Key to abbreviations for age recommendations

  • T=Toddler
  • P=Preschool
  • I=Elementary
  • Y=Young Adult
  • L=For the Librarian
  • += “and up” All ages above the one listed will find the book of interest.

Note: Titles marked (OP) are out of print and may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Many OP books are also available through online book dealers.

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Aardema, Verna. Anansi Finds a Fool. Dial, 1992. (I-Y)
Anansi tries to trick someone else into laying his fish trap, but he is fooled into doing it himself.

Ackerman, Karen. Song and Dance Man. Random House, 2003. (P-I)
Grandpa shows his grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes from his days as a vaudeville entertainer. Stephen Gammell illustrated this 1989 Caldecott Award winner.

Adams, Pam. The Farmer in the Dell. Child’s Play International, 2001. (P)
Holes in the pages reveal the various characters found on the farm in this picture book edition of the classic song.

Adelson, Bruce. Slam Dunk Trivia: Secrets, Statistics, and Little-Known Facts About Basketball. Lerner, 1998. (I-Y)
Entertaining facts and figures about the National Basketball Association and the game of basketball.

Adler, David. America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle. Harcourt, 2000. (I)
With illustrations by Terry Widener, the life of the first woman to swim the English Channel is described.

Adoff, Arnold. The Basket Counts. Simon and Schuster, 2000. (I-Y)
Experience the thrill of basketball through poetry.

Adoff, Arnold. Sports Pages. Lippincott, 1986. (I-Y)
The experiences and feelings of young athletes are shared through poetry.

Aesop. Aesop’s Fables. SeaStar, 2000. (P-I)
Jerry Pinkney illustrates this collection of 60 fables.

Ajmera, Maya. Let the Games Begin! Charlesbridge, 2000. (I)
Young people from around the world focus on various aspects of sports, including overcoming obstacles and teamwork.

Alda, Arlene. Hurry Granny Annie. Tricycle, 1999. (P-I)
In this cumulative tale, three children race after Granny Annie who is running to “catch” something great.

Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. Houghton Mifflin, 1985. (P-I)
The Smedley Tornadoes, the worst team in the state, call on Viola Swamp to get the team in shape.

Anderson, C.W. Blaze and Thunderbolt. Macmillan, 1955. (P-I)
Billy and Blaze travel out West and meet Thunderbolt, the last of the wild horses.

Anderson, Joan. Bat Boy: An Inside Look at Spring Training. Lodestar, 1996. (I)
Follow the San Francisco Giants batboy through a long, arduous, but enjoyable day.

Anderson, Karen C. Games Magazine Junior Kids’ Big Book of Games. Workman, 1990. (I+)
This collection provides 125 games, puzzles, word activities, and more.

Anderson, Peggy Perry. We Go In a Circle. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (T-P)
A retired racehorse starts a new life giving rides to physically challenged children.

Andrews, Sylvia. Dancing in My Bones. Harper, 2001. (T-P)
This lively poem will have the audience tapping and dancing and acting out the words as it is read aloud.

Appelt, Kathi. Incredible Me! Harper, 2003. (P)
From freckles to wiggles, a young girl celebrates her individuality.

Appelt, Kathi. Toddler Two-Step. Harper, 2000. (T)
Pictures of toddlers illustrate counting concepts.

Archambault, John. Boom Chicka Rock. Philomel, 2004. (P-I)
Twelve mice have a party while the cat sleeps.

Armour, Richard. Childcraft Encyclopedia. World Book, 2000. (I+)
This “how to” encyclopedia offers a wealth of information for elementary and middle school students.

Arnold, Marsha Diane. Prancing Dancing Lily. Dial, 2004. (P-I)
When her prancing and dancing leaves the other cows all tangled, Lily sets off to find a place where she fits in.

Arnow, Jan. Louisville Slugger: The Making of a Baseball Bat. Pantheon, 1984. (I)
Through photographs, readers follow the steps involved in making the world-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.

Asch, Frank. Mooncake. Simon and Schuster, 1983. (P)
Bear builds a rocket to take him to the moon so he can taste it.

Asch, Frank. Moongame. Prentice–Hall, 1984. (P)
A little bear plays hide-and-seek with the moon.

Atkins, Jeannine. Get Set! Swim! Lee and Low, 1998. (P-I)
Jessenia is nervous about her first swim meet against a much stronger team from the suburbs.

Auch, Mary Jane. Peeping Beauty. Holiday House, 1993. (P-I)
Poulette the hen decides she wants to be a ballerina.

Baer, Barbara. American Trademark Designs: A Survey With 732 Marks, Logos, and Corporate-Identity Symbols. Dover, 1976. (L)
Logos, marks, and symbols of corporate identity provide inspiration for contemporary design.

Baker, Keith. Hide and Snake. Harcourt, 1991. (T)
A multicolored snake hides amid a variety of household objects challenging the reader to find him through poetic clues.

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. Scholastic, 2004. (Y)
Two eleven-year-old kids become involved in an international art scandal and solve puzzles to find a missing Vermeer painting.

Bang, Molly. Diez, nueve, ocho. Greenwillow, 1997. (T-P)
A father sings a soft lullaby to his daughter while counting down the objects in her room.

Banks, Kate. The Cat Who Walked Across France. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. (P-I)
After his owner dies, a cat wanders across the countryside drawn to the stone house they shared by the edge of the sea.

Bany-Winters, Lisa. Funny Bones: Comedy Games and Activities. Chicago Review, 2002. (I+)
Activities help young people understand characterization, voice, make-up, props, and other elements of comedy.

Bany-Winters, Lisa. On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids. Chicago Review, 1997. (I+)
An assortment of games and activities help children and teens become better thespians.

Barchers, Suzanne I. Multicultural Folktales: Readers Theatre for Elementary Students. Teachers Idea, 2000. (L) (Also available through netLibrary, a Texshare resource.)
Forty folktales, representing a variety of cultures, have been adapted for use with elementary students

Bass, Scott. Girl vs. Wave. Walker, 2005. (P-I)
Ruby wants to be a surfer girl but must overcome her fear of wiping out on a big wave in order to ride the board. This intricate picture book, with illustrations by Julie Collins, includes a brief history of surfing.

Beck, Ian. Five Little Ducks. Henry Holt, 1992. (T-P)
Five little ducks disappear as they swim until mother duck calls them back.

Bell, William. Death Wind. Orca, 2002. (Y)
Failing in school and fearing she is pregnant, a teenage girl runs away with her friend, a skateboard champion.

Bennett, James. The Squared Circle. Scholastic, 1995. (Y)
The pressures of college life and NCAA competition are too much for Sonny and he becomes involved in the seamier side of sports.

Benton, Gail and Trisha Waichulaitis. Ready-to-Go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns, Music and More. Neal-Schuman, 2003. (L)
Six themed programs that include everything needed to present a storytime, including a musical CD.

Berenstain, Stan and Jan Berenstain. The Berenstain Bears’ and the Big Road Race. Random House, 1987. (P)
Colorful cars, including the little red putt-putt, race to the finish line in this concept book.

Berenstain, Stan and Jan Berenstain. The Berenstain Bears’ Cook-it: Breakfast for Mama. Random House, 1996. (P) (OP)
This book includes activities for children and adults to create a special breakfast.

Berenstain, Stan and Jan Berenstain. Ready, Get Set, Go! Random House, 1988. (P-I)
The bears learn about good, better, best while they participate in a mini-Olympics.

Berenstain, Stan and Jan Berenstain. Too Small For The Team. Random House, 2003. (P)
Little sister is told she’s too little to play soccer, so she becomes the team manager instead.

Bertrand, Diane Gonzales. Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup, Caldo, Caldo, Caldo. Piñata, 1996. (P)
While a family anxiously waits to eat a delicious soup the mother is cheerfully preparing, the father and children take a family trip to the store to buy tortillas.

Bishop, Clarie Huchet and Kurt Wiese. Five Chinese Brothers. Coward-McCann, 1938. (P-I)
Five brothers, each with a special talent, escape from angry villagers and live happily ever after by the sea.

Bissinger, H. G. Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Addison Wesley, 1990. (Y+)
Life in Odessa, Texas is driven by high school football. Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, takes an engaging look at the lives of the team and their families.

Bloor, Edward. Tangerine. Harcourt, 1997. (Y)
Paul lives in the shadows of his brother, a football hero, and struggles for the right to play soccer in spite of his visual disability.

Blyton, Enid. Tales of Ancient Greece. Scholastic, 2000. (I+)
Read about all the famous figures from Greek mythology.

Bo, Ben. The Edge. Lerner, 1999. (Y)
Accused of various crimes, a teen gang member is sentenced to work in Glacier National Park, where he turns his skateboarding skills to snowboarding and straightening out his life.

Bocho, Peter. Boxing in Black and White. Henry Holt, 1999. (Y+)
The lives of boxing’s greatest athletes are outlined, along with information on important matches.

Bolden, Tonya. The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali. Knopf, 2004. (I)
A picture biography of Ali delves into what made him famous and infamous. Paintings by R. Gregory Christie make the text accessible to a wide range of readers.

Bonsall, Crosby Newell. The Day I Had to Play With My Sister. Harper, 1999. (P)
A little boy tries to play hide-and-seek with his baby sister, but she does not understand the rules.

Bourgeois, Paulette. Franklin juega al futbol. Lectorum, 1998. (P-I)
Franklin is discouraged that he’s on a losing soccer team. After he and his teammates learn to have fun and practice hard, they score a goal and celebrate. Spanish language edition of Franklin Plays the Game.

Bourgeois, Paulette. Franklin Plays the Game. Kids Can Press, 1996. (P-I)
Franklin is discouraged that he’s on a losing soccer team. After he and his teammates learn to have fun and practice hard, they score a goal and celebrate.

Bowman, James Cloyd. Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time. Whitman, 1937. (I+) (OP)
Stories about the legendary cowboy are compiled in this classic book.

Boynton, Sandra. Rhinoceros Tap. Workman, 2004. (P-I)
This zany collection includes a range of tunes from big band to sailor songs.

Brett, Jan. Fritz and the Beautiful Horses. Houghton Mifflin, 1981. (P-I)
Fritz is not as beautiful as the other prancing ponies, but he is the only horse the city’s children are not afraid to ride.

Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s Sports Day. Scholastic, 1996. (P-I)
Clifford and Emily Elizabeth participate in their school’s sports day and have fun competing in each event.

Bridwell, Norman. Count on Clifford. Scholastic, 1985. (P)
Clifford celebrates his birthday with balloons, birthday gifts, and other items.

Bridwell, Norman. Cuenta con Clifford. Scholastic, 1999. (P)
Clifford celebrates his birthday with balloons, birthday gifts, and other items. Spanish language edition of Count on Clifford.

Bridwell, Norman. El día deportivo de Clifford. Scholastic, 1996. (P-I)
Clifford and Emily Elizabeth participate in their school’s sports day and have fun competing in each event. Spanish language editon of Clifford’s Sports Day.

Briggs, Diane. 101 Fingerplays, Stories, and Songs to Use With Finger Puppets. American Library Association, 1999. (L)
This compilation of songs, stories and rhymes includes patterns for making finger puppets.

Brown, Marc. Arthur and the Race to Read. Little, Brown, 2001. (P-I)
Arthur and his friends race to earn money for their school.

Brown, Marc. D. W. Flips. Little, Brown, 1987. (T-P)
D. W. practices hard to accomplish difficult gymnastics moves.

Brown, Margaret Wise. I Like Stars. Random House, 2004. (P)
A poem describes the kinds of stars that appear in the night sky.

Brown, Margaret Wise. Sailor Boy Jig. McElderry, 2002. (T)
A chunky dog sailor stomps and dances in this rhyming story.

Brown, Ruth. Cry Baby. Dutton, 1997. (P-I)
A little girl out on a walk cries whenever she can’t keep up with her big brothers and sister, but when she discovers that her favorite blanket has unraveled, she also finds out what she can do for herself.

Browne, Anthony. I Like Books. Candlewick, 2004. (T)
A little chimp declares his love for all kinds of books.

Bruchac, Joseph. Turtle’s Race With Beaver. Dial, 2003. (P)
When Beaver’s dam floods Turtle’s home, Turtle reluctantly agrees to a race for a chance to win his home back.

Bruchac, Joseph. The Warriors. Darby Creek, 2003. (I-Y)
A young Algonquin teenager moves from the reservation to a private school where the coach is obsessed with lacrosse.

Bruss, Deborah. Book! Book! Book! Scholastic, 2001. (T-P)
The animals in town go to the library, looking for something to do when all the children have gone back to school.

Bryant, Ray. At the Races: Funtime Rhymes. Barron’s, 2004. (T)
Raymond, the racing car, and four other speedy vehicles are described in verse.

Bunting, Eve. Summer Wheels. Harcourt, 1992. (P-I)
Someone takes advantage of the kindly “Bicycle Man” who fixes and loans bikes to the neighborhood kids.

Burg, Brad. Outside the Lines: Poetry at Play. Putnam, 2002. (P-I)
The words are rolling, swinging, skipping, and bouncing in this illustrated collection of concrete poetry about outdoor activities.

Cabarga, Leslie. Ready-to-Use Trade Symbols and Motifs: 88 Different Copyright-Free Designs Printed One Side. Dover, 1993. (L)
Ready to use copyright-free designs reflect trade symbols for a variety of industries.

Calmenson, Stephanie. Good For You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times. Harper, 2001. (T)
Toddler rhymes for toddler times.

Camp, Lindsay. Keeping Up With Cheetah. Lothrop, 1993. (I)
Cheetah appreciates his relationship with Hippopotamus more when he learns there are qualities in a friend that are more important than being able to run fast.

Carle, Eric. From Head to Toe. Harper, 1997. (T+)
Children are encouraged to exercise by imitating the animal’s movements.

Carle, Eric. La oruga muy hambrienta. Philomel, 1994. (T-I)
A hungry caterpillar grows rapidly as he eats his way through various foods. When he is finally full, the caterpillar forms a chrysalis and evolves into a beautiful butterfly. Spanish language version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Carle, Eric. Pancakes, Pancakes! Simon and Schuster, 1991. (T)
Jack starts with cutting and grinding the wheat when he makes pancakes from scratch.

