5 of the best sports-themed books for kids

There's going to be LOTS of sport on TV over the next few weeks...is your little one getting inspired? If so they'll love these...


As Olympics fever once again grips the nation, we thought we would share the best sporty books for the gold medallist in your life. 


1. Elmer And The Race

For the very young, you can’t beat a bit of Elmer the elephant. In Elmer And The Race (by David McKee), the gang decides to hold a competition to see who is the fastest.

But as they set off, the elephants soon find out there is more to life than being first and that sometimes being the kindest or the most helpful also makes you a winner.

This is a very thoughtful story that will encourage children to celebrate their successes in whatever guise they may come.

David McKee is a consummate storyteller and everyone should have at least one Elmer on their shelf.

  • Age: 2+
  • Publisher: Andersen Press
  • Price: £6.99
  • Available from: Amazon

2. Ready Steady Mo!

Ready Steady Mo! is a fun story book written by double Olympic gold medallist, father-of-four and all-round national treasure Mo Farrah (with a little help from the bestselling author Kes Gray).

The racy, rhyming text is designed to get kids reading and running and the entertaining illustrations by Marta Kissi make the pages spring into life.

My youngest loved this and it got her really enthused about the forthcoming games and seeing Mo running for Great Britain. Let’s hope we’ll see the MOBOT on the podium once again.

  • Age: 3+
  • Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
  • Price: £3.85
  • Available from: Amazon

3. Peppa Pig Sports Day 

Peppa Pig Sports Day follows the nation’s favourite porcine family as they head out for Peppa and George’s nursery sports day. But the pair get off to a very slow start…

Peppa doesn’t appear to be able to run very quickly and George can’t jump. Will they ever manage to win anything?

This title is from the Ladybird Readers series and is designed to develop children’s reading skills.

Each sentence is carefully crafted to include high-frequency words without losing the sense or the fun of the story.

I love Peppa and I love this series as children are much more inclined to build a love of reading if their first books can inspire and interest them. Well worth adding to your summer reading collection.

  • Age: 4+
  • Publisher: Ladybird Books
  • Price: £4.75
  • Available from: Amazon

4. Olympic Games Sticker Book

The clever people at Usborne have once again come up trumps with this Olympic Games Sticker Book.

It covers everything from how the Games began to the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as information on all the major events.

There are also more than 100 stickers of famous athletes including medal hopefuls Jessica Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt.

Published with the backing of the International Olympic Committee, this info-packed title will make a great companion for any Games-mad fan.

  • Age: 7+
  • Publisher: Usborne
  • Price: £7.99
  • Available from: Usborne

5.  Olympic Sport: The Whole Muscle-Flexing Story: 100% Unofficial

Glenn Murphy’s Olympic Sport: The Whole Muscle-Flexing Story: 100% Unofficial is the latest in the Science Sorted series.

With his trademark mix of wit and wisdom, Murphy (whose other books include Does Farting Make You Faster? and Why Is Snot Green?) answers such questions as whether Olympians are born and not made; and how can gymnasts balance on their hands?

This is a great book for curious kids who like to know the why as well as the how.

  • Age: 7+
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
  • Price: £5.99
  • Available from: Amