Every two years, I become completely Olympic obsessed. I love watching both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and I am excited that this year my boys are old enough to enjoy the games with me.
Of course, before we watch the games, we have to read about them! Here are some excellent non-fiction and fiction books that we’ve been ready to get in the Olympic spirit. I hope you enjoy them, too!
9 Books About the Summer Olympics
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Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson – Boomer is an underdog (underpig?) who tries his best, but starts to get frustrated with coming in last during the Animal Olympics. However, he eventually realizes that doing his best is the best way to get better!
What Are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman – We love the What Was…? and Who Was…? series of books, and this one is no exception. Full of great information about the Games and their history, plus lots of photographs from past Olympic Games. Great as a read aloud or a solo read for kids who can handle early chapter books.
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne – Travel waaaay back in time to see how the Olympics began with this title from the popular early chapter book series. This fictional tale follows Jack and Annie to Ancient Greece, and there’s also a nonfiction companion book available.
G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog – Journey through Olympic history and learn the alphabet in this gorgeously illustrated book. This book profiles some of the most important events and people of past Olympic Games, and teaches kids why they are so memorable.
Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray – Gymnastics is one of the most popular sports of the Summer Games, and Nadia Comaneci is one of the greatest of all time. This picture book biography tells the story of how Nadia when from an active little girl to an Olympic champion.
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull – Talk about inspiring! This book taught me many things I didn’t know about Wilma Rudolph, including how she overcame polio to become the first woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps and Alan Abrahamson – It’s not easy to win eight gold medals like swimmer Michael Phelps; it requires intense training! This fun fiction book shares lots of true facts about Phelp’s training process and how hard work brings results.
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence by Deloris Jordan – Michael Jordan accomplished amazing things in college and the NBA, but his dream was always to win an Olympic gold medal. His mother tells the story of the Olympic dream he had from childhood, and how he worked hard to make his dream a reality.
Olympic Sport: The Whole Muscle-Flexing Story: Extremely Important Questions (and Answers) About Sport from the Science Museum by Glenn Murphy – This fun book takes a closer look at the science behind the games and the athletes. How do basketball players hang like that? Why do hurdlers do the splits when they jump? Read this book to find out.
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