Ready for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games? Get your kids reading and ready for the upcoming games with the following list of inspiring reads for ages 4-14.
In celebration of the upcoming Winter Games, Scholastic has created the “Gold Medal Book List,” a special winter sports-themed list of books curated by Scholastic Reading Club. This Winter Games reading guide aims to help kids, parents and teachers discover new books and genres, such as sports fiction and nonfiction, and, ultimately, to encourage kids to spend more time reading as they learn about the Winter Games games and favorite athletes.
“Major events such as the Winter Games are great opportunities to engage kids in timely and high-interest books,” said David Allender, Editorial Director for Scholastic Reading Club. “Reading books about new sports or an athlete’s determination can truly ignite a child’s imagination and encourage him or her to read more.”
The Scholastic Gold Medal Book List (list is not ranked in any order):
1. Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky): ages 4–6
2. Olympig!: The Triumphant Story of an Underdog by Victoria Jamieson (Dial): ages 5–8
3. *Polar Bears on Ice by Kate Flanagan (Scholastic): ages 6–8
4. G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog (Sleeping Bear Press): ages 6–9
5. *Isabelle the Ice Dance Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic): ages 7–10
6. Rainbow Magic: Olympia The Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic): ages 7–10
7. *Ready, Freddy! #16: Ready, Set, Snow! by Abby Klein (Scholastic): ages 7–10
8. *Jigsaw Jones #29: The Case of the Snowboarding Superstar by James Preller (Scholastic): ages 7–9
9. Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House): ages 7–10
10. Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House): ages 7–10
11. *Geronimo Stilton #33: Geronimo and the Gold Medal Mystery by Geronimo Stilton (Scholastic): ages 8–10
12. Mystery at the Olympics: Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein (Random House): ages 10 and up
13. *Candy Apple #23: Ice Dreams (Special Edition) by Lisa Papdemetriou (Scholastic): ages 10–13
14. Gold Medal Winter by Donna Freitas (Scholastic): age 10–14
15. Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas (Scholastic): ages 10–14
* Denotes titles available as an eBook through Storia®.
All of the books listed above are available through Scholastic Reading Club, Storia or book stores nationwide. Purchases through Scholastic Reading Club help to support your child’s school and classroom.