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Suggested Sports Fiction by Grade Level

 

Find great sports-themed titles here about everything from football to hockey to horseback riding. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Dino-hockey by Lisa Wheeler

The meat-eating dinosaurs challenge the plant-eating dinosaurs to a hockey match.

Dino-swimming by Lisa Wheeler

Plant-eating dinosaurs compete against meat-eating dinosaurs at a swimming meet.

Gunner, football hero by James Ransome

When short, round Gunner, the third-string quarterback, finally gets to play in a big game, everyone treats him like a hero.

Pete the Cat is ready to play baseball! Pete's team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. But when the game doesn't go Pete's way, what will Pete do?

Tumble bunnies by Kathryn Lasky

Feeling inept in the team sports scheduled for his school's Gymboree, Clyde the rabbit develops his own event, a freestyle tumbling routine with a dazzling move called the "twirly burly."

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Kindergartners.

First Grade

Around the world by John Coy

A gritty game of street basketball expands to similar scenes of kids and hoops in location around the world, from New York to Australia to China, and elsewhere, and then back to New York.

Flat Stanley at bat by Lori Haskins

Flat Stanley excels at baseball, but when the fairness of his skills are questioned, Stanley must decide whether his flatness gives him too much of an advantage.

Follow Charlie Brown in his role as the manager of the losingest baseball team in Little League.

Kick, pass, and run by Leonard P. Kessler

After observing a boy's football game, a group of animals organizes its own teams and game.

Monster games by Melissa Lagonegro

The characters from "Monsters University" compete in the Monster Games.

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For First Graders.

Second Grade

While everyone in Fairyland is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics, Jack Frost's goblins steal the Sports Fairies' magic objects, and Rachel and Kristy must play the goblins' Mean Green Basketball Team to win back Brittany's magic ball.

Geronimo Stilton is not a sportsmouse. Running? Sweating? Not for him.  But when he is assigned to report on the Olympics in Greece, he suspects a mysterious adventure in the making!

As Valentine's Day approaches, the students in Room 2B are preoccupied with kickball and a possible wedding between Horrible Harry and Song Lee.

Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne

Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do.

Owen Foote, soccer star by Stephanie Greene

When eight-year-old Owen and his best friend Joseph join a neighborhood soccer league, they not only face a test of their game skills but also of their friendship.

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Second Graders.

Third Grade

Binky refuses to join his teammates in pre-game warm-ups, until he injures himself while running the bases in a game.

Jinxed! by Kurtis Scaletta

Chad is thrilled to be a batboy for the Pine City Porcupines, even though the team is not doing well, his fellow batboy is less than thrilled about the job, and his favorite player seems to be jinxed.

Quarterback sneak by Jake Maddox

Anton loves playing football until Malik, the talented quarterback, starts acting strange. Instead of working with the team, Malik is just showing off, and the team is starting to lose. Anton thinks it has something to do with the tall guy in sunglasses who keeps showing up to their games. But who is he, and why does Malik care what he thinks? Anton has to fix the problem fast, before the quarterback ruins everything!

Sly uses her detective skills to help her friends solve the case of the soccer switch, the kick craze and the basketball blues.

Softball surprise by Jake Maddox

Jo is disappointed when she is not placed on the Red Angels in the summer softball league -- but when she is offered the chance to switch teams, Jo has to decide if she will leave her friends and play for the "winning" team -- or win with the Sonics.

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Third Graders.

Fourth Grade

Edward "Egg" Garrison and his friends are on a field trip to watch the local minor league baseball team, but a theft at the concession stand is delaying the game, so the four sixth-grade detectives decide to investigate.

The ball hogs by Rich Wallace

Nine-year-old Ben, a natural athlete and member of the Bobcats co-ed soccer team, wants to overcome his inexperience and prove himself on the field, but his obnoxious teammate, Mark, keeps hogging the ball.

Dunk under pressure by Rich Wallace

Free throw specialist Cornell "Dunk" Duncan joins the YMCA summer basketball league all-star team, but after losing his confidence in an important game the seventh-grader makes some decisions about becoming an all-around player.

Hit & miss by Derek Jeter

Young Derek Jeter's friendship with a new student puts him at odds with his friends and seems to be hurting his baseball swing, plus he gets in trouble for confronting a student who is bullying his sister, in violation of the contract with his parents.

George's magic burps threaten to ruin not only his team's chances of winning a class field day, but also his audition to be the fourth-grade sports reporter for his school's new closed-circuit television station.

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Fourth Graders.

Fifth Grade

Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one gigantic (and very, very public) belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone's summer is crummy. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot -- who is not her boyfriend! -- moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up.

Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano

When seventh-grade soccer star LJ befriends Tabitha, who could not be more different from her, LJ learns to curb her competitive nature, which has been slowly alienating her friends.

Sixth-grader Ronald "Cheesie" Mack, finds the best way to earn points against his older sister is to become popular, so he decides to join the cross-country team, help his best friend run for class president, and ignore his sister's attempts to embarrass him.

Game changers by Mike Lupica

When the coach's son, Shawn O'Brien, is chosen to play quarterback, eleven-year-old Ben McBain is not surprised, but when he tries to be a good teammate and help the inconsistent Shawn, he is startled to learn that his new friend does not really want the position.

Kickoff! by Tiki Barber

Tiki and Ronde Barber tryout for the Hidden Valley Eagles football team when they enter junior high.

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Fifth Graders.

Sixth Grade

Owen wins the last spot at the local basketball camp, leaving his twin Russ to join the "Multi-Sport Sampler" camp, but while Russ is inspired to study various sports and make sense of them, Owen is frustrated by not being the star.

Basketball (or something like it) by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel deal with the realities of middle school basketball, including family pressure, a series of coaches with very different personalities and agendas, and what it means to be a team and a friend.

Beyond lucky by Sarah Aronson

Twelve-year-old Ari Fish is sure that the rare trading card he found has changed his luck and that of his soccer team, but after the card is stolen he comes to know that we make our own luck, and that heroes can be fallible.

The crossover by Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Vanishing act by John Feinstein

Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Sixth Graders.

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