UT reading expert's list of Olympics books for kids of all ages
Cindy Welch, the associate director at the Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. UT photo
The 2016 Summer Olympics are just a month away. Since the games take place every four years, some kids may not remember the 2012 Olympics in London.
This year's games, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, might spark some interest—and some questions—in kids of all ages.
Cindy Welch, who serves as the associate director at the Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, believes books are a great tool to answer questions children may ask about the upcoming Olympic Games.
"Children are naturally curious and want to know what's going on with their favorite things," said Welch. "The Olympics are a great opportunity to watch and learn together as a family, and these books explore different facets of the games. It's a great way to nurture reading, too."
Welch recommends the following Olympics-related books:
Grades K-2: "Winners Never Quit!" by Mia Hamm, two-time Olympic soccer gold medalist
Grades K-5: "Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman" by Kathleen Krull
Grades 1-4: "G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet" by Brad Herzog
Grades 2-4: "Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper" by Ann Malaspina
Grades 3-6: "You Wouldn't Want to be a Greek Athlete: Races You'd Rather Not Run" by Michael Ford
Grades 3-7: "Great Moments in the Summer Olympics" by Matt Christopher
Grades 4-8: "A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times" by Benson Bobrick; "Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics" by Sue Macy
Grades 4-7: "The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics" by Daniel James Brown
Grades 9 and up: "Gold in the Water: The True Story of Ordinary Men and Their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory" by P.H. Mullen