are a few books that could change that.
Not all kids fit into the stereotypes of booky or sporty, plenty of kids are both avid readers and avid sports fans. Sports are great for teaching your children important life skills and helping them to stay healthy, but books are a great way to nourish the mind. If your children are not big fans of reading, you may be wondering whether there’s anything you can do to unlock a hidden love of books in them. Well, there is and it could be as simple as finding enjoyable and meaningful books.
Your sports-loving kids may like to read books about sports. There are plenty of novels and fiction books that tell stories about sports, about teams and about challenges on the field. By choosing a subject matter your children can relate to, you might find that they engage more easily with the book. So, here are three books for your little sports fans to get lost in:
1. Summer Kicks: The Soccer Series #1 by Simon Alder
This is the perfect book for any soccer fans out there. The author clearly has a lifelong love of soccer which is present on every page. A gifted striker ends up on the losing team and must work hard to pull their team out of the gutter. This book focuses on the importance of teamwork, good sportsmanship and working together. It’s a motivational read and includes some great positive messages. It’s part of a series, so your child will be able to read more if this one just isn’t enough.
2. The Batboy by Mike Lupica
For any baseball fans out there, Mike Lupica’s, The Batboy, could be just what you need to draw out their inner bookworm. This much-loved book is a hit with children and parents alike. It tackles some of the big issues in modern sports from doping to role models, and allows the reader to investigate these themes further. The lead character, Brian, is the batboy for his hometown team, and his idol has recently joined the team, but will he live up to expectations or prove himself to be nothing short of a let down?
3. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
If you’re looking for a book with a strong female role model, this might be the book for you. Jessica is a runner who gets into a tragic road accident and discovers she may never walk again. Far from letting that stop her, Jessica decides to work harder, to fight back and to dream big. Will she be able to win running competitions after the accident? This book is about determination, it’s about passion, and it’s about following your dreams. A must-read for any sports fan.
Which sports books do your kids love? Share your recommendations in the comment section.