Carlson, Ann and Mary Carlson. Flannelboard Stories for Infants and Toddlers. ALA, 1999. (P)
A collection of 33 easy to make flannelboard rhymes and stories to use with toddlers, each one with step-by-step instructions and a complete subject and object index.

Carlson, Nancy. ABC, I Like Me! Viking, 1997. (T+)
From “I am awesome” through zooming away, this alphabet book explores self-esteem.

Carlson, Nancy. Arnie and the Skateboard Gang. Viking, 1995. (I)
Learning to do tricks on his new skateboard, Arnie has to decide whether to follow safety rules and risk being labeled “uncool.”

Carlson, Nancy. Harriet’s Recital. Lerner, 1982. (P)
Harriet loves ballet but is terrified of performing in her recital.

Carlson, Nancy. I Like Me! Viking, 1988. (P)
A charming pig proves that the best friend you can have is yourself.

Carlson, Nancy. Louanne Pig in Making the Team. Carolrhoda, 1985. (P-I)
Louanne tries out for cheerleading, and helps her friend try out for football.

Carlson, Nancy. Loudmouth George and the Big Race. Carolrhoda, 1983. (P-I)
After bragging about his capabilities, George procrastinates and by the day of the big race he hasn’t trained at all.

Carlson, Nancy. Bunnies and Their Sports. Viking, 1987. (T-P) (OP)
The bunnies engage in a variety of sports, including mountain climbing and aerobics.

Cart, Michael. Rush Hour: Bad Boys. Delacorte, 2004. (Y)
Each issue of this literary journal, edited by Michael Cart and published in paperback format, features short stories by a wide range of writers. This issue features stories and essays about jocks and other “bad boys.”

Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother? Hyperion, 2002. (Y)
Evan embarks on a personal crusade to convince his high school to change the school’s mascot from an Indian to something less offensive in this story told through free-verse.

Case, Cassandra. Run With Me, Nike! Soundprints, 1999. (I)
Tomas is visiting the Smithsonian Museum when he’s transported back to the Ancient Olympics and finds that he’s a competitor.

Caseley, Judith. Field Day Friday. Greenwillow, 2000. (P-I)
Best friends Mickey and John do everything together, but only one of them can win the medal at Field Day.

Cataneo, David. Peanuts and Crackerjack: A Treasury of Baseball Legends and Lore. Rutledge Hill, 1991. (I-Y)
A collection of stories explores the origins of baseball and all its accoutrements.

Chabon, Michael. Summerland. Hyperion, 2002. (I+)
Little League players gather in a perfect field, in a perfect community, but their Utopia is threatened by the need for a baseball star to combat an ancient enemy.

Chandra, Deborah. A is For Amos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999. (T-P)
Letters of the alphabet represents the different things a little girl encounters as she rides her pony back to the barn.

Charles, Faustin. A Caribbean Counting Book. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. (I-Y)
A collection of rhymes includes songs and games that are chanted in several Caribbean countries.

Cheng, Andrea. Goldfish and Chrysanthemums. Lee and Low, 2003. (P)
A young girl creates a fish pond to remind her grandmother of her home in China.

Christelow, Eileen. Don’t Wake Up Mama! Clarion, 1992. (T-P) (OP)
The five little monkeys try to bake a birthday cake for mama without waking her up.

Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Clarion, 1989. (T-P)
The five little monkeys fall off the bed and bump their heads.

Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (P)
The five little monkeys try to avoid bedtime by playing a game with their babysitter.

Christopher, Matt. Inline Skater. Little, Brown, 2001. (I-Y)
Cris has to choose between extreme inline skating and hockey.

Christopher, Matt. Olympic Dream. Little, Brown, 1996. (I-Y)
Doug, an overweight 14-year-old, discovers cycling during a summer vacation that transforms his life.

Christopher, Matt. Slam Dunk. Little, Brown, 2004. (I-Y)
After a winning season, Julian has to acclimate to a new team, a tough task that is made more difficult because his new teammates spent the previous season on the bench.

Christopher, Matt. Tennis Ace. Little, Brown, 2000. (I-Y)
Even though his father dreams that he’ll be a tennis star, Steve lacks his older sister’s drive.

Cianni, Vincent. We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn’s Southside. New York University Press, 2004. (Y+)
Documentary photographs track a group of Latino in-line skaters.

Climo, Shirley. The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb: A Mexican Fable. Clarion, 1995. (P-I)
A red ant doesn’t think she has the strength to carry a crumb so she finds other animals to help.

Clymer, Eleanor. The Horse in the Attic. Simon and Schuster, 1983. (I)
A painting found in the attic spurs 12-year-old Caroline to research the famous racehorse portrayed.

Cobb, Jane. I’m a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime. Black Sheep, 1996. (L)
63 themed programs for preschool storytimes include rhymes, fingerplays, songs, craft ideas, and games.

Cole, Joanna. Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes. Harper, 1989. (I+)
From “Alice” through “Yellow-Belly,” Cole offers an assortment of rhymes.

Cole, Joanna. Marbles: 101 Ways to Play. Harper, 1998. (I+)
This compilation of games traces the history of marbles and explains the rules of play.

Coles, William E. Another Kind of Monday. Atheneum, 1996. (Y)
Mark finds three hundred dollar bills and a mysterious note in a library book. The clues lead him on a mysterious scavenger hunt and reading pays off.

Cook, Sally. Good Night Pillow Fight. Joanna Cotler, 2004. (T-P)
Through just a few rhyming words and bold illustrations, young readers experience a city getting ready for bed.

Cooper, Cathie Hilterbran. The Storyteller’s Cornucopia. Upstart, 1998. (L)
Practical suggestions for using technology to enhance storytelling are provided for seventy children’s books.

Cooper, Evan. Um, Like... OM: A Girl Goddess’s Guide to Yoga. Little, Brown, 2005. (Y)
The casual approach will entice girls to explore the benefits of yoga.

Cooper, Ilene. Choosing Sides. Puffin, 1992. (I)
Jonathan is a well-rounded twelve-year-old who enjoys sports for the fun of playing. When a gung-ho coach arrives, Jonathan doesn’t want to stay on the team.

Coppage, Keith. Roller Derby to Rollerjam: The Authorized Story of an Unauthorized Sport. Squarebooks, 1999. (Y+)
Roller derby may seem extreme, but its roots began in 1935. With illustrations and photographs, this book traces the history of the sport and its transformation in the late 20th century to rollerjam.

Corey, Shana. Players in Pigtails. Scholastic, 2003. (I)
A little-known verse of the popular song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” celebrates a baseball-crazed girl and her enthusiasm for the sport.

Corwin, Oliver. Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon. Harry N. Abrams, 2002. (P-I)
Tired of being teased about his lack of speed, Tortoise challenges Hare to a race to the moon.

Couric, Katie. The Blue Ribbon Day. Doubleday, 2004. (P-I)
Two friends try out for the soccer team. Only one makes it. but the other discovers another talent.

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy Dresses Up. Candlewick, 1999. (T-P)
Maisy must change outfits in order to get ready for Tallulah’s costume party.

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy Goes Swimming. Little, Brown, 1990. (T-P)
Maisy can’t wait to go swimming, but she needs help changing into her colorful swimsuit. By lifting the flaps and pulling the tabs readers help Maisy get ready.

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy Goes to the Playground. Candlewick, 1992. (T-P)
Pull the tabs and lift the flaps to see what fun Maisy has at the playground.

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy’s Pool. Candlewick, 1999. (T-P)
Limited space means all of her friends can’t fit into Maisy’s pool so she finds a water game they all can enjoy.

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy’s Rainbow Dream. Candlewick, 2003. (T-P)
Unique animals and objects help readers explore Maisy’s colorful dream.

Coy, John. Crackback. Scholastic, 2005. (Y)
A high school football player learns that his teammates are taking steroids and he’s faced with a dilemma: does he bow to peer pressure and do what it takes to win, or does he do the right thing?

Crews, Donald. Bicycle Race. Greenwillow, 1985. (P)
The ninth bicyclist in a race tries to catch up after her bike breaks down.

Crews, Donald. Freight Train / Tren de carga. Greenwillow, 2003. (T-I)
This colorful concept book shows the movement of a train traveling through tunnels and trestles.

Crossingham, John and Bobbie Kalman. Extreme Sports. Crabtree, 2004. (I-Y)
From kayaking to cliff diving, facts and photographs provide information about a range of extreme sports. Other titles in the series focus on specific sports.

Crutcher, Chris. Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories. Greenwillow, 1991. (Y)
Six gritty, no-holds-barred stories that deal with some of sport’s weightier issues, including racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk. Greenwillow, 2001. (Y)
A multi-racial teen, named The Tao, shuns organized sports but agrees to form a swim team, recruiting some of the school’s least popular kids to join.

Curlee, Lynn. Ballpark: The Story of America’s Baseball Fields. Atheneum, 2005. (I)
The history and cultural significance of some of the country’s most beloved ballparks provides a unique look at the nation’s game.

Curtis, Jamie Lee. I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. Joanna Cotler, 2002. (P+)
Alternating between a young girl’s view and a young boy’s, readers discover that liking yourself is the secret to feeling good.

Cutler, Jane. The Birthday Doll. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. (I)
Franny receives a fancy new doll and an old rag doll for her birthday and soon discovers the difference between the two.

Davis, Lambert. Swimming With Dolphins. Blue Sky, 2004. (P-I)
A mother and daughter spend their day swimming in the ocean with the dolphins.

Davis, Robin W. Toddle On Over: Developing Infant and Toddler Literature Programs. Alleyside, 1998. (L)
53 themed programs for toddlers support literature-based programs.

de Brunhoff, Laurent. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. Abrams, 2002. (P-I)
This lighthearted yoga guide includes a pullout guide with Babar demonstrating yoga techniques and positions.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Library Dragon. Peachtree, 1994. (P-I)
The new librarian is a real fire-breathing dragon who, upon learning to trust kids with the books, is transformed into Miss Lotty, librarian and storyteller.

Delacre, Lulu. Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina. Scholastic, 1989. (P+)
This bilingual collection of Hispanic songs, fingerplays, and rhymes includes musical arrangements and lovely illustrations.

Delamar, Gloria T. Children’s Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms. McFarland, 1983. (L)
This comprehensive collection of activities and rhymes has something to supplement almost any unit or theme.

Delton, Judy. I Never Win. Carolrhoda, 1991. (P-I) (OP)
Charlie learns that being a winner doesn’t always mean getting a prize.

DePaola, Tomie. Hide and Seek All Week. Grosset and Dunlap, 2001. (P)
Morgie and Moffie can’t agree on the rules for hide and seek.

DePaola, Tomie. Oliver Button is a Sissy. Harcourt, 1979. (P-I)
People think Oliver is a sissy until he shows himself to be a fine tap dancer in a talent show.

DePaola, Tomie. Pancakes for Breakfast. Harcourt, 1978. (P-I)
This wordless book follows the difficulties a country woman encounters while trying to make pancakes.

Deuker, Carl. Heart of a Champion. Harper, 1999. (Y)
Two friends live and breathe baseball, but when Jimmy is thrown off the team for drinking, their friendship becomes strained.

Dixon, Franklin W. The Competitive Edge (Hardy Boys Case Files 111). Simon Pulse, 1996. (I-Y)
Someone is trying to sabotage the 1996 Olympic games and the Hardy Boys run around Atlanta trying to find the culprit.

Donovan, Gail. Ready, Set, Swim! North-South, 2002. (P-I)
Rainbow fish and all his friends learn how much fun their games are when everyone is a good sport.

Doyle, Malachy. Splash, Joshua, Splash! Bloomsbury, 2004. (T-P)
Joshua shows Granny how much fun it is to splash in the swimming pool, and in other places, too.

Duane, Daniel. El Capitan: Historic Feats and Radical Routes. Chronicle, 2000. (Y+)
A climber recounts the history, challenges, and triumphs of those who conquered one of the world’s most challenging rocks.

Dueker, Carl. On the Devil’s Court. Avon, 1991. (Y)
Like the legendary Dr. Faustus, high school senior Joe Faust has made a pact with the devil—a full season in exchange for his soul.

Durant, Alan. Sports Stories. Kingfisher, 2003. (Y)
Twenty-one stories by Walter Dean Myers, Matt Christopher, and other traditional and contemporary authors deal with sports ranging from soccer and football to tennis and kart racing.

Eagle, Michael. The Marathon Rabbit. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985. (P-I) (OP)
To the surprise and dismay of the other runners, a rabbit enters a big city marathon.

Eck, Kristine. Bicycle Stunt Riding!: Catch Air. Rosen, 1999. (Y)
In addition to a history of the sport, this book offers information about gear, safety, stunts, and competition.

Editors of Klutz. The Solar Car Book: A Complete Build-It-Yourself Solar Car Kit Including All the Parts, Instructions and Pain-Free Science. Klutz, 2001. (L)
This kit-based book includes everything needed to create a model solar car is included, along with information about the history and science of solar powered vehicles..

Editors of Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated: Hot Shots: 21st Century Sports Photography. Sports Illustrated, 2004. (Y+)
This colorful look at fifty years of sports photography captures some of the most memorable moments in sports. For the adult collection, but the book will also be of interest to young adults.

Editors of Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated 1954-2004: Fifty Years of Great Writing. Sports Illustrated, 2004. (Y+)
Some of the greatest writers, including Thomas McGuane, Jimmy Breslin, and Garrison Keillor wrote for Sports Illustrated. The best of the best are collected and the stories range from the ridiculous, such as rattlesnake roundups, to the truly memorable, as when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.

Ehlert, Lois. Growing Vegetable Soup / A sembrar sopa de verduras. Libros Viajeros, 1996. (T-I)
Bright vivid pictures show the gardening cycle, and a recipe for vegetable soup pulls it all together.

Ely, Lesley. Looking After Louis. Whitman, 2004. (P)
Louis is autistic and doesn’t interact with the class until a classmate finds a way for him to play soccer.

Elya, Susan Middleton. Eight Animals Play Ball. Putnam, 2003. (P-I)
Eight friends find that baseball is a game that they can all play together.

Emra, Bruce. Sports in Literature. NTC, 1990. (Y)
This compilation of stories, essays, poetry, and biographies includes selections by notable authors John Updike and Chaim Potok that will help readers recognize sports as a metaphor for the human experience.

