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Best Kids Books About the Olympics

 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.



About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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