What I’m Reading Wednesday: OLYMPICS! Picture Book Edition

The OLYMPICS! are a huge deal in our house. We love watching, cheering, and feeling with all of these amazing athletes. We’ve picked up a few picture books to help prepare for the OLYMPICS! and we enjoyed them so much I had to share.

There’s even a special book about Brazil we checked out to get to know the host country a little bit better.

Here they are in no particular order and with no review from me (aside from me saying here that the words were wonderful, the illustrations were lively, the books (both non-fiction and fiction) were inspriring and taught important life lessons.)

olympig

Publishers Description:

Just in time for the Olympics, a spirited, sporty romp about losing gracefully

Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing, and the frustration begins to get to him. But even after coming in last in every sport, there’s no getting this Olympig down. It’s just great practice for the Winter Games!

Cool comic book styling combines with classic picture book heart in this encouraging and hilarious story for every kid who’s ever been told “you can’t win ’em all.”

nadia

Publisher Description:

Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless little girl who went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games, where she received an unprecedented seven perfect scores in gymnastics. But as readers will see in this first-ever illustrated picture book about Nadia’s journey to Olympic gold, the road from small-town girl to world-class athlete was full of many imperfect moments.       Expert illustrations that capture the energy and fluidity of Nadia’s exuberant gymnastic routines and referential back matter round out this inspirational story of determination and overcoming adversity. A perfect 10.

gisforgold

Publisher Description:

From the first games held in ancient Greece to the cultural extravaganzas of recent years, there have been some incredible and amazing events and milestones in the world of Olympic sports. Now in G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet, writer Brad Herzog showcases those athletes and events that not only set sports records but also impacted history and world views. Learn the meaning behind the five interlocking rings featured on the Olympic flag. Cheer on American Jim Thorpe as he won the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, only to lose his medals later. Read how the man dubbed as the “world’s laziest high jumper” won the gold in 1968 and later had a jump named after him. All these moments and more are brought to life in G is for Gold Medal.

8goldmedals

Publisher Description:

What does it take to win eight gold medals?

Napping away three summer vacations?

Eating enough broccoli to fill the back of a pickup truck?

Swimming the length of the Great Wall of China three times?

caillou

Publisher Description:

Clementine arrives at Caillou’s house wearing a blue ribbon. Caillou wonders how he could ever win such a prize. This gives Grandma an idea. She decides to organize backyard Olympic games with competitions like the heel-to-toe walk, the biggest smile or the silliest walk. In the end, everyone gets a ribbon — even Gilbert,for having the best purr. Caillou will learn that winning is not as important as having fun with his friends.

greek

Publisher Description:

You (the reader) are a small boy living near Athens during the mid-5th century B.C. Your father sends you off to school to learn about the arts and athletics. It is his hope that someday you will honor the family by competing in the Olympic Games. As you train and compete in the games you will get an insider’s look at what events are held, such as the pentathlon, running, and wrestling. After reading this book there will be no doubt in your mind that this is definitely a race you’d rather not run.

frog

Publisher Description:

Laugh out loud with this wonderfully funny and charming picture book story about frogs coming together from around the world to particpate in and celebrate their ‘Frog Olympics’.

The rhyming text is brilliant to read out loud at home or in the classroom.

Great for discussion starters about the Olympics and to talk about inclusion and how people, or frogs, of every size and ability can take part in the Olympics.


dreambig

Publisher Description:

Long before he became a professional All-Star basketball player, Michael Jordan had dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal—and with dedication and perseverance, that’s exactly what he did. This heartwarming picture book, written by Michael’s mother and illustrated by Barry Root, gives a rare glimpse into a sports hero’s childhood and emphasizes the role that good values play in success. An ideal companion to the New York Times bestselling Salt in His Shoes and releasing in time for the 2012 Olympics, Dream Big is an inspiration to all.

elympics

Publisher Description:

Get ready for figure skating, diving, slalom racing, and more–elephant style! X. J. Kennedy’s cast of spirited pachyderms compete for gold medals in the Elympics. This collection of fast-paced poetry will have you laughing and cheering as each new character strives in a different event. Some are as graceful as a bird. Other are as clumsy as a toad. Some crash land, but win by a nose. You never know what will happen when good-natured elephants throw their weight around and go for the gold medal.

touch

Publisher Description:

A biography of the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, from her childhood in segregated Albany, Georgia, in the 1930s, through her recognition at the 1996 Olympics as one of the hundred best athletes in Olympic history. Includes bibliographical references.

winners

Publisher Description:

Mia Hamm, American soccer champion and best–selling author of Go for the Goal, tells a true–life–inspired story of learning that winning and losing aren’t as important as being part of a team.

More than anyone, soccer superstar Mia Hamm knows the value of teamwork and perseverance. She shares this lesson, paired with energetic illustrations by Carol Thompson, in this motivational story perfect for soccer kids and their soccer moms!

brazil

Publisher Description:

Just in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, discover what it’s like growing up in Brazil with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about kids just like you in countries around the world!

Olá! My name is Marco, and I’m a kid just like you living in Brazil. Brazil is a country filled with beautiful rain forests, bustling cities, and world-class sports. Have you ever wondered what living in Brazil is like? Come along with me to find out!

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