Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Olympics: read and watch!

With the Vancouver Winter Olympics just around the corner, here are a few books to read - when you're not glued to your TV screen watching the excitement, of course!

Ancient Greece and the Olympics : A Nonfiction Companion to Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (the author of the Magic Tree House series gives you a glimpse into the origins of the Olympic games)

The Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympics by John Wukovits (a comprehensive guide to the Olympics)

The Olympics : Unforgettable Moments of the Games by Matt Christopher (a noted sports writer takes you on a tour of the most exciting moments in Olympic competition from ancient times to the present day)

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds : The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo (a fascinating picture book biography about an incredible athlete whose persistence and dedication truly paid off!)

Wilma Unlimited : How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull (another picture book biography, this time of a woman who overcame incredible obstacles to excel at the sport she loved)

You Wouldn't Want to be a Greek Athlete! : Races You'd Rather Not Run by Michael Ford (a funny cartoon-style guide to the ancient Olympics - part of the immensely popular You Wouldn't Want to Be series)

Also look for these great online resources collected by the public library:

KCLS links about the Ancient Olympics
KCLS links about the Modern Olympics

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