Esckilsen, Erik E. Offsides. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (Y)
His coach and the other students see the Warriors as a symbol of glory and bravery, but Tom, a Mohawk, feels that the stereotype betrays his heritage. Tom has to decide whether to play soccer, and betray his heritage, or abandon the sport he loves.

Everitt, Betsy. Mean Soup. Harcourt, 1992. (P-I)
When Horace arrives home after a very bad day at school, his mother whips up a “mean soup” recipe that becomes a remedy.

Farrell, John. It’s Just a Game. Boyds Mills, 1999. (P-I)
When the coaches and parents start to argue, the kids on the soccer team remind everyone “it’s just a game.”

Feinstein, John. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery. Knopf, 2005. (Y)
Two teens win a trip to the Final Four in a writing contest and overhear a conspiracy to throw the game and become enmeshed in a mystery to expose the culprits. Real life figures make cameo appearances in the story, which is written by an award-winning sports writer.

FitzGerald, Dawn. Getting in the Game. Roaring Brook, 2005. (I-Y)
Joanna wants to play ice hockey and she is determined to get in the game, even though it means facing opposition from the all-male team, the coach, and everyone else except one friend.

Fitzgerald, Ella. A-tisket A-tasket. Philomel, 2003. (P-I)
Fitzgerald’s sassy nursery rhyme song comes alive with colorful illustrations.

Floca, Brian. The Racecar Alphabet. Atheneum, 2003. (P-I)
Each letter is used in an alliterative sentence to describe racecars, past and present.

Foland, Constance M. Flying High, Pogo! American Girl, 2002. (I)
Pogo lives for gymnastics, so it’s a dream come true when she’s selected for a prestigious summer camp. Since her parent’s can’t afford the tuition, she devises an assortment of moneymaking schemes, including being a roller-blading delivery girl.

Ford, Michael. You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Greek Athlete: Races You’d Rather Not Run. Watts, 2004. (I)
Funny, gross, but totally accurate facts about being a Greek Olympian are seen through the eyes of a young boy in training.

Forde, Catherine. Fat Boy Swim. Random House, 2004. (Y)
Grossly obese, fourteen-year-old Jimmy has endured years of humiliation. Things change when a coach teaches him to swim. As he swims, he loses weight and gains self-confidence.

Fredericks, Anthony D. Frantic Frogs and Other Frankly Fractured Folktales for Readers Theater. Teacher Idea Press, 2002. (L) (Also available through netLibrary, a Texshare resource.)
Twenty scripts are guaranteed to produce giggles.

French, Stephanie. The Cheerleading Book. McGraw-Hill, 1995. (I+)
Jumps, cheers, and other routines are demonstrated. The book includes two pom poms.

Fujita, Hiroko. Stories to Play With: Kids’ Tales Told With Puppets, Paper, Toys and Imagination. August House, 1999. (L)
This collection of simple stories for storytime includes suggestions for ingenious props made from a wide variety of materials.

Gallo, Don. Ultimate Sports. Delacorte, 1995. (Y)
Sixteen stories about teenage athletes engaged in a variety of sports.

George, Jean Craighead. Cliff Hanger. Harper, 2002. (I)
When Axel’s dog, Grits, is stranded on a mountain ledge, he and his father make a difficult climb to save the dog. Wendell Minor’s illustrations capture the beauty of the Teton Mountains.

George, Kristen O’Connell. Book! Clarion, 2001. (T)
A child discovers the magic of a book.

George, Kristine O’Connell. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems. Clarion, 2001. (P-I)
Thirty simple poems capture the smell of the smoke, the bite of mosquitoes, and the taste of camping.

George, Paul. George’s Breakfast. Firefly, 2000. (T)
George the dog is eager for breakfast but encounters some trouble when he attempts to set the table.

Geras, Adele. Time For Ballet. Dial, 2004. (T-P)
Tilly and other preschoolers practice their moves for the upcoming recital.

Gibbons, Gail. My Baseball Book. Harper, 2000 (P-I)
Illustrations and brief text explain the rules and techniques of baseball.

Gibbons, Gail. My Soccer Book. Harper, 2000. (P-I)
Illustrations and brief text explain the rules and techniques of soccer.

Glaser, Byron and Sandra Higashi. Bonz Inside-Out. Abrams, 2003. (P)
Based on the Bonz™ toy, this is an introduction to the body’s bones.

Gleason, Roger. Seeing for Yourself: Techniques and Projects for Beginning Photographers. Chicago Review, 1992. (Y+)
This hands-on basics of photography will help beginners improve their techniques.

Glenn, Mel. Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems. Dutton, 1997. (Y)
Through a series of poems, readers follow a basketball team’s successes and failures.

Glick, Susan. One Shot. Henry Holt, 2003. (Y)
Working in a riding stable doesn’t allow much time for lounging at the pool, but then Lorrie gets a job working for a famous photographer.

Goin, Kenn. Football for Fun. Compass Point, 2003. (I)
Learn the basics of the game and meet some of the stars.

Gorman, Carol and Ron J. Findley. Stumptown Kid. Peachtree, 2005. (I)
Twelve-year-old Charlie forms an unlikely friendship with a black baseball player, who agrees to coach the neighborhood team for an important game.

Grayson, Marion. Let’s Do Fingerplays. R. B. Luce, 1962. (L)
This collection of traditional fingerplays for many storytime themes.

Greenfield, Eloise. For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me. Harper, 1997. (I)
A poem, with illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, serves as a tribute to the basketball great while inspiring readers to follow their dreams.

Gutman, Anne. Los colores. Ed. Juventud, 2003. (T-P)
Colorful animals are introduced through dialogue between a child and father.

Gutman, Dan. Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. Harper, 1997. (I)
While cleaning out a dusty attic, Joe finds the world’s most valuable baseball card and it whisks him back in time to the 1909 World Series.

Haas, Jessie. Birthday Pony. Greenwillow, 2004. (I)
Jane spends the summer at riding camp learning equestrian skills.

Hamm, Mia. Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life. Harper, 1999. (I)
An inspirational message from a soccer star is intertwined with step-by-step information on improving skills.

Hamm, Mia. Winners Never Quit! Harper, 2004. (P)
When little Mia quits during a soccer game because she isn’t winning, her siblings decide to teach her a lesson. This autobiographical story explains how Hamm learned to lose gracefully.

Henderson, Kathy. And the Good, Brown, Earth. Candlewick, 2004. (P)
Through the seasons, Joe and his grandmother tend the garden.

Herrera, Juan Felipe. Featherless / Desplumado. Children’s Book Press, 2004. (I)
Spina bifida keeps Tomasito wheelchair bound but doesn’t stop him from playing soccer.

Hest, Amy. Guess Who, Baby Duck! Candlewick, 2004. (P)
Duck’s grandfather cheers her up on a rainy day by showing her family photographs.

Hest, Amy. Make the Team, Baby Duck. Candlewick, 2002. (T-P)
Baby Duck wishes she could join the swim time but is reluctant to swim.

Hill, Eric. El cumpleaños de Spot. Putnam, 1987. (T-P)
Spot plays hide and seek on his birthday. After finding all his friends, Spot can open his gifts in the company of his guests. Spanish language version of Spot’s Birthday Party.

Hill, Eric. ¿Dónde está Spot? Putnam, 1987. (T-P)
Spot’s mother is searching for him and behind each flap she discovers lively animals hiding. Spanish language version of Where’s Spot?

Hill, Eric. Spot Can Count. Putnam, 1999. (T-P)
In this “lift-the-flap” book, Spot counts animals from one to ten.

Hill, Eric. Spot va a la granja. Putnam, 1987. (T-P)
Spot is greeted by all the animals with their distinct sounds as he searches for baby animals on the farm. Spanish language version of Spot Goes to the Farm.

Hill, Eric. Spot va a la playa. Putnam, 1987. (T-P)
Spot enjoys a day at the beach with his mother and father and makes a new friend. Spanish language version of Spot Goes to the Beach.

Hill, Labin. X Games Xtreme Mysteries: Spiked Snow. Hyperion, 1998. (I-Y)
A group of teens go to the Winter X Games and become involved in a mystery. Number 7 in the Xtreme Mysteries series.

Hoena, B. A. A Visit to the Library. Capstone, 2003. (P-I)
Simple facts introduce young children to the public library.

Holabird, Katherine. Angelina Ballerina. Crown, 1983. (P)
A little mouse, determined to be a ballerina, dances all over her house.

Homzie, H. B. The Baby-Sitters Wore Diapers. Aladdin, 2003. (I)
Barton and Nancy can’t baby-sit because they are competing in a skateboard competition, so clones take their place.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Opening Days: Sports Poems. Harcourt, 1996. (I-Y)
Eighteen poems connect with personal performance in sports.

Horowitz, Anthony. Skeleton Key. Philomel, 2003. (Y)
Teen spy Alex Rider is recruited off the soccer field to investigate irregularities at the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois. Holiday House, 1998. (I-Y)
By focusing on a 13-year-old Iroquois player, readers learn about the traditions, rules, and history of this international sport.

Hughes, Dean. Play Ball. Atheneum, 1999. (I)
Robbie and Wilson hastily assemble a rag tag team to play baseball during the summer.

Hutchins, Pat. The Doorbell Rang. Greenwillow, 1986. (T-I)
Mother makes cookies for Victoria and Sam. Each time the doorbell, rings more people arrive to share them.

Hutchins, Pat. Happy Birthday, Sam. Greenwillow, 1978. (P-I)
Sam is anxious to grow taller and is suddenly surprised by a gift that will help him accomplish some of his goals.

Hutchins, Pat. Rosie’s Walk. Simon and Schuster, 1968. (T-I)
Unknown to Rosie, she is in a race for her life!

Hutchins, Pat. What Game Shall We Play? Greenwillow, 1990. (P)
The forest animals search for each other as they try to decide what game to play.

Idea Logical Company. The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Baseball Quizzes. Sterling, 1999. (I+)
600 brain-twisting questions will test the knowledge of even die-hard fans.

Irvine, Joan. How to Make Super Pop-ups. Harper, 1992. (I+) (OP)
Step-by-step instructions help anyone become a pop-up artist.

Isadora, Rachel. Not Just Tutus. Putnam, 2003. (T-P)
The hard work and details that go into a ballet performance are described through short sentences and pastel illustrations of young aspiring ballerinas.

Isadora, Rachel. On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC. Greenwillow, 2003. (T-P)
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an element of ballet, from Arabesque to a zipper on a dress.

Isadora, Rachel. Peekaboo Morning. Putnam, 2002. (T)
A child sees many familiar faces in a game of peek-a-boo.

Janeczko, Paul B. A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems. Candlewick, 2001. (I+)
Play with words and watch them move around the page and become poetry in this delightful collection of 30 concrete poems, with illustrations by Chris Raschka.

Janeczko, Paul B. That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems. Atheneum, 1998. (I+)
Janeczko has assembled an assortment of baseball poems describing everything from the locker room to the last strike out.

Jay, Betsy. Swimming Lessons. Rising Moon, 1998. (I)
A young girl with many excuses for not taking swimming lessons finally jumps into the water for a very good reason.

Jeffers, Oliver. How to Catch a Star. Philomel, 2004. (P)
A young boy loves the stars so much that he decides to catch one. In a surprising ending, he does just that!

Jeffers, Susan. My Pony. Hyperion, 2003. (T-P)
A little girl imagines owning and riding a beautiful silver pony.

Jennings, Patrick. Out Standing in My Field. Scholastic, 2005. (I)
Named for baseball legend Ty Cobb, not only is Ty not living up to his namesake, he’s being bested by his sister.

Jonas, Ann. Color Dance. Harper, 1989. (P+)
Three dancers show how primary colors combine to create different colors.

Jones, Alanna. Team-Building Activities for Every Group. Rec Room Publishing, 1999. (L)
Games and activities that encourage cohesion and teamwork will work with all kinds of groups.

Jones, Charlie. If Winning Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It: 365 Motivational Quotes For Athletes. Andrews McMeel, 2002. (L)
Quotes from athletes and coaches from every conceivable sport are included in this collection.

Jones, Melanie Davis. Field Day. Scholastic, 2004. (P-I)
Several children participate in many fun field day activities in this beginning reader,

Jordan, Deloris. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream. Simon and Schuster, 2000. (I)
Michael’s mother shares stories about the determination that helped the shortest boy on the team achieve his dream.

Jorgensen, Gail. Gotcha! Scholastic, 2002. (P+)
Bertha Bear races around trying to get rid of a fly that wants to “dive bomb” her birthday cake.

Kalman, Bobbie. Breakfast Blast: Step-by-Step Recipes. Crabtree, 2003. (I)
Easy, healthy recipes help explain why breakfast is important.

Karr, Kathleen. The Boxer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. (Y)
Even though it is illegal to box in New York in 1885, 15-year-old Johnny is desperate to win the prize money he needs to support his mother, brothers, and sisters.

Kauchak, Therese. Good Sports: Winning, Losing, and Everything in Between. American Girl, 1999. (I)
This behind-the-scenes look at sports helps girls understand what it means to be a good sport.

Kellogg, Steven. A-Hunting We Will Go! Morrow, 1998. (P-I)
In this modern version of a classic song, the kids get ready for bedtime.

Kennedy, X. J. Elympics: Poems. Philomel, 1999. (P-I)
Readers learn about various summer and winter Olympic events through thirteen poems that emphasize good sportsmanship, illustrated with elephant athletes.

Kennett, David. Olympia: Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece. Walker, 2001. (I-Y)
With a format that resembles a graphic novel, Kennett explores the roots of the Olympics and the games that were all related to skills required for war and fighting.

Kent, Jack. The Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale. Parents Magazine Press, 1971. (P-I)
A cumulative Danish folktale about a cat that eats everything he sees until a woodcutter stops him.

Kessler, Leonard. Kick, Pass, and Run. Harper, 1996. (P-I)
Beginning readers will learn a lot about the rules of the game in this simple story about a group of forest animals that finds a stray football.

Kessler, Leonard. Old Turtle’s Soccer Team. Greenwillow, 1988. (P+)
Old Turtle teaches his soccer team some basic skills after they lose to another team.

Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi Goes Fishing. Holiday House, 1992. (P-I)
Anansi the spider attempts to trick his friend turtle into doing all the work - catching fish and cooking dinner.

Kirk, David. Miss Spider’s New Car. Scholastic, 1997. (P-I)
Miss Spider and her husband meet many used car “salesbugs” when they shop for a car.

