20 Slam-Dunk Basketball Books for Kids

For March Madness and beyond.

Best Basketball Books for Kids

Ready, set, grab those brackets. March Madness is here. While you’re gearing up for the intensity of three straight weeks of college basketball and mulling over your bracketology, here are 19 basketball books for kids.

Just a heads up, WeAreTeachers may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. We only recommend items our team loves!

Best Basketball Books for Kids in Grades K–2

Young readers can join in on the fun with stories about competitiveness, team pranks and sportsmanship.

1. Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

Image1-DinoBasketball

BUY IT

2. Allie’s Basketball Dream by Barber E. Barber

BUY IT

3. Cam Jansen: The Basketball Mystery by David A. Adler

BUY IT

4. MVP #4: The Basketball Blowout by David A. Kelly

BUY IT

5. Five Fouls and You’re Out by Val Priebe

BUY IT

6. Basketball Break by CC Joven

BUY IT

7. Point Guard Prank by Jake Maddox

BUY IT

Best Basketball Books for Kids in Grades 3–5

Middle grade readers can live vicariously through these young basketball stars. Along the way, they’ll learn that basketball might build confidence, but you have to keep your head in the game and make smart decisions.

8. Slam Dunk by Sharon Robinson

BUY IT

9. The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

BUY IT

10. STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire

BUY IT

11. Jump Shot by Ronde and Tiki Barber

BUY IT

12. A Whole New Ball Game by Phil Bildner

BUY IT

13. Double Team by Michael Teitelbaum

BUY IT

Best Basketball Books for Kids in Grades 6 and Up

Teen readers may be surprised to learn that basketball isn’t just all fun and games. Players’ lives are not always as exciting as they may seem. They face real challenges and responsibilities, sometimes out of their control. However, basketball can be a saving grace.

14. Hoops by Walter Dean Myers

BUY IT

15. Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee

BUY IT

16. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

BUY IT

17. Last Shot by John Feinstein

BUY IT

18. The Final Four by Paul Volponi

BUY IT

19. Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

BUY IT

20. Night Hoops by Carl Dueker

BUY IT

What are your favorite basketball books for kids? We’d love to hear about them in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, check out our list of Olympics books and funny books for kids.

 

Posted by Maegen Rose

Maegen Rose is a school librarian in New York.

Leave a reply

Check Out Freebies & Offers, Just for WeAreTeachers ReadersGo Now >>
+