November 25, 2017

Olympic Titles for Kids of All Ages

By Julie Samrick

In anticipation of the 2012 Games, here are some books with Olympic themes for every reader in your family.


How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals

What does it take to earn 8 gold medals? Michael Phelps takes us inside his world: Napping away three summer vacations? Eating enough broccoli to fill the back of a pickup truck? Swimming the length of the Great Wall of China three times? For ages 4 and up



Just in time for the Olympics, a spirited story about losing gracefully.

Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing, and the frustration begins to get to him. For ages 5 and up


London 2012 Games Activity Book

The official junior activity book of the 2012 Olympic Games. This fun activity book celebrates the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It provides puzzles to solve, games to play, and lots of activities including trivia, word searches, photo puzzles, maze challenges, spot-the-difference, quizzes, and 50 stickers of Games action, flags and star athlete portraits. For ages 5 and up

The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2012 Edition

A treasury of 116 years of Olympic history.  In the course of recording every single Olympic final since 1896, it concentrates on the strange, the memorable, and the unbelievable. Who knew (until reading this book) that croquet was once an Olympic sport, or tug of war, or that a 72-year-old once won a silver medal for target shooting? This new edition also has every finals result, recorded by the top eight competitors in every event at the Beijing Olympics, and full descriptions of rules and scoring for every event included for 2012.  For ages 8 and up

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics

Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein is back with another sports mystery featuring Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson—this one set at the summer Olympics in London.  In this book, Susan Carol isn’t a reporter—she’s an Olympian, competing as a swimmer at her first Olympic games. Stevie is both proud and envious of Susan’s athletic ability.  He’s also worried by the agents and sponsors and media all wanting to get up close and personal with Susan Carol.  But the more disturbing question becomes—how far might they go to ensure that Susan wins gold? For ages 10 and up

Gold Medal Summer

Joey Jordan loves gymnastics: the thrill of performing a backflip on the beam, the cheers of the audience when she sticks a landing. But even with all her talent and style, she’s never quite made it to that gold medal stand.

Now big changes shake up Joey’s life in and out of the gym. Joey wants to break out some daring new beam and floor routines–but she’ll have to defy her strict coach to do it. Her best friend, Alex, is thinking about quitting gymnastics for good. And an old friend named Tanner just moved back to town, and he’s suddenly gotten very, very cute. Can Joey handle all the challenges coming her way, and make her gold medal summer happen at last?

Drawing on her real-life experience as a competitive gymnast, Donna Freitas delivers a gymnastics story as well as a classic novel about symbolically finding balance in life. For teen readers


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