Klass, David. Wrestling with Honor. Lodestar, 1989. (Y)
The captain of the wrestling team unwillingly takes a mandatory drug test and fails. When he refuses to retake the test, his friends and teammates are resentful of his actions and misunderstand the reasons for refusal.

Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding. Viking, 1992. (I)
Harry stages a wedding with his friend Song Lee but his classmates think he is going to marry his soccer ball. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry Goes to Sea. Viking, 2001. (I)
After a class discussion about the Titanic, Harry and his friends set sail on the Connecticut River. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Koch, Ed and Pat Koch Thaler. Eddie: Harold’s Little Brother. Putnam, 2004. (P-I)
No matter how hard he tries, Eddie can never be a terrific athlete like his brother, but learns that he can still be a champion at something else. Based on the childhood memories of the former mayor of New York City, the book is illustrated by James Warhola.

Koertge, Ron. Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. Candlewick, 2003. (Y)
Forced to stay home while recovering from mononucleosis, a MVP first baseman turns to writing poetry.

Kolar, Bob. Racer Dogs. Dutton, 2003. (T-P)
Cartoon-like dogs of indeterminable breeds race their colorful cars through the city and countryside in this charming rhyming story.

Konigsburg, E. L. The View from Saturday. Atheneum, 1996. (I)
Four sixth-graders are chosen by their teacher to representative their school in the Academic Bowl. Practice, drills, and strategic planning prepare the team to compete as well as any athlete.

Konzak, Burt. Samurai Spirit: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life. Tundra, 2002. (Y)
Tales of Japanese samurai warriors demonstrate the physical fitness, strength, and concentration required to be a successful martial artist, or to simply improve your self.

Korman, Gordon. The Chicken Doesn’t Skate. Scholastic, 1996. (I)
Henrietta is the key component of Milo’s science-fair project on food chains, but when the chicken becomes the hockey team’s mascot, the players set out to save her from becoming the final link.

Korman, Gordon. The Last-Place Sports Poems of Jeremy Bloom: A Collection of Poems About Winning, Losing, and Being a Good Sport (Sometimes). Scholastic, 1996. (I)
Various poetry forms are represented in this mix of short narrative chapters and humorous poems about a group of boys who are forced to sign up for a poetry class when they wanted to register for sports teams.

Korman, Gordon. The Summit. Scholastic, 2002. (Y)
Four kids compete to become the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest.

Krabbe, Tim. The Rider. Bloomsbury, 2002. (Y+)
This literary masterpiece describes the details of a 150-kilometer bike race.

Kroll, Virginia. Boy, You’re Amazing! Whitman, 2004. (T+)
Rhyming text celebrates the many things that boys can achieve.

Kroll, Virginia. Girl, You’re Amazing! Whitman, 2001. (T+)
Rhyming text celebrates the many things that girls can achieve.

Krulik, Nancy. Love and Sk8. Simon Pulse, 2004. (Y)
A tough, girl skater works to build a community skateboard park and disengage herself from a group of renegade skateboarders.

Krull, Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited. Harcourt, 1996. (P-I)
Born with multiple ailments, Wilma Rudolph was never expected to walk, much less run. With fierce determination and perseverance, she overcame a bout with polio to become the first American woman to win three gold medals during a single Olympic competition. Illustrations by David Diaz highlight the story of this track and field star.

Kurtz, Jane. Bicycle Madness. Henry Holt, 2003. (I-Y)
Frances Willard, a feminist who defied convention, also dared to ride a bicycle as part of her fight for women’s rights. Told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl, this tale combines history and fiction.

La Prise, Larry, Charles P. Macak, and Taftt Baker. The Hokey Pokey. Simon and Schuster, 1997. (T+)
A colorful rendition of the popular dance includes a variety of people and animals dancing.

Lake, Sanoe and Steven Jarrett. Surfer Girl: A Guide to the Surfing Life. Little, Brown, 2005. (Y)
Lake, a surfer who appeared in the movie, Blue Crush, provides a comprehensive guide to surfing, including equipment, safety, and technique. She also offers advice specifically aimed at girls who want to enjoy the sport.

Lane, Lindsey. Snuggle Mountain. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. (T-P)
Emma must climb Snuggle Mountain to wake the two-headed giant in order to have pancakes for breakfast.

Lankford, Mary. Hopscotch Around the World. Harper, 1992. (I)
Nineteen forms of this popular game are demonstrated and its history, reaching back to ancient Rome, is explained.

Lankford, Mary. Jacks Around the World. Harper, 1996. (I)
This international game is played in many countries and the variations are clearly explained and illustrated.

Lansford, Sandy and Bob Langrish. The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia. Kingfisher, 2004. (I-Y)
Packed with pictures, this comprehensive guide explains everything about horseback riding and horsemanship.

Lasky, Kathryn. The Librarian Who Measured the Earth. Little, Brown, 1994. (I)
Eratosthenes was a scholar, geographer, astronomer, and librarian in the third century B.C.,

Lattig-Ehlers, Laurie. Canoeing. Picture Book Studio, 1986. (I-Y)
Describes sights and sounds of a quiet canoe journeying down the river at dusk are described.

Lazell, Marguerite. Tour De France: the Illustrated History. Firefly, 2003. (Y+)
Action-filled photographs highlight the athletes and organizers of this annual race across France.

Lessac, Frane. Camp Granada: Sing-along Camp Songs. Henry Holt, 2003. (P-Y)
The lyrics for an assortment of 30 popular camp songs are gathered in this book.

Lester, Julius and Jerry Pinkney. Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story. Dial, 1998. (P-I)
This story of a cowboy who captures a herd of mustangs is based on the life of the African-American Mustang herder, Bob Lemmon.

Levine, Anna. Running on Eggs. Front Street, 1999. (I-Y)
Two girls are members of a mixed Arab and Israeli track team in Israel and become friends in spite of their parents’ disapproval.

Lewis, J. Patrick. Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape. Atheneum, 1998. (I+)
The poems in this collection appear in the shape of the subject.

Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. Knopf, 1963. (P-I)
A little fish shows the other fish how they can protect themselves by swimming together.

Little, Jean. Once Upon a Golden Apple. Viking, 1991. (P) (OP)
A father reads his children fairy tales but quickly mixes up the stories with funny results.

Lohnes, Marilyn. Fractured Fairy Tales: Puppet Plays and Patterns. Upstart, 2002. (L)
A collection of ten fractured fairy tales have been turned into puppet plays, complete with scripts and puppet making patterns.

London, Jonathan. Froggy Gets Dressed. Viking, 1992. (P-I)
Instead of taking a nap, Froggy wants to play in the snow, but he has to keep coming back inside to add a piece of clothing. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

London, Jonathan. Froggy juega al fútbol. Lectorum, 2001. (P-I)
Froggy is so excited about playing in the big game that he forgets the rules and catches the ball with his hands. Spanish language version of Froggy Plays Football, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

London, Jonathan. Froggy Learns to Swim. Viking, 1995. (P-I)
Froggy doesn’t want to swim until Mother coaxes him into the water and shows him how. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

London, Jonathan. Froggy Plays Soccer. Viking, 1999. (P-I)
Froggy is so excited about playing in the big game that he forgets the rules and catches the ball with his hands. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

London, Jonathan. Froggy’s Day with Dad. Viking, 2004. (P-I)
Froggy spends some special time with his father and they go to the park, play miniature golf, and ride the bumper cars. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

London, Jonathan. Let’s Go, Froggy. Viking, 1994. (P-I)
One sunny morning, Froggy’s dad suggests a bicycle trip but the young amphibian can’t find all his gear. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

London, Jonathan. Wiggle Waggle. Harcourt, 1999. (T-I)
Through a series of questions and answers, children learn how different animals walk.

Longo, Frank A. The New York Times on the Web Crosswords for Teens. St. Martin’s, 2002. (Y)
One of the only crossword books specifically aimed at teens, this collection features puzzles on a variety of themes that will entertain and educate.

Lopshire, Robert. How to Make Flibbers, etc.: A Book of Things to Make and Do. Random House, 1964. (L) (OP)
This easy-to-read collection of crafts includes some with very odd names.

Lord, Trevor. Big Book of Race Cars. Dorling Kindersly, 2001. (P-I)
Large photographs of many racecars combined with short paragraphs with facts that are scattered around the pages make this a sure-fire hit.

Lupica, Mike. Travel Team. Philomel, 2004. (I-Y)
Although Danny is a basketball fanatic, when he doesn’t qualify for the traveling team, he fails to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Lynch, Chris. The Iceman. Harper, 1994. (Y)
Eric lives to play ice hockey but faces a crisis of conscience about the violence displayed by many team members, including himself.

MacDonald, Andy. Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder. Simon Spotlight, 2003. (Y)
This autobiography of one of skateboarding’s premier stars emphasizes his struggles as a young man and the practice it took to perfect the death-defying stunts that brought him fame.

MacGregor, Roy. The Quebec City Crisis. Tundra, 1998. (I-Y)
The Screech Owls, a hockey team, are playing in the Peewee Invitational, but someone is trying to terrorize them into losing.

Macguire, Jack. Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, and Ha Ha Ha: A Rulebook of Children’s Games. Fireside, 1990. (L)
Rules and step-by-step instructions for more than 250 games ensure that children will be entertained.

Mack, Tracy. Birdland. Scholastic, 2003. (Y)
After his brother’s death, a 14-year-old boy finds solace making a video documentary about his New York City neighborhood.

Macy, Sue. A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Puffin, 1995. (I-Y)
Popularized by the movie, A League of Their Own, this is the real story about an obscure chapter in American sports.

Mak, KamMy Chinatown: One Year in Poems. Harper, 2002. (I-Y)
A boy adjusts to city life away from his home in Hong Kong when he moves to an American Chinatown.

Malone, Peter. Star Shapes. Chronicle, 1996. (P)
Illustrations and rhyming text describe animal constellations seen in the night sky.

Mammano, Julie. Rhinos Who Surf. Chronicle, 1996. (I)
Rhinos get up early and have fun riding the waves.

Marino, Jane. Babies in the Library! Scarecrow, 2003. (L)
This is a collection of lapsit programs with rhymes and fingerplays.

Marsh, Valerie. Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw and Fold. Alleyside, 1993. (L)
This collection offers 22 stories to tell with folded paper.

Marsh, Valerie. Storyteller’s Sampler. Highsmith, 1996. (L)
This collection of twenty tales demonstrates various storytelling methods, including paper cutting, sign language, mystery fold, story puzzles, and storyknifing.

Marshall, James. The Cut-Ups Carry On. Viking, 1990. (P)
Spud and Joe are forced by their mothers to take ballroom dancing lessons.

Martin, Bill, Jr. Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? Henry Holt, 1998. (T-P)
Eric Carle’s tissue paper collage helps young reader’s discover a variety of animals mentioned in Martin’s rhyming text. Spanish language version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Martin, Bill, Jr. and Michael Sampson. Little Granny Quarterback. Boyds Mills, 2001. (P)
When her team needs her help during the big game, former star quarterback Granny Whiteoak springs into action despite her aches and pains.

Martin, Bill, Jr. and John Archambault. Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round. Henry Holt, 1988. (T-P)
The staggered meter of the rhyming text and watercolor illustrations by Ted Rand perfectly describe a ride on merry-go-round horses.

Martin, David. Piggy and Dad Go Fishing. Candlewick, 2005. (T-P)
Piggy is excited about his first fishing trip until he has to bait the hook. Unable to harm the smiling creature, Piggy uses bread instead. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Martin, David. Piggy and Dad Play. Candlewick, 2001. (T-P)
Piggy and his father spend the day playing ball, sledding, and drinking lemonade. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Martino, Alfred C. Pinned. Harcourt, 2005. (Y)
Alternating stories introduce two talented athletes whose lives converge at the wrestling championship finals.

Marzollo, Jean. Shanna’s Ballerina Show. Hyperion, 2002. (T-P)
Shanna, a spunky African-American girl, and her friends put on a dazzling show.

Masurel, Claire. Diez perros en la tienda: un libro para contar. Ediciones Norte- Sur, 2000. (T-P)
Ten dogs wait in a pet store window until one by one they go home with people who look remarkably like them. Spanish language version of Ten Dogs in the Window.

Matas, Carol. Rosie in Chicago: Play Ball! Aladdin, 2003. (I)
A spunky twelve-year-old girl fills in when her brother’s baseball team is short a player. Disguised as a boy, Rosie faces many challenges, including being bullied.

Mathis, Sharon Bell. Running Girl: The Diary of Ebonee Rose. Harcourt, 1997. (I)
Ebonee Rose records her passion for running in her diary and is determined to be like the great African-American women athletes. Although her story is fiction, Mathis includes quotations, poetry, facts, and photos that reflect the competitive spirit and determination of real athletes, including Gail Deavers and Wilma Rudolph.

Mayer, Mercer. Shibumi and the Kitemaker: Story and Pictures. Marshall Cavendish, 1999. (P-I)
The emperor’s daughter ties herself to a kite to fly over the palace walls.

McClean, Will. Go Bluey Go! Overmountain, 2003. (P-I)
Mr. Bluey, the horse, must overcome his self-doubt to become the winner his friends know him to be.

McCully, Emily Arnold. Mirette on the High Wire. Putnam, 1992. (P-I)
Inspired by a visiting performer, Mirette persuades the man to teach her to be a tightrope walker.

McCully, Emily Arnold. Monk Camps Out. Arthur A. Levine, 2000. (I)
A young mouse plans to camp alone in his backyard, but his parents have other ideas.

McGillian, Jamie Kyle. Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games. Sterling, 2002. (I+)
With chalk and concrete, kids can have lots of fun!

McKee, David. Elmer. Harper, 1989. (P)
All the elephants are gray except for Elmer, who is colored in a patchwork.

McKeon, Kathryn Cristaldi. Baseball Ballerina Strikes Out! Random House, 2000. (P-I)
In this sequel to Baseball Ballerina, two bullies intimidate a young girl who excels at both baseball and ballet.

McKissack, Patricia. Miami Makes the Play. Random House, 2001. (I)
Miami, a fourth grader, is going to summer baseball camp. McKissack’s story raises questions about peer pressure and tolerance while showing an African-American child involved typically middle-class activities.

