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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Books for Olympics-inspired pupils

I'm anticipating that my pupils will all be wanting to read sport-themed novels when we get back to school in a couple of weeks. So I'm looking for new titles to add to the school library so I asked Twitter for recommendations. I also scanned Amazon and used the school library online catalogue to come up with this list to help anyone looking for an Olympic read.

Sporting Reads Book List


  • When Granny Won Olympic Gold - poetry collection
  • Medal Mayhem (Stunt Bunny) by Tamsyn Murray
  • Football Academy (series for 7+) by Tom Palmer
  • Foul Play (1st in series for 9+) by Tom Palmer
  • Striker Boy by Johnny Zucker
  • Gym Stars: Summertime and Somersaults  (1st in series) by Jane Lawes
  • Girls FC (series) by Helena Pielichaty
  • Stadium School (series) by Cindy Jefferies and Seb Goffe
  • Running for Gold by Owen Slot
  • Cycling for Gold by Owen Slot
  • Cows in Action: The Moo-lympic Games by Steve Cole
  • TJ and the Cup Run (Theo Walcott Series) 
  • The Kick Off (1st in the Jamie Johnson series) by Dan Freedman
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (for the sailing references)
  • London 2012 Novel: Deep Waters by Robert Rigby
  • London 2012 Novel: Running in Her Shadow by Robert Rigby
  • London 2012 Novel: Wheels of Fire by Robert Rigby
  • Berlin Olympics: Olympic Swimmer (My Story Series) by Vince Cross
  • Olympia the Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows
  • Sam and Ruby's Olympic Adventure by Tony Bradman and Martin Remphry
  • Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics by Jeanne Willis and Arthur Robins

  • B.A.S.E. Camp (Black Cats) by Rob Childs
  • The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog Goes for Gold! by Jeremy Strong
  • Vulgar the Viking and the Great Gulp Games by Odin Redbeard
  • Camp Gold: Running Stars by Christine Ohuruogu
  • Camp Gold: Going for Gold by  Christine Ohuruogu


Thanks to: @Nictheauthor, @rebeccabooks, @jonnybid, @kpaice, @wesatdown for their recommendations.


If you have any recommendations, please share them in the comments or tweet me @the_bookette.

I haven't found any basketball, hockey, canoeing or kayaking novels and many more Olympic sports are missing from this list. I wonder if Team GB athletes could work with editors to produce a great new series...

5 comments:

Dotty Miss said...

Great book list, thanks for compiling!

Cliona said...

Great book list! There's one called Deep Water by Jo Cotterhill, about a girl the Olympic Sychronized Swimming team :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG how awesome. I love it. Go Granny!

Katherine Roberts said...

Great list, Becky. My own Olympic themed book is out of print now, so not one for your library (unless you already have it, of course!)

But the good news is that it's available as an ebook for Kindle... "The Olympic Conspiracy", set at the ancient Games in Greece with a bit of magic mixed into the plot.

(If children haven't got a Kindle, they can also read it on their phone, computer, etc. with a free app from Amazon.)

Clover said...

What a great list, thank you for sharing it!

My nearly 7 year old came home from the library the other day with Medal Mayhem and some other info based book on the Olympics. He's really into it and I love that he is.