Lists and Suggestions for Kids

List: Black History Month Sports and Athletics

Reid, Megan, author.

Althea Gibson was the quickest, tallest, most fearless athlete in 1940s Harlem. She couldn't s... More

Zuckerman, Gregory, author.

"Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing fie... More

Sánchez Vegara, Ma Isabel (María Isabel), author.

"Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contr... More

Borth, Teddy, author.

Artistic gymnastics is a demonstration on strength, athletics, and grace. Gymnastics has athletes a... More

Borth, Teddy, author.

Artistic gymnastics is a demonstration on strength, athletics, and grace. Gymnastics has athletes a... More

Sherman, Jill, author.

"A photo-illustrated biography for early readers on four-time, Olympic gold medalist Simone Bi... More

Wetzel, Dan, author.

"Well before Simone confronted the pressure of the Olympics, she faced real-life challenges as... More

Meadows, Michelle, author.

"A lyrical picture book biography of Simone Biles, international gymnastics champion and Olymp... More

Schwartz, Heather E., author.

"Misty Copeland is an author, global volunteer, and principal ballerina. But her path to succe... More

Copeland, Misty, author.

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin l... More

Copeland, Misty, author.

From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a youn... More

Leslie, Jay, author.

In 1989, Venus and Serena Williams faced off in their first tennis tournament. They went on to take... More

Winter, Jeanette, author, illustrator.

"Celebrated picture book biographer Jeanette Winter shares the story of champion tennis player... More

Lajiness, Katie, author.

"Meet Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad! Muhammad's life story is examined from her childho... More

Faust, Daniel R., author.

The first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympi... More

DiPrimio, Pete, author.

"Mo'ne Davis did what most people thought couldn't be done. She dominated like no gi... More

Davis, Mo'Ne, author.

Mo'ne's story is one of determination, hard work, and an incredible fastball. Mo'ne ... More

Henderson, Leah, author.

"Mamie "Peanut" Johnson had one dream: to play professional baseball. She was a tale... More

Williams, Andrea, author.

Before Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, Black athletes pla... More

Johnson, Varian, author.

Introduces the Negro Leagues of baseball, highlighting the players, coaches, owners, and teams that... More

Rappaport, Doreen, author.

An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier ... More

Williams, Heather, 1974- author.

Most of the time sports are seen as the height of competition, but often they also bring people tog... More

Buckley, James, Jr., 1963- author.

Jesse Owens is one of the most famous athletes of all time, but he experienced discrimination throu... More

Sánchez Vegara, Ma Isabel (María Isabel), author.

"One of five siblings, Little Michael grew up facing competition in every game he played. When... More

Wetzel, Dan, author.

"Following his record-breaking year at Duke University and his electric NBA debut, Zion has dr... More

Leed, Percy, 1968- author.

"Tim Duncan trained to be an Olympic swimmer before beginning to play basketball at 14. Follow... More

Chandler, Matt, author.

"Zion Williamson was a record-breaking high-school athlete in South Carolina. He went on to le... More

Strand, Jennifer, author.

Describes the life and career of Arthur Ashe, including his childhood, the racial issues he faced a... More

Stanmyre, Jackie F., author.

"Barriers have existed to deny people the chance to compete athletically based on their race, ... More

Riley, Rochelle, author.

"That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World features Riley's grandson, Cale... More

Skinner, J. E., author.

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Dakers, Diane, author.

Throughout his life, basketball superstar Earvin Magic Johnson has met both challenges and opportun... More

Steele, Laura Price, author.

"LeBron James worked hard to become a National Basketball Association (NBA) star. Now he uses ... More

Harper, Mireille, 1995- author, consultant, writer of foreword.

"Amazing visual timelines take readers through the people and the issues that have shaped Blac... More

Gitlin, Marty, author.

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Bolden, Tonya.

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Noble, Trinka Hakes, author.

Gordy and Ira, one African-American and one German-Jewish, who live in Depression-era Detroit, bond... More

Williams, Doug (Sportswriter), author.

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947- author.

At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He s... More

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947-

While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Mital work on their new home, he tells them about... More

Graubart, Norman D., author.

"A biography of boxer Laila Ali"-- ... More

Platt, Christine A., 1976- author.

Ana & Andrew are finally old enough to play team sports! Andrew tries out for the baseball team... More

Kendrick, Erika J., author.

Twelve-year-old Magic Pointdexter comes from a long line of cheerleaders, but to follow in their fo... More

Miller, J. P. (Janice P.), author.

"Discover the courageous stories of elite Black athletes who battled prejudice and exclusion t... More

Williams-Garcia, Rita, author.

"Considered the fastest woman of all time, Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo, set... More

Smith, Charles R., Jr., 1969- author.

A collection of poems that celebrate contemporary NBA basketball stars, including Anthony Davis, Gi... More

Sherman, Jill, author.

"A photo-illustrated biography for early readers on Minnesota Lynx basketball star Sylvia Fowl... More

Chandler, Matt, author.

"As the youngest player in the National Basketball Association during his rookie season, Giann... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

"All-court tennis phenom Sloane Stephens is ranked fourth in the WTA with six singles titles a... More

Chandler, Matt, author.

"Standing over 6 feet tall while in middle school, Kevin Durant seemed destined for basketball... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

"Point guard Chris Paul not only led the NBA four times in assists and six times in steals-he ... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

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Fishman, Jon M., author.

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Slade, Suzanne, author.

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Hoena, B. A., author.

"This graphic biography traces Colin Kaepernick's road from young sports standout to athl... More

Florio, John, 1960- author.

Recounts the politically and racially charged rivalry between African-American boxing champion Joe ... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

An easy reader biography of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. ... More

Sturm, James, 1965- author, illustrator.

Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Ji... More

Churnin, Nancy, author.

"In the 1960s Charlie Sifford became the first African American to break the color barrier in ... More

Wittenstein, Barry, author.

In 1959 Bernard is a young Red Sox fan, troubled by the lack of Black players in major league baseb... More

Doeden, Matt, author.

In the early 1900s, professional baseball was mostly segregated. The Negro Leagues provided an alte... More

Coy, John, 1958- author.

"Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game betwee... More

Wilson, Wayne L., author.

Before and after the Civil War, the African American community held the same passion for baseball a... More

DeMocker, Michael.

Banned from professional baseball in the late 19th century, African-American players were forced to... More

DiPrimio, Pete, author.

"Brace to meet some of the biggest baseball stars of the Negro Leagues. They were men and wome... More

Roberts, Russell, 1953-

Like America in the first half of the twentieth century, baseball was still segregated. Every road ... More

Hoblin, Paul.

Introduces several of the greatest Negro Leagues baseball players who played before the integration... More

Smolka, Bo, 1965-

A history of the segregated Negro leagues, which were active from the 19th century up to the 1950s,... More

Craft, Jerry, 1937-

"The story of Jerry Craft, the first white man to play in the West Texas Colored League during... More

Smith, Charles R., Jr., 1969-

"In 1934, Chicago was the setting for one of the most fascinating ballgames in history: the se... More

Nelson, Kadir.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League ... More

Hoena, B. A., author.

"Jesse Owens smashed records throughout his track and field career. In 1936, he made history a... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

"Only sixteen years old, tennis prodigy Coco Gauff has played in the most prestigious tourname... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

"Right fielder Mookie Betts is the only player in MLB history to win a Gold Glove, Silver Slug... More

Fishman, Jon M., author.

"Meet Antonio Brown, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. From his training process to w... More