McManis, Margaret. Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race. Eakin, 2002. (T-P)
This fictionalized story, set in 1892, has the ten-year-old daughter of Texas Governor James Hogg racing an ostrich against her brothers, who are on horseback!

McMillan, Bruce. Gletta the Foal. Marshall Cavendish, 1998. (T-P)
Beautiful photographs of a family of ponies in Iceland accompany a short story about a young foal that is startled and scared by an unfamiliar noise.

Miller, Shannon. Winning Every Day. Bantam, 1998. (Y)
An Olympic gymnast offers advice on meeting challenges, maintaining discipline, and keeping a down to earth attitude whether you are winning or losing.

Milliron, Kerry. Great Race. Random House, 2000. (P-I)
Bertie the Bus challenges Thomas the Tank Engine to a race.

Milne, A.A. When We Were Very Young. Dutton, 1952. (T+)
Christopher Robin of the Winnie-the-Pooh tales is a featured character in this collection of poems about childhood.

Miranda, Ann. Vroom Chugga Vroom Vroom. Turtle, 1998. (T-P)
Although twenty cars race to the finish, nineteen of them have mishaps along the way.

Mora, Pat. Delicious Hullabaloo / Pachanga deliciosa. Piñata, 1998. (T-I)
Brightly colored lizards and other creatures, big and small, share food and join in a fiesta.

Mora, Pat. Uno, dos, tres: One, Two, Three. Clarion, 1996. (T-P)
Two sisters shop for their mother’s birthday present and count their gifts along the way.

Morrison, Lillian. At the Crack of the Bat: Baseball Poems. Hyperion, 1992. (I+)
A collection of poems by some of America’s greatest poets chronicles the thrills of our national pastime.

Morrison, Lillian. The Break Dance Kids: Poems of Sport, Motion, and Locomotion. Morrow, 1985. (I+)
This collection of poems focuses on dance, movement, and physical activity.

Morrison, Lillian. The Sidewalk Racer and Other Poems of Sports and Motion. Lothrop, 1977. (I+) (OP)
Poems explore a potpourri of sports, from professional activities like basketball to back lot games of stick ball and jump rope.

Morrison, Lillian. Slam Dunk: Poems About Basketball. Hyperion, 1995. (I+)
This collection of 42 poems about basketball includes the work of various poets, including Jack Prelutsky, Eloise Greenfield, and Jerry Spinelli.

Mullins, Patricia. One Horse Waiting for Me. Simon and Schuster, 1998. (T-P)
Horses of all sizes and shapes mix fantasy and reality to depict the numbers from one to twelve.

Murphy, Stuart J. Seaweed Soup. Harper, 2001. (P-I)
Murphy introduces the concepts of matching sets when Turtle mixes up a batch of soup for his friends. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Nace, Don. Bowling for Beginners: Simple Steps to Strikes and Spares. Sterling, 2002. (I-Y)
Photographs and diagrams provide help to achieve higher scores.

Napoli, Donna Jo. On Guard. Dutton, 1997. (I)
Mikey, a fourth-grader with great balance but little self-confidence, learns to fence.

Narahashi, Keiko. Two Girls Can! Margaret K. McElderry, 2000. (P)
Two girls celebrate all the things that friends can do together.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Girls Take Over. Delacorte, 2002. (I)
Competition abounds as the girls and boys challenge each other on the school basketball team and a spelling bee until they prove they can work together.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. King of the Playground. Atheneum, 1991. (P-I)
A little boy learns how to get along with the playground bully.

Nevius, Carol. Karate Hour. Marshall Cavendish, 2004. (I)
This sophisticated picture book provides an up close and “in your face” view of a karate class. Bill Thomson’s illustrations literally bring the action to life.

Newcome, Zita. Toddlerobics. Candlewick, 1996. (T-P)
This interactive book, which shows toddlers have fun exercising and playing, will motivate toddlers to play and move to the fun rhyming words in this text.

Nichols, Judy. Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds. ALA, 1998. (L)
Nichols presents fifty programs designed to entertain two-year-old children.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. Gus and Gertie and the Lucky Charms. Seastar, 2002. (I)
The penguin pals in this beginning chapter book are headed to the Olympics intent on competing in the synchronized swimming category. Unfortunately, swimming is not part of the winter games!

Novak, Matt. The Pillow War. Orchard, 1998. (I)
A growing cast of characters is added to the story as a brother and sister engage in a pillow fight.

Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Harper, 1998. (T-P)
If you give a pancake to a bossy little pig, the demands never end!

Odanaka, Barbara. Skateboard Mom. Putnam, 2004. (P-I)
When her 8-year-old son receives a skateboard for his birthday, Mom takes over and becomes “skateboard crazed.”

Opie, Iona. My Very First Mother Goose. Candlewick, 1996. (T-P)
More than sixty classic Mother Goose rhymes are illustrated by Rosemary Wells.

Ormerod, Jan. If You’re Happy and You Know It! Star Bright, 2003. (T+)
A little girl and various animals sing their own version of this popular rhyme.

Orozco, José-Luis. De colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children. Dutton, 1994. (L)
A noted children’s performer offers twenty-seven popular Latin American songs in Spanish and English.

Orozco, José-Luis. Diez Deditos: Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America. Dutton, 1997. (L)
Thirty-four traditional rhymes from Latin America are presented in English and Spanish, with actions for interactive play.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Hour of the Olympics. Random House, 1998. (I)
The Magic Tree House takes Jack and Annie back in time to the ancient Olympics.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Moonhorse. Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. (T-P)
A young girl imagines that she riding a winged horse through the night sky, visiting the astrological signs, and the moon.

Parker, Vic. Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story. Viking, 1997. (T-P) (OP)
A bear in the forest turns on his boom box and attracts a number of dancing animals in this counting story.

Parsont, Meg. Race Car. Abbeville, 1999. (T)
Super Speedy chooses to help a bunny find its mother and loses the race in this car-shaped board book.

Peck, Jan. Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. Simon and Schuster, 2004. (T-P)
A little boy spies various sea creatures as he searches for the treasure at the bottom of his bathtub.

Petersham, Maud and Miska Petersham. The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles. Simon and Schuster, 1945. (P+)
Traditional rhymes, skipping games, and jingles are included in this Caldecott award-winning collection.

Pfister, Marcus. The Rainbow Fish. North-South, 1992. (P-I)
The other fish admire Rainbow Fish’s scales, and no one wants to play with him when he refuses to share them. In the end, Rainbow Fish decides to share and makes new friends.

Philip, Neil. The Illustrated Book of Myths: Tales and Legends of the World. DK, 1995. (I-Y)
Popular myths and legends from world cultures are collected in this beautifully illustrated book.

Pimm, Nancy Roe. Indy 500: The Inside Track. Darby Creek, 2004. (I-Y)
Experience the cars, pit stops, and crashes, along with interviews with some of the most famous drivers in the Indianapolis 500 race.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hold Fast to Dreams. Hyperion, 1996. (I-Y)
Deirdre is the only black student in a suburban school. She misses her spot on the double-dutch jump rope team at her old school but is determined to find a place on her new school’s lacrosse team.

Pinkney, Brian. JoJo’s Flying Sidekick. Simon and Schuster, 1995. (P-I)
A young girl who is trying to earn her Tae Kwon Do yellow belt must first overcome her anxiety about breaking a board with a flying kick.

Polacco, Patricia. Oh, Look! Philomel, 2004. (P)
In the style of “The Bear Hunt,” Polacco takes readers to the farm where three goats face a number of challenges when they escape.

Preller, James. The Case of the Sneaker Sneak. Scholastic, 2001. (I)
When a player’s sneakers disappear before the big football game, Jigsaw Jones is on the case.

Rallison, Janette. Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws. Walker, 2004. (Y)
More than anything else, Cami, a high school freshman, wants to be the most valuable player on the basketball team so she can run drills with her idol, former WNBA player Rebecca Lobo.

Reid, Rob. Children’s Jukebox: A Subject Guide to Musical Recordings and Programming Ideas for Songsters Ages One to Twelve. ALA, 1995. (L)
This annotated guide to songs on over 300 recordings for children is invaluable for finding music to use in programming.

Repchuk, Caroline. The Race. Chronicle, 2001. (P-I)
Hare chooses a fast car to race around the world, but Tortoise goes for a slower and steadier method.

Rex, Michael. My Race Car. Henry Holt, 2000. (T-P)
Rex uses computer illustrations to provide a behind-the-scenes look at elements of stock car racing.

Rey, H. A. Curious George Rides a Bike. Houghton Mifflin, 1973. (P-I)
George takes a ride on his new bike and his curiosity leads him on a wild ride.

Richards, Jean. The First Olympic Games. Millbrook, 2000. (I)
The origins of the Olympics are traced to a single chariot race in this retelling of a Greek myth.

Risk, Mary. Happy Birthday! / ¡Feliz cumpleaños! Barron’s, 1996. (T-I)
A bilingual birthday party helps readers learn simple Spanish words and phrases.

Risk, Mary. I Want My Banana / ¡Quiero mi plátano! Barron’s, 1996. (T-I)
Monkey is offered a variety of fruit by his jungle friends but is not satisfied until he finds his lost banana.

Risk, Mary. What’s for Supper? / ¿Qué hay para cenar? Barron’s, 1998. (T-I)
A family trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for a special supper for mom helps children discover healthy foods while learning Spanish and English words.

Rockwell, Lizzy. The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness. Crown, 2004. (P-I)
This book uses colorful illustrations of different children and the systems of the body to show that your body is built to move.

Root, Phyllis. If You Want to See a Caribou. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (P-I)
A child and parent explore the forest around Lake Superior in this picture book in free verse.

Root, Phyllis. Rattletrap Car. Candlewick, 2001. (P-I)
Poppa and all the kids take the rattletrap car to the lake to enjoy a cool swim.

Rosenbloom, Joseph. The Zaniest Riddle Book in the World. Sterling, 1984. (I+)
A large collection of riddles offers more than 900 entries to keep readers laughing.

Ross, Kathy. Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Oceans. Millbrook, 1998. (L)
This collection of easy-to-do crafts for preschoolers to elementary-aged children all deal with the ocean and sea life and use inexpensive supplies often found around the house.

Rottman, S. L. Slalom. Viking, 2004. (Y)
Sandro Birch was born to ski but his Olympic hopeful father left his mother before he was born. In order to pay the bills, his mother is stuck in a ski resort working at low-paying jobs. When his father unexpectedly returns, Sandro realizes he may have a shot at qualifying for the ski team.

Royston, Angela. Get Some Exercise! Heinemann, 2003. (P-I)
This non-fiction title features short text and plenty of photographs of children exercising to explain the mechanics of exercise.

Rumford, James. Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. (P-I)
A cat contemplates the world and sets out on a journey.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Arroz con frijoles...y unos amables ratones. Scholastic, 2001. (P-I)
Rosa Maria is working hard to prepare for her granddaughter’s birthday, but items keep mysteriously disappearing. Suspecting there are mice, Rosa Maria sets a trap but then realizes that the mice were actually helping. Spanish language version of Mice and Beans.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Mice and Beans. Scholastic, 2001. (P-I)
Rosa Maria is working hard to prepare for her granddaughter’s birthday but items keep mysteriously disappearing. Suspecting there are mice, Rosa Maria sets a trap but then realizes that the mice were actually helping.

Salkeld, Audrey. Climbing Everest: Tales of Triumph and Tragedy on the World’s Highest Mountain. National Geographic, 2003. (I-Y)
A close-up look at six of the most famous attempts to conquer the world’s highest mountain includes George Mallory’s mysterious death, Sir Edmund Hillary triumphant first step on the summit, and the 1996 tragedy when eight climbers died in a storm. The brilliant photographs, sidebars, and timelines add to the thrill.

Saltzberg, Barney. Soccer Mom From Outer Space. Crown, 2000. (P-I)
Lena’s dad tells a bedtime story about her soccer-crazed mom and ends up explaining how mom saved the day.

Samson, John S. Simon and Schuster Crossword Puzzle Book #236. Fireside, 2004. (Y+)
Simon and Schuster published the first book of puzzles in 1924 and each collection offers an assortment of brain-breakers.

Sandoz, Joli. A Whole Other Ball Game: Women’s Literature on Women’s Sport. Noonday, 1997. (Y)
Contemporary stories, poems, and novel excerpts explore the vast possibilities of sport for women, especially adolescents, who are trying to accept that competition is good, but winning is better. Although the authors write for an adult audience, young adults will enjoy many of the selections.

Santoro, Laura. Aikido for Kids. Sterling, 1999. (I-Y) (OP)
Simple language and clear illustrations explain the terminology and basic moves for this martial art.

Sawyer, Ruth. Roller Skates. Viking, 1995. (I)
This 1937 Newbery award-winning book is the story of 10-year-old Lucinda, who finds freedom roller-skating in the streets of 1890’s New York City.

Say, Allan. Bicycle Man. Houghton Mifflin, 1982. (P-I)
Two American soldiers borrow a bicycle and wow the children in an occupied Japanese village with amazing tricks.

Scarry, Richard. Busytown Race Day: The Busy World of Richard Scarry. Simon and Schuster, 1996. (T-P) (OP)
Huckle and Lowly make not have their car ready in time for race day.

Schulman, L. M. The Random House Book of Sports Stories. Random House, 2000. (Y)
Ring Lardner, John Updike, Jack London, and others contributed the sixteen sports-related stories in this collection.

Schuurmans, Hilde. Sidney Won’t Swim. Whispering Coyote, 2001. (P-I)
Sidney is supposed to start swimming lessons, but he thinks swimming is “dumb” and “boring.”

Schwager, Tina. The Right Moves: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Great. Free Spirit, 1998. (Y)
Information and tips demonstrate that girls can look and feel better by developing a positive self-image, choosing nutritious foods, and exercising regularly.

Schwartz, Roslyn. Mole Sisters and the Moonlit Night. Annick, 2001. (T+)
The mole sisters make a wish on a falling star with a surprising result.

Seymour, Tres. The Smash-Up Crash-Up Derby. Orchard, 1995. (P-I)
A boy and his family cheer for their favorite car at the Demolition Derby.

Shannon, David. Pato va en bici. Ed. Juventud, 2002. (P-I)
A duck that enjoys riding his bike invites his farm friends on the farm to join in on the fun too. Spanish language version of Duck on a Bike.

