The 2020 Olympics are happening now in Tokyo and to get your littles excited, we’ve put together a list of books that will help all ages cheer a little louder for their favorite Olympians!
G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet // An informative picture book that describes aspects and history of the Olympics. It’s a text heavy book that may require paraphrasing for younger kids.
Max and Marla // Learn the keys to success (preparation, practice and perseverance), with this adorable picture book perfect for the winter Olympics.
The Golden Girls of Rio // Who rules the world (or at least the 2016 Olympics)? Girls! Learn about Simon Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Katie Ledecky, who shattered swimming records in multiple events; Michelle Carter, the first American gold medalist in shot put; Simone Manuel, the first African American woman to medal in individual swimming and more!
How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals // Written by Maize and Blue hero Michael Phelps, this fun colorful children’s book teaches kids about the hard work it takes to train for the Olympics (bonus: there are dinosaurs!)
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman // Teach your little that nothing is impossible and that perseverance pays off with this inspirational picture book.
Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still // When you settle down for storytime, use this book as a reminder of why jumping off the walls and on the bed can be a good thing.
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper // A beautiful free-verse story of the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.