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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Sports

 


2001 Award
Salt in his Shoes
(by Deloris & Roslyn Jordan/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Michael worried that he would never grow tall enough to play basketball. His mother had a salty solution, but his father taught him that practice and determination were also essential to succeeding. A true grit story! 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Satchel Paige
(by Lesa Cline-Ransome/illus. by James E. Ransome, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) The Ransomes touch all bases, telling how Paige got his nickname carrying satchels, went to reform school for stealing, and discovered his talents to become the first African American to pitch in a major league World Series. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
The Soccer Mom from Outer Space
(by Barney Saltzberg, Crown $15.95 Score:) School-aged kids may love your attention at home but be easily embarrassed by too much of a good thing in public. Meet Soccer Mom—the prototypical over-the-top enthusiast extraordinaire ! Nice that it focuses on a female player and parent. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Tennis Ace
(by Matt Christopher, Little Brown $3.95 Score:) Steve wishes he liked playing tennis as much as his sister. Ginny, wishes her dad would take her playing as seriously as he does Steve's. All in all, this is about family and the pressures that kids often face when parents try to relive their own dreams through their kids. 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way
(by Peter Golenbock/illus. by Paul Lee, Harcourt $16 Score:) Hank Aaron was determined to play in the major leagues before black players were allowed to play. He not only fulfilled his dream he was the first player to break Babe Ruth's home run record, and not all fans were rooting for this black player.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Morgan Plays Soccer
(by Anne Rockwell/illus. by Paul Meisel, HarperCollins $15 Score:) A terrific book for reluctant athletes! Morgan's not sure he can play, but is convinced and ultimately coached by his friend Nina in how to play soccer. We love the fact that the girl is the leader and the message is that it takes practice to become competent.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
I Love Skating!
(by Jane Feldman, Random House $3.25 Score:) If you have a child inspired by the figuring skating competition at the Olympics, here's a quick little photo essay about five year old Nastia who is learning how to ice skate. We especially liked the discussion about falling (it happens!) and getting back up again. It shows Nastia getting ready for competition and winning (of course!).

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2005 Award
By My Brothers Side
(Tiki & Ronde Barber, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Though Tiki and Ronde Barber are not the most compelling story tellers, fans of these twin NFL Superstars will most likely enjoy the story of their childhood, which was marked most importantly by their devotion to each other and the support of their mother. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Mia Hamm: Winners Never Quit!
(Mia Hamm/illus. by Carol Thompson, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Young sports players, no matter what sport they play, should be required to read this book about learning how to lose gracefully. A young Mia is shown quitting when she begins to lose. When her friends stop wanting to play with her, she is forced to regroup. She realizes that playing the game she loves is more important than the outcome.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Mighty Jackie, the Strike-Out Queen
(Marissa Moss/illus. by C. F. Payne, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Based on a true event, this entertaining biography tells the story of a mighty pitcher who managed to strike out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. A member of a minor league team, Jackie Mitchell was just 17 years old on that big day when the Yankees rolled into Chattanooga to play an exhibition game that made history! Little League players are sure to enjoy this story. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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