Shannon, George. Dance Away. Harper, 1991. (P+)
Rabbit’s love of dancing saves him and his friends from Fox.

Shields, Carol. Animagicals Sports. Handprint, 2001. (P) (OP)
In this toy and movable book, several animals give hints about which sport they play.

Sierra, Judy. The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. Wilson, 1987. (L)
More than fifty stories, poems, and songs are included with instructions for using a flannel board with them.

Sierra, Judy. Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater. Oryx, 1996. (L)
This collection of folktales from around the world includes tips for telling each one as a flannelboard or readers’ theater.

Sierra, Judy. Wild About Books. Knopf, 2004. (P+)
After she drives the bookmobile into the zoo by mistake, a librarian introduces the animals to the joy of reading.

Sievert, Terri. Paintball. Edge Books, 2004. (I-Y)
This entry in the X-sports series provides high-action photographs and step-by-step instructions for this popular extreme sport.

Silberg, Jackie and Pam Schiller. The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants. Gryphon, 2002. (L)
700 selections that help in planning thematic programs, arranged in alphabetical order.

Sillitoe, Alan. Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Knopf, 1960. (Y+)
This collection of Sillitoe’s stories about life in working class Great Britain includes the title story, which reflects on the endurance and courage required to overcome the pain and loneliness of long distance running.

Silverhardt, Lauryn. Boots. Simon and Schuster, 2003. (T-P)
Boots has fun wearing his bright red boots while he’s on adventures with his friend Dora, the explorer.

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. Harper, 1991. (P+)
Hilarious poems and drawings will have kids, and adults, rolling with laughter.

Simon, Francesca. Toddler Time. Orchard, 2000. (L)
Illustrated poems capture the many aspects of a toddler’s life.

Sis, Peter. Ballerina. Greenwillow, 2001. (T-P)
Terry changes her outfit as she pretends to dance several ballets.

Skurzynski,Gloria. Virtual War. Simon and Schuster, 1997. (Y)
In 2080, wars are fought through computer games played in virtual reality.

Slote, Alfred. Make-Believe Ball Player. Harper, 1992. (I) (OP)
A lonely nine-year-old boy pretends he is a star athlete. When his imagination and fast thinking help him fend off burglars, he is given the chance to be the real star of a softball game.

Smith, Charles R., Jr. Diamond Life: Baseball Sights, Sounds, and Swings. Orchard, 2004. (P-I)
With rhymed verse and dialogue, accompanied by colorful photographs, the sights and sounds of the ball field come alive.

Smith, Charles R., Jr. Hoop Queens: Poems. Candlewick, 2003. (I-Y)
Lyrical rap poetry is used to pay tribute to twelve stars of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Smith, Charles R., Jr. Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms. Dutton, 1999. (I-Y)
Quick, energetic poems, personal thoughts, and original stories are paired with striking duo-tone photographs to reflect emotions of basketball on and off the court.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. Cat Running. Bantam, 1995. (I-Y)
Sixth-grader Cat Kinsey is the fastest runner in her school until a new boy arrives. Set in the Dust Bowl era, Cat has to run the race of her life to help save a child’s life.

Soto, Gary. Baseball in April and Other Stories. Harcourt, 2000. (I)
A nine-year-old boy struggles to improve his game, while others take karate lessons and play marbles, in this collection of stories about growing up Latino.

Soto, Gary. Taking Sides. Harcourt, 1991. (I-Y)
Lincoln Mendoza faces racism and prejudice after moving from his San Francisco barrio to a “better” predominantly white suburb, even though he made the basketball team. When his new team plays his old team, he faces a real dilemma about where his loyalties lie.

Spanyol, Jessica. Carlo Likes Reading. Candlewick, 2001. (T)
A young giraffe labels his world with name tags because he loves to read.

Speca, Robert. Championship Domino Toppling. Sterling, 2004. (I+)
Speca, the world’s domino toppling champion, shows how to set up dominoes to create an amazing array of designs. This book can be purchased with or without 112 dominoes.

Spinelli, Jerry. Loser. Joanna Colter, 2002. (I)
Donald is a loser, not only on the playground but also throughout his life, but he never notices. After he looses a race for his team, he is labeled a complete loser.

Staff of DK Publishing. Chronicle of the Olympics. DK Publishing, 1998. (I)
Photographs chronicle the athletes, stars, and statistics for every summer and winter Olympics since 1896.

Stamper, J. B. 101 Super Sports Jokes. Scholastic, 1988. (I+) (OP)
Jokes and riddles about sports.

Stanley, George Edward. The Battle of the Bakers. Random House, 2000. (I)
Competition heats up when Jonathan unexpectedly enters the bake-off that Katie Lynn and Tina were set to win.

Steig, William. Pete’s a Pizza. Harper, 1998. (P-I)
When Pete’s mood turns bad because he can’t play outside, his father decides that it’s time to turn Pete into an imaginary pizza. By the time that Pete is transformed, the weather has cleared and Pete is in a happier mood.

Stephens, Helen. Twinkly Night. Little, Brown, 2003. (T+)
This board book shows some of the things that sparkle and twinkle in the night.

Stevens, Janet. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. Harcourt, 2001. (P-I)
The nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” is extended into a humorous romp through the night.

Stevenson, James. The Mud Flat Olympics. Greenwillow, 1994. (I) (OP)
A group of animal friends hold their own Olympic games, with contests ranging from smelliest skunk to snail high hurdles.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses. Blue Lantern Studio, 1989. (P+)
The classic anthology provides an assortment of childhood poems.

Steward, Mark. Auto Racing: A History of Fast Cars and Fearless Drivers. Watts, 1999. (Y)
From the winner of the first official race for motorcars in 1887 through drag racing in the 1990s, important events in auto racing and key personalities of the sport are detailed.

Stewart, Sarah. The Library. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995. (P+)
A woman who loves books finally collects so many that she starts a public library.

Stott, Dorothy. The Big Book of Games. Dutton, 1998. (L) (OP)
Directions for playing 40 favorite childhood games are included in this collection.

Sturges, Philemon. She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain. Little, Brown, 2004. (P+)
New words to the traditional tune lead to a surprise ending and a special guest.

Sugar, Bert Randolph. Classic Baseball Cards. Dover, 1997. (I+)
Classic cards are reproduced on heavy card stock in this book that is meant to be dismantled.

Sugar, Bert Randolph. The Great Baseball Players from McGraw to Mantle: With 248 Historic Photographs from the Archives of Photo File, Inc. Dover, 1997. (L)
From Hank Aaron through Gus Zernial, historic photographs and biographies of 248 great baseball players are compiled in one collection.

Sullivan, George. Don’t Step on the Foul Line. Millbrook, 2001. (I)
Trivia fans will appreciate the offbeat aspects of sports in this quirky collection of facts and superstitions.

Swanson, Diane. The Balloon Sailors. Annick, 2003. (I)
A wall divides a mythical kingdom and a family risks their lives to cross the barrier and visit relatives. Based on a true escape across the Berlin Wall.

Sweeney, Joan. Bijou, Bonbon and Beau. Chronicle, 1998. (P)
A mama cat delivers three baby kittens in the theater where the ballerinas practice their new ballet.

Swoopes, Sheryl. Sheryl Swoopes: Bounce Back. Taylor, 1996. (I)
A former member of the U.S. women’s basketball team that won Olympic gold provides examples from her own life to demonstrate the importance of never giving up.

Sykes, Julie. That’s Not Fair, Hare! Barron’s, 2001. (P-I)
Muggs, the turtle, helps all her friends in need, even though it might mean she loses the race to Hare.

Tafuri, Nancy. What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees. Greenwillow, 1997. (P)
The story contrasts what is seen in the bright sunlight and on a quiet moonlit night.

Tavares, Matt. Zachary’s Ball. Candlewick, 2000. (P-I)
Zachary catches a magic baseball and is transported to the pitcher’s mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform.

Testa, Maria. Becoming Joe DiMaggio. Candlewick, 2002. (I-Y)
Joe, an Italian boy growing up in New York during the 1940s and 1950s, finds solace in his passion for baseball and the man for whom he is named. This story is told in verse.

Thaler, Mike. The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Scholastic, 1994. (I)
Student conjecture about the new gym teacher is, of course, worse than the reality.

Thatcher, Kevin. Trasher Presents: How to Build Skateboard Ramps, Halfpipes, Boxes, Bowls and More. High Speed Productions, 2001. (Y)
From selecting the right materials to engineering the correct incline, everything you need to know to build skateboard ramps is clearly explained.

Thomas, Lyn. What? What? What?: Astounding, Weird, Wonderful and Just Plain Unbelievable Facts . Mapletree, 2003. (I)
All kinds of trivia, jokes, and riddles are offered to amuse readers.

Thomas, Mark. Fun and Games in Colonial America. Children’s Press, 2003. (P-I)
Pictures and easy text describe some of the games played by Colonial American children.

Thompson, Lauren. Little Quack’s Hide and Seek. Simon and Schuster, 2004. (T)
The ducklings are playing hide and seek, but Little Quack can’t find a place! What will he do?

Totten, Kathryn. Storytime Crafts. Alleyside, 1998. (L)
Directions for activities and crafts are provide for a variety of storytime themes.

Trapani, Iza. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Charlesbridge, 1994. (P)
A little girl accompanies a star on a magical ride across the sky in this expanded version of the famous poem.

Tripp, Valerie. Good Sport Gwen. Pleasant, 1994. (P-I)
Gwen is a good sport when her team is winning, but she doesn’t handle losing quite as well.

Ulmer, Michael. H is for Horse: An Equestrian Alphabet. Sleeping Bear, 2004. (P-I)
Each letter of the alphabet is represented with information relating to horse riding and equestrian care.

U’Ren, Andrea. Mary Smith. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. (I-Y)
In this fascinating mix of fiction and history, readers follow Mary Smith as she walks through town, waking people up by shooting her peashooter at their windows in the days before alarm clocks.

Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. Houghton Mifflin, 1991. (P-I)
Judy and Peter find a game board that transports them into a fantastical world where the game they are playing is real.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Heir Apparent. Harcourt, 2002. (Y)
There are many ways to die when the games in a virtual reality arcade malfunction.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. (P)
A collection of more than 30 poems highlights the wonders of the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Wallace, Rich. Losing is Not an Option. Knopf, 2003. (Y)
Nine interrelated stories follow the life of a teenager and his involvement in small town sports.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Cuenta ratones. Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1992. (T-P)
A sneaky snake counts the mice as he puts them in a jar. When the mice find a way to free themselves from the jar, the counting continues. Spanish language version of Mouse Count.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Mouse Paint. Harcourt, 1989. (T-P)
Three primary colors are transformed into additional colors once three mice begin to play with the paints.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Pinta ratones. Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1993. (T-P)
Three primary colors are transformed into additional colors once three mice begin to play with the paints. Spanish language version of Mouse Paint.

Warren, Jean. Toddler Theme-A-Saurus. Totline, 1991. (L) (OP)
This collection of toddler themes and related crafts and activities can be easily adapted to use in preschool storytimes.

Weiss, George David and Bob Thiele. What a Wonderful World. Atheneum, 1995. (P+)
The lyrics made famous by singer Louis Armstrong show children the beauty and harmony in the world around them.

Wells, Poppy. Breakfast with the Bears. Sterling, 2003. (T)
It’s a busy morning at the Bears’ house, so readers help them prepare breakfast.

Wells, Rosemary. Eduardo cumpleaños en la piscina. Santillana, 1996. (T-P)
After trying to swim without his floaties, Edward decides he is not quite ready for a pool party. Spanish language version of Edward in Deep Water.

Wells, Rosemary. Edward in Deep Water. Dial, 1995. (T-P)
After trying to swim without his floaties, Edward decides he is not quite ready for a pool party.

Wells, Rosemary. Léale a su conejito. Scholastic, 1999. (T)
This cozy story about the joys of reading encourages parents to read with a child for at least twenty minutes each day. Spanish language version of Read to Your Bunny.

Wells, Rosemary. Max’s Breakfast. Penguin, 2004 (T-P)
Ruby tries very hard to outsmart her brother, Max, and get him to eat breakfast.

Wells, Rosemary. Read to Your Bunny. Scholastic, 2003. (T)
This cozy story about the joys of reading encourages parents to read with a child for at least twenty minutes each day.

Weyland, Jocko. Answer is Never: A Skateboarder’s History of the World. Grove, 2002. (Y+)
A history of skateboarding from the perspective of a twenty-year veteran, who has been skating since he was 13. It begins with the birth of skateboarding as an offshoot of surfing and describes innovations that have enabled some outrageous tricks to be performed.

Williams, Barbara. So What If I’m a Sore Loser. Harcourt, 1981. (P-I) (OP)
Blake endures the taunts of his cousin, a swimming champion, until he shows him how horrible a sore winner can really be.

Williams, Suzanne. Library Lil. Dial, 1997. (P+)
A tough librarian turns a reluctant town into readers.

Williams, Venus and Serena Williams. How to Play Tennis. DK, 2004. (I-Y)
Detailed photographs and tips from the two tennis stars will help readers become better players.

Williams, Vera. Scooter. Greenwillow, 1993. (I)
Short vignettes tell the story of Elana Rose Rosen and her summer living in a city apartment. She fills her days riding her scooter around the neighborhood and filling her notebook with puzzles, phrases, and sketches.

Willis, Clint. Epic: Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest Peaks. Thunder’s Mouth, 1997. (Y+)
Tales of fifteen memorable and hair-raising expeditions.

Willson, Sarah. Travis and Scoop’s Big Race. Simon and Schuster, 2003. (T+)
Travis and Scoop race to the finish line in this lift-the-flap book.

Wilmes, Liz and Dick Wilmes. 2’s Experience: Fingerplays. Building Block, 1994. (L)
Original fingerplays and rhyming games are arranged by themes suitable for two-year-old children.

Wilson, Karma. Hilda Must Be Dancing. McElderry, 2004. (P+)
Hilda the hippo’s dancing disrupts the lives of the other jungle animals.

Wilson, Sarah. Little Star. Simon Spotlight, 2002. (P)
After a comet knocks a star out of the sky, Dora the Explorer and her friend try to help it.

Wolff, Ashley. Stella and Roy. Puffin, 1996. (T)
Big sister Stella challenges baby Roy to a tricycle race, but she becomes distracted by the flora and fauna in the park.

