Winter is a great month for reading indoors by the fireplace, but it’s also a really fun time to play winter sports! Combine both loves with this list of winter sports books for kids.
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This self-curated list of winter sports books is great for talking about the sports people play during the winter months. These winter sports books also double up as great conversation starters for the Winter Games (aka the Olympics!).
How do I use themed books with my students in the classroom?
I love reading ALL books with my students, but I definitely save certain books for certain times of the year. These books are great for the winter season, and during a year when we get to watch the Winter Games on TV.
But no matter when I read certain books, sometimes the books are still too high for my students. This set of adapted piece book sets will:
- give you great visuals to use with books you’ve had for years.
- engage and involve your students in the story.
- students will be able to answer questions and show their understanding by using the pictures.
- allow you to include all students at several different levels, with just one book set.
- aide students with comprehension of the story, every step of the way, with vivid and engaging visuals.
- plan ahead for whole group, small group, reading with a partner, or reading alone.
So what books do I read that are themed for winter sports?
- Tacky and the Winter Games – Tacky and his friends are training for the Winter Games. After training hard, they’re ready for the games. Are the games ready for Tacky?
- G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet – This book showcases Olympic athletes and events that have set sports recorders throughout history. Readers will also learn the meaning behind the five interlocking rings on the Olympic flag.
- Hockey Morning Noon and Night – Hockey fans will be able to relate to Pepper, a 7-year-old boy who eats, breathes, and sleeps hockey!
- Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee – Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee, head out for a day on the slopes. When they encounter a curious moose, they find themselves in quite a predicament. How will they find their way out of this snowy situation?
- Olympig! – Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics. Even after losing every competition, he keeps his spirits up. Boomer learns that believing in yourself is more important than winning.
- Henry Hockeysticks: A Day on the Pond – Henry and his sister are excited to spend a day playing hockey on the pond. From the fresh morning snow to the full hockey moon, they’re surrounded by family and friends and nature.
- Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics – Snowman Paul wants to try out for the Winter Olympics, but his friends say he’s too old. Follow along as Paul learns what it means to play fair and be a good winner.
- Wally Raccoon’s Farmyard Winter Olympics – Wally Raccoon is excited to participate in the Farmyard Olympics. He’s having trouble joining in until a friend helps him find a sport he can participate – and excel – in.
- Camels Don’t Ski – Calamity the Camel is tired of her daily routine, and she decides a cold weather holiday would be nice. However, she discovers that the snowy cold is not what she expected and quickly begins to long for home.
- Just One Goal – Ciara is tired of carrying her hockey gear across town when there’s a perfectly good frozen river in her backyard. She’s determined to help her team, the River Rink Rats, win a game on their own brand new rink.
- Max and Marla – Max and Marla are best friends and aspiring Olympians. When they face obstacles in their training, they realize that true joy lies in friendship – not in winning.
- Callie Cat, Ice Skater – Callie Cat skates on her frozen pond day and night. When Honeybrink Ice Rink announces a contest, will she win the big prize?
- A is for Axel: Skating Alphabet – Professional figure skater, Kurt Browning, takes readers through the alphabet explaining the history, techniques, and memorable moments of his beloved sport.
- Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet – This book features rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of hockey while focusing on each letter of the alphabet.
- A Kid’s Guide to the 2018 Winter Games – This book introduces all fifteen sports for the Winter Olympics as well as some of the top athletes from Team USA.
- Sally Sore Loser: A Story about Winning and Losing – In this story, not only does Sally learn how to be a good winner AND a good loser, but she learns that the most important thing is having fun.
- Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything – Howard B. Wigglebottom teaches young readers about sportsmanship and being a team player.
- Pig the Winner – Pig the Pug is a cheat and a sore loser. But, when he accidentally stuffs more than food in his mouth during a kibble eating contest, he’s lucky his friend Trevor is there to save the day.
- If Winning Isn’t Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose? – Kelsey is a sore loser who’s not afraid to cheat or throw a tantrum. She’s also a terrible winner. Fortunately, her mom and coach are there to teach her to be a good sport.
- You’re a Good Sport, Miss Malarkey – Miss Malarkey’s mottos is “Let’s have fun!” How will she handle her new soccer team whose parents believe winning is everything?