Wombell, Paul. Sportscape: The Evolution of Sports Photography. Phaidon, 2000. (Y+)
A leading sports photographer chronicles the history of the art form.

Yates, Philip and Matt Rissinger. World’s Silliest Jokes. Sterling, 1997. (I+)
Knock-knocks, riddles, groaners, and more provide lots of laughter.

Youngblood, Lisa. No Limits: Read!: Young Adult Reading Club and Programming Manual. Texas State Library, 2002. (L)
Strategies for developing and implementing a reading program for young adults are explored and explained. Available on-line at

Zullo, Germano. Marta and the Bicycle. Kane/Miller, 2002. (P)
Marta puts her dream of riding a bicycle into action and races for the coveted gold tire.

Audio Recordings

Barney’s Favorites, Vol. 1. SBK, 1993. (CD) (T-I)
This is a collection of children’s favorite songs.

Bartel, Joanie.
Dancin’ Magic. Discovery Music, 1991. (CD) (T+)
A collection of fun dance music for kids of all ages.

Berlin, Irving, et. al.
Annie Get Your Gun. MCA Classics, 1955. (CD) (I+)
The original Broadway cast, including Ethel Merman, sings the songs from this musical about Annie Oakley.

Boynton, Sandra and Adam Ford.
Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs. Rounder, 2004. (CD) (T+)
A fun collection of “seriously silly” great original songs.

Cashman, Terry.
Passin’ It On: America’s Baseball Heritage in Song. Sony, 1994. (CD/cass) (I+)
Baseball fans will love songs that laud this truly American game.

Chapin, Tom.
Around the World and Back Again. Sony, 1996. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Sixteen original songs celebrate the languages and cultures of the world.

Chapin, Tom.
Billy the Squid. Sony Kids Music, 1992. (CD) (P-I)
This is a fun collection of original songs about many childhood issues.

Conti, Bill, et. al.
Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score. Liberty, 1976. (CD/cass) (I+)
Music from the original movie starring Sylvester Stallone as an aspiring boxer.

The Countdown Kids.
100 Favorite Kids Songs. Madacy Entertainment, 2003. (CD) (T-I)
Children sing this collection of traditional children’s songs.

Daddy a Go Go.
Big Rock Rooster. Boyd’s Tone Records, 2002. (CD) (I)
Original songs with a rock beat and a bit of twist will amuse and delight older elementary children.

Daddy a Go Go.
Cool Songs for Cool Kids. Boyd’s Tone Records, 1998. (CD/cass) (I)
Popular music that includes theme songs from television shows.

Diamond, Charlotte.
Soy una pizza. KiddoMusic, 1994. (CD) (T-I)
A collection of traditional and original children’s songs. Spanish translation of I Am a Pizza.

Fink, Cathy.
Nobody Else Like Me. A & M Records, 1994. (CD)
Twelve songs about self-esteem

Greg and Steve.
Kids in Motion. Youngheart, 1987. (CD/cass) (P-I)
These songs will get kids moving and enhance physical activity.

Greg and Steve.
On the Move With Greg and Steve. Chameleon, 1983. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of original movement songs.

Hallum, Rosemary and Henry Glass.
Finger Plays and Foot Plays for Fun and Learning. Educational Activities, 1994 (CD) (L)
Lyrics and instructions for more than twelve songs.

Harley, Bill.
Down in the Backpack. Round River Records, 2001. (CD/cass) (I)
Harley’s humorous look at tough situations ensures that children appreciate the lessons learned from adversity and encourages them to persevere.

Harper, Monty.
Take Me To Your Library. Monty Harper Productions, 2003. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Oklahoma’s native songwriter celebrates reading and libraries.

Hickman, Sara.
Big Kid. Sleeveless, 2004. (CD) (P-I)
Music and poetry set to music.

Hickman, Sara.
Newborn. Sleeveless, 1999. (CD) (T-P)
Songs for very young children.

Iron Maiden.
Somewhere in Time. Capital, 1986. (CD) (Y+)
Heavy metal music that has stood the test of time, in part because of the sophisticated, literary lyrics. Includes the song “Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.”

Knight, Tom.
The Library Boogie. Orchard Kids, 2001. (CD) (T-I)
Original songs about libraries, the solar system, and other stuff kids will like.

LaFond, Lois and the Rockadiles.
Turning It Upside Down. Rockadile Music, 1994. (CD) (T+)
Thirteen children’s songs and a booklet with lyrics.

The Learning Station.
Tony Chestnut and Fun Time Action Songs. The Learning Station, 1997. (CD) (T-I)
This is a collection of very active movement songs with silly and simple themes.

The Learning Station.
Where is Thumbkin? Kimbo, 1996. (CD) (T+)
A collection of traditional children’s songs tied to the months of the year.

Lullaby Classics. Buena Vista, 2004. (CD) (T-P)
Classical music, including “Pachelbel’s Canon” and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” provides low-key music for toddler activities.

Marxer, Marcy.
Jump Children. Rounder, 1986. (Cass/CD) (T-I)
This collection of original and traditional favorites is essential for any library.

Mattox, Cheryl Warren.
Shake it to the One That You Love Best: Play Songs and Lullabies from Black Musical Traditions. Warren-Mattox, 1989. (Cass) (P)
A collection of African-American songs, rhymes, and chants.

Moo, Anna.
Anna Moo Crackers. Good Moo’s Productions, 1994. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Vivid word pictures are formed to the beat of jazz, rock ’n roll and Cajun rhythms.

Moody Blues.
A Question of Balance. Decca, 1997. (CD/cass) (Y+)
This classic band explores the meaning and major questions of life through lyrics and music, including Aesop’s fable about a race between the tortoise and the hare.

Morgan, Zak.
Bloom. Zak Morgan, 1999. (CD) (I)
Clever word play and vivid images result in sophisticated story-songs.

Orozco, José -Luis.
De Colores and other Latin American Folk Songs for Children. Arcoiris, 1996. (CD) (T-I)
Latin American folk songs for children.

Orozco, José -Luis.
Diez deditos vol. 12. Arcoiris, 1997. (CD) (T-I)
Action songs and kids rhymes from Latin America.

Palmer, Hap.
Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet? Hap-Pal Music, 1998. (CD) (T+)
Songs that help teach basic concepts such as alphabet, counting, colors, and shapes.

Palmer, Hap.
So Big: Activity Songs for Little Ones. Hap-Pal Music, 1994. (CD) (T-P)
A collection of original activity songs with very simple themes and gentle music.

Palmer, Hap.
Walter the Waltzing Worm. Educational Activities, 1991. (CD) (P)
Nine classic children’s songs include activity suggestions.

Penner, Fred.
Happy Feet. Oak Street Music, 1992. (Cass/CD) (T-I)
This is a collection of original and traditional favorites.

Peter, Paul and Mary.
Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too. Warner Brothers, 1993. (CD) (P+)
The famous folk trio performs a variety of folksongs and children’s classics before a live audience.

Putumayo World Music.
African Playground. Putumayo Kids, 1992. (CD) (I)
Multicultural music includes upbeat rhythms from various African cultures.

Raffi’s Box of Sunshine. Rounder/PGD, 2000. (CD) (T-P)
This set is a compilation of three Raffi albums: Rise and Shine, One Light One Sun, and Everything Grows.

Rogers. Kenny.
She Rides Wild Horses. Dreamcatcher Records, 1999. (CD/cass) (I+)
Country singer Kenny Rogers sings a song about a boy who dreams of playing baseball and being the greatest player on this album.

Salidir, Susan.
Come and Make a Circle - 20 Terrific Tunes for Kids and Teachers. Peachhead Productions, 2003. (CD) (T-I)
This recording includes traditional and original songs to use with groups of small children.

Scruggs, Joe.
Bahamas Pajamas. Shadow Play Records, 1998. (CD) (T-P)
This is a collection of fun laid-back songs, about day-to-day preschooler activities and themes.

Scruggs, Joe.
Late Last Night. Lyrick Studios, 1998. (CD) (P)
This collection of silly songs has two themes. On the first side, the songs encourage movement and fantasy play, while the songs on the second side tell stories.

Sesame Street.
Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music. Sony Wonder, 2003. (CD) (P)
The makers of Sesame Street present the most beloved songs from the classic television show.

Sharon, Lois, and Bram.
Mainly Mother Goose. Drive Entertainment, 1994. (CD) (T-P)
This large collection of Mother Goose rhymes includes all the familiar rhymes as well as many that are not well known.

Sherman, Richard M.
Mary Poppins: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack. Disney, 1964. (CD) (I)
Julie Andrews sings many of the songs from the movie based on P. L. Traver’s book.

Trout Fishing In America.
Family Music Party. Trout Records, 1998. (CD) (P+)
This duo knows how to party with children and adults alike.

Chariots of Fire. PolyGram, 1981. (CD/cass) (Y+)
Vangelis’ soaring synthesized score for the movie, Chariots of Fire, highlights the determination of a runner. Although the movie is not appropriate for younger children, the music is ageless.

Various Artists.
50 All-Time Children’s Favorites, Vol. 2. Madacy Kids, 2002. (CD) (P-I)
Various artists perform classic children’s songs, including “The Happy Wanderer” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Various Artists.
Best of Children’s Favorites: Pooh’s Top 40 Tunes. Walt Disney, 2004. (CD) (T-P)
A collection of children’s songs including “Camptown Races” to “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Various Artists.
Brown Girl in the Ring: A World Music Collection. Music for Little People, 2001. (CD) (T-I)
A collection of traditional children’s songs from many cultures.

Various Artists.
Disney’s Hercules: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack. Walt Disney, 1997. (CD/cass) (I)
The soundtrack from this popular motion picture features vocals by Michael Bolton.

Various Artists.
Favorite Songs For Kids. Kimbo, 2002 (CD) (P+)
Classic sing-alongs that are fun for the whole family.

The Wiggles.
Toot Toot! Lyrick Studios, 2000. (CD) (T-P)
A collection of mostly original, energetic activity songs about driving, cars, and other forms of locomotion.

Zesiger, Anne Nachtrieb.
Aesop for All Ages. Anne Nachtrieb Zesiger, 2003. (CD) (P+)
The songwriter and her playwright father collaborated to present songs that retell Aesop’s timeless lessons. The musical styles range from ballad to rock and funk.

Films, Videorecordings, and DVDs

Angelina Ballerina: Rose Fairy Princess. Hit Entertainment, 2002. (47 minutes) (T-P)
Based on the books by Katharine Holabird about a little mouse who loves to dance. This production includes four stories.

Angels in the Outfield. Walt Disney, 1994. (103 minutes) (I-Y)
A young boy in need of a father and a baseball team in need of a win find some heavenly help.

Are You My Mother? Random House, 1991. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Dogs race around in their cars, comment on hats, and party at the top of a tree in this video that includes Go, Dog, Go and two other stories.

Arthur, the Good Sport. Random House, 2002. (25 minutes) (T-I)
This video has three sport-related episodes from the Arthur series. Francine wants to be athlete of the year, Muffy’s dad exhausts the soccer team with weird drills, and Francine wants to be an Olympic equestrian.

Arthur’s Lost Library Book. Random House, 2003. (40 minutes) (P-I)
Three episodes from the Arthur series, including one where Arthur brings an imaginary friend to an amusement park.

Baby Galileo: Discovering the Sky. Buena Vista, 2003. (30 minutes) (T+)
Baby Einstein introduces little ones to the sun, moon, stars, clouds, planets, whirling galaxies and more, accompanied by classical music.

Bend It Like Beckham. Twentieth Century Fox, 2003. (113 minutes) (I-Y)
An 18-year-old Indian girl must try to mesh her family’s traditional values with her love for playing soccer, like her hero, real-life soccer star, David Beckham.

The Big Green. Walt Disney, 1996. (100 minutes) (I-Y)
A British schoolteacher forms a soccer team to motivate her class.

Blue’s Clues: Blue’s Birthday. Paramount, 1998. (38 minutes) (T-P)
Steve learns to dance a birthday dance before going to Blue’s birthday party.

Brink! Walt Disney, 1998. (90 minutes) (I-Y)
Andy Brinker is an in-line skater trying out for a spot on a competitive team in this made-for-television movie.

Careers: Focus on Your Future. Castleworks, 1997. (30 minutes) (I-Y)
Part of the “In the Mix” series, this episode focuses on careers, including that of a professional hockey player.

Curious George Rides a Bike. Weston Woods, 1958. (10.5 minutes) (P)
Based on the classic book, a monkey learns to ride a bike.

A Day at the Beach. Lyons Group, 1989. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Barney and all of his friends go the beach for an adventure.

Dora the Explorer: Super Silly Fiesta! Paramont, 2004. (49 minutes) (T-P)
Dora and her friends help Big Red Chicken save the fiesta after he loses the cake.

Drive: My Life in Skateboarding. Trinidad Entertainment, 2002. (55 minutes) (Y+)
This biography of a dedicated skateboarder explores the sport and those who champion it.

D. W. the Picky Eater. Random House, 1996. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Includes “Buster the Daredevil,” featuring Arthur and Buster learning to skateboard.

E-I-E-I Yoga. Mystic Fire, 1996. (38 minutes) (P+)
A child friendly approach to yoga with background bluegrass music.

Fiesta! Sony Wonder, 1997. (30 minutes) (T)
Sesame Street is having a fiesta! All of the songs on this recording are in both English and Spanish.

Fitness Fables 2. Classic Telepublishing, 1990. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Tony Randall narrates fables that encourage kids to exercise.

Food Safari—Breakfast. Yum Yum Studios, 2003. (29 minutes) (T-P)
Chef Beary Good and his sidekick, Sprinkle, take a hot air balloon ride and discover how maple syrup and other breakfast foods are made.

Franklin Plays the Game. Polygram, 1997. (25 minutes) (T-P)
Franklin’s team never wins a soccer game until Franklin learns to puts his team’s interests over his own.

George of the Jungle. Walt Disney, 1997. (92 minutes) (I+)
Apes raise George in the jungle.

Get a Clue! A-Pix Entertainment, 1998. (95 minutes) (I-Y)
Based on the book The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, a group of kids have to solve a puzzle to win $20 million.

Girl Wrestler. Women Make Movies, 2004. (53 minutes) (Y)
This documentary tracks the short wrestling career of Texan, Tara Neal, who is not allowed to wrestle competitively after she turns thirteen.

Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome. Educational Video Network, 1995. (42 minutes) (I-Y)
An introduction to mythological deities and their relationships with heroes of myth.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Weston Woods, 1994. (7.5 minutes) (P-I)
James Marshall retells this favorite fairy tale.

The Great Gracie Chase. Spoken Arts, 2002. (8 minutes) (T-P)
Gracie, a small dog, lives a quiet life until some noisy painters disrupt him.

Great Moments in The History of NASCAR. Biography Software, 2003. (90 minutes) (Y+)
Profiles the complete history of NASCAR from the early 1940s through contemporary races.

Hercules. Walt Disney, 1997. (92 minutes) (P+)
Animated story of this mythic hero.

Hip Hop Kidz: Learn to Hip Hop Dance. M.A.D. Degrees, 1995. (30 minutes) (I-Y)
High energy lessons will have everyone dancing.

It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown. Paramount, 1976. (25 minutes) (P+)
Charlie Brown is eager to play baseball but the other kids have planted trees on the field.

Johnny Tsunami. Walt Disney, 1999. (88 minutes) (I-Y)
A Hawaiian boy moves to the mountains of Vermont and greatly misses his friends, his grandfather, and surfing.

Jumanji. Columbia, 1995. (104 minutes) (I-Y)
A mysterious board game has strange powers. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.

The Karate Kid. RCA/Columbia, 1984. (127 minutes) (I-Y)
A teen asks a master of martial arts to help him learn karate.

King of the Wind. Family Home Entertainment, 1993. (101 minutes) (I-Y)
Based on the book by Marguerite Henry, a poor stable boy’s devotion to a racing stallion brings him into contact with royalty.

Kipper: Fun in the Sun. Hit Entertainment, 2003. (55 minutes) (T-I)
Kipper enjoys the hot summer days by participating in various activities with his friends, and meeting new friends.

Let’s Go to the Zoo. Lyric Studios, 2001. (50 minutes) (T-P)
Barney and his friends take a trip to the zoo to learn about the animals and the zookeeper’s job.

The Library. Live Oak Media, 1996. (5 minutes) (P+)
A woman who loves books finally collects so many that she starts a public library. Based on the book by Sarah Stewart.

The Little Rascals. MCA, 1994. (83 minutes) (P+)
When Alfalfa falls in love with Darla, their boys only club becomes and issue. There is more trouble when their clubhouse is destroyed and the neighborhood bullies steal their prized go-kart.

The Magic School Bus Plays Ball. KidVision, 1995. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Ms. Frizzle combines physics and baseball to create and entertaining lesson.

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers. Weston Woods, 2005. (10 minutes) (P-Y)
Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between Manhattan’s World Trade Center towers in 1974 is chronicled in this lyrical story filled with suspense.

Maniac Magee. AIMS Media, 1992. (30 minutes) (I-Y)
Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s athletic exploits become legendary in this film based on the book by Jerry Spinelli.

The Mighty Ducks. Walt Disney, 1992. (104 minutes) (I+)
As part of a community service assignment, a tough lawyer has to coach peewee hockey players who are not good at playing the game.

The Mighty Pawns. Public Media Video, 1987. (58 minutes) (I-Y)
An inner city teacher introduces four students to the game of chess.

Miracle. Walt Disney, 2004. (136 minutes) (I+)
The true Cinderella story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team and how they won the gold.

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. Weston Woods, 2003. (13 minutes) (P-I)
Miss Viola Swamp returns just in time to whip the football team into shape. Based on the book by Harry G. Allard.

Motocrossed. Walt Disney, 2001. (88 minutes) (I-Y)
When her twin brother can’t compete, Andrea takes his place in the race.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Churchill Films, 1991. (42 minutes) (I)
A tiny, talkative mouse is very fond of a young boy’s motorcycle. Based on the book by Beverly Cleary.

North Shore. MCA Home Video, 1988. (96 minutes) (Y)
An 18-year-old from Arizona dreams of riding the waves off Oahu’s North Shore.

On a Fun Rainy Day (Babies at Play). Warner Studios, 1995. (37 minutes) (T-P)
Babies play in the rain before going inside for a snack.

1000 Sports Bloopers And Antics. Questar, 2003. (120 minutes) (I-Y)
The funniest and most embarrassing mishaps are captured on film.

Peck of Peppers. WGBH Video, 2001. (30 minutes) (P-I)
This episode of “Between the Lions” features Lionel trying out tongue twisters.

Phar Lap. Playhouse Video, 1984. (107 minutes) (I+)
The true story of Australia’s most famous horse and its mysterious death.

Players in Pigtails. Weston Woods, 2004. (12 minutes) (P-I)
A young girl works to become a player in the first-ever All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Power Rangers Ninja Storm—Samurai’s Journey. Walt Disney, 2003. (80 minutes) (I-Y)
Cam travels back in time to unlock the secrets of a Samurai amulet.

Pumping Iron. Warner Home Video, 1977. (85 minutes) (Y+)
This documentary looks at what it takes to be a winning body builder by following the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger as he trains for his sixth win as Mr. Olympia.

Real Wheels: There Goes A Race Car. Kid Vision, 1994. (35 minutes) (P)
From funny cars to demolition derbies, two kids learn about race cars.

The Rookie. Walt Disney, 2002. (129 minutes) (I-Y)
The team knows their coach was headed to the major leagues when an injury sidelined his career. In a bet that takes them from worst to first, they challenge him to follow his dream.

Rosie’s Walk. Weston Woods, 1993. (4 minutes) (T-P)
Toe tapping, hoedown music accompanies Rosie as she walks around the barnyard. Based on the book by Pat Hutchins.

Rudy. Columbia, 1993. (113 minutes) (Y)
Rudy wants to play football for Notre Dame, but his blue-collar background and small stature make it unlikely that his dream will come true. Based on a true story of determination.

Self-Esteem: Building Strengths. Castleworks, 2002. (30 minutes) (Y)
Part of the “In the Mix” series, this episode addresses some of the ways teens can build self-esteem by building physical strength and fitness, supportive friendships, and mental agility.

Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World. Random House, 1994. (60 minutes) (T-P)
Everyone from Sesame Streets celebrates New Year’s Eve by looking at traditions from nations around the world.

Sesame Street: The Alphabet Jungle Game. Sony Wonder, 2001. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Elmo, Telly, and Zoe search the Alphabet Jungle for the missing “Z.”

Sesame Street: The Great Numbers Game. Sony Wonder, 1998. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Each number leads Elmo, Telly, and Gabi to more adventures.

Skateboard Kid II. New Horizons, 1995. (90 minutes) (I-Y)
A magical flying skateboard helps Sammy become the hottest skateboarder in town but also incurs the wrath of a group of local thrashers.

Sports Pages. GPN, 1988. (30 minutes) (P-I)
This episode of Reading Rainbow features LeVar Burton reading sports poems by Arnold Adoff.

Sports Tales and Tunes. Video Treasures, 1994. (30 minutes) (T-P+)
Puppets, cartoons, and live action segments are used to present stories and songs about sports.

Spot Goes to a Party. Walt Disney, 1994. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Spot shares a sense of wonder and discovery with every child as the loveable puppy goes to the beach, a party, and on a picnic.

Step Into Liquid. Artisan Home Entertainment, 2004. (87 minutes) (Y)
Discover the sport, the waves, and the magic of surfing through the voices of surfing legends.

The Story of the Dancing Frog. Weston Woods, 1989. (25 minutes)
A dancing frog travels the world earning fame and fortune. Based on the book by Quentin Blake.

Toot Toot! Lyrick Studios, 2000. (40 minutes) (T-P)
The Wiggles, a band from Australia, perform energetic activity songs about driving, cars, and other forms of locomotion.

Totally Rad. Paramount, 2004. (75 minutes) (Y)
Jackie, Matt, and Inez must defeat the Hacker in an extreme sports competition in this episode of Cyberchase, an award-winning PBS series.

25 Fun Songs for Kids. Madacy Kids, 2001. (31 minutes) (T)
All songs are performed by The Countdown Kids.

Ultimate X: The Movie. Touchstone, 2002. (47 minutes) (Y+)
This ESPN documentary chronicles the Summer X Games in Philadelphia.

Wee Sing: Grandpa’s Magical Toys. Price Stern Sloan, 1988. (56 minutes) (P)
Three children play with the living toys in Grandpa’s magical workshop.

Yoga 4 Teens. Yogaminded, 2003. (90 minutes) (Y)
A yoga instructor leads four teens through the basics.

You’re a Good Sport Charlie Brown. Paramount, 1975. (25 minutes) (P-I)
Charlie Brown makes a bid for victory and discovers that he is good at motorcross.

Zoe’s Dance Moves. Sony Wonder, 2003. (40 minutes) (T-P)
Sesame Street’s favorite dancer learns some new steps.


Athens 2004.
Sony Computer Entertainment, 2004. (P+)
Choose your country and then compete.

Awesome Athletes.
Creative Multimedia, 1995. (I+)
Over 250 athletes are interviewed.

Backyard Baseball.
Atari, 2005. (I+)
Play like some of baseball’s greatest heroes did when they were kids batting in the sandlot.

Backyard Skateboarding.
Atari, 2004. (I-Y)
The Backyard Kids are on a quest to build the ultimate skatepark.

Crossword Construction Kit.
Insight Software Solutions, 1995. (L)
Enter the words and with the touch of a few keys your crossword puzzle is created.

Dell Crosswords.
Vivendi Universal, 2001. (Y+)
Select your skill level and solve any of 1,200 puzzles.

Geosafari Geography.
Educational Insights, 1997. (I+)
Play games to learn about geography.

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup.
Electronic Arts, 2003. (I-Y)
Experience the speed, power, and competition of Quidditch, the magical sport of witches and wizards.

Hot Wheels Interactive: Stunt Track Driver 2.
Mattel Media, 2000. (P-I)
Choose from twelve cars and design a track.

I Spy.
Scholastic, 1997. (T-P)
Activities to help build basic skills.

Hasbro Interactive, 1998. (Y+)
Test your knowledge while Alex Trebek comments on your answers.

Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chester 2: Chess in the Black Castle.
Viva Media, 2004. (I-Y)
The nasty selfish King Black, who wants to be the only chess master in the land, is challenged by the other chess pieces in this story-based game that teaches kids to play chess.

My Amazing Human Body.
Dorling Kindersley, 1997. (P-I)
Shows how the human body works.

Atari, 2002. (I+)
Choose from 25 top drivers as you race on nineteen tracks.

NASCAR Thunder.
Electronic Arts, 2004. (Y+)
A NASCAR-based racing adventure puts you behind the wheel.

Putt-Putt Enters the Race.
Humongous Entertainment, 1998. (P-I)
Putt-Putt enters the Cowtown 500 but he must find the items on a list before he can race.


Note: If you do not want to subscribe to these magazines, buy a few copies for use during your reading program. Ask library patrons to donate their unwanted copies or check with a local magazine distributor for donations of last month’s issues. In addition, the magazine’s web site often contains samples of current articles, added features, games, and more. Check the site to see if you want to link to it to provide additional resources and activities.

American Cheerleader
P. O. Box 1957, Marion, OH 43306-8075
A bi-monthly magazine that features information on stunts, competition, training, and fundraising for cheerleaders, along with beauty and style tips.

135 N. Sixth Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
A magazine for bicycling enthusiasts, each issue includes tips, travel, and health information.

Carus Publishing Company, PO Box 9307, La Salle, IL 61301
High quality stories and poetry for teens, written by teens and others.

Cosmo Girl
P. O. Box 7791, Red Oak, IA 51591-0791
Beauty, fashion, and fun for contemporary teens.

Current Health 2
200 First Stamford Place, P.O. Box 120023, Stamford, CT 06912.
Weekly Reader’s health magazine for teens explores health and fitness topics.

Junior Baseball
P. O. Box 9099, Canoga Park CA 91309
Focuses on young players, their coaches, and profiles of teams. Each issue includes information on nutrition, skills development, injury prevention, and more.

Merlyn’s Pen
P. O. Box 2550, Providence, RI 02906
This magazine promotes teen literacy by encouraging and publishing teen writing.

Motocross Action
Telephone: (661) 295-1910
Articles are written by and about motocross enthusiasts.

Mountain Biking Magazine
9509 Vassar Ave., Unit A, Chatsworth, CA 91311-0883
Interviews with riders, along with many photographs, ensure this magazine will appeal to enthusiasts.

Natural Health
Articles focus on living a healthy lifestyle, preventive medicine, exercise, and outdoor sports.

Outdoor Photographer
12121 Wilshire Boulevard, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Articles offer practical advice on how to take better photographs.

Planet Capoeira
This is the first English language magazine for fans of this Brazilian martial art.

Popular Photography and Imaging
Broadway, 40th Floor, New York, NY 10019
The art and technique of better photography for amateurs and professionals is explored.

Runner’s World
Telephone: (610) 967-5171
Serious runners of all ages will find tips for training, eating, and improving their running skills.

Rush Hour
Random House, 1745 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Each issue of this biennial magazine includes about twenty short stories by noted authors, all on themes relevant to young people.

1440 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Articles focus on fashion, food, health, beauty, and self-esteem for teen girls.

SG (Surfing Girl)
Telephone: (800) 876-3487
In spite of the title, this magazine focuses on women and girls who ski, surf, and skate.

TransWorld Media, 353 Airport Rd., Oceanside, CA 92054
Articles feature events, personalities, and techniques, along with statistics and information about competitions.

Teen Vogue
Conde Nast Publications, 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048
High-end fashion and beauty advice for teens.

Teen Voices
P. O. Box 120-027, Boston, MA 02112-0027
This monthly magazine publishes articles by teen girls for teens. Topics include health, eating disorders, sexuality, and sports, as well as poetry and short stories.

USA Crossword
Kappa Publishing Group, 7002 W Butler Pl., Ambler, PA 19002
More than 90 brainteasers from the pages of USA Today are delivered monthly.

Yoga Journal
California Yoga Teacher’s Association, 475 Sansome Street, Suite 850, San Francisco, CA 94111
Advice and articles for beginners and experts.

Young Rider
3 Burroughs, Irvine, CA 92618
Facts, photographs, feature stories, and fun stuff helps young riders learn about horse breeds, equipment, riding skills, and more.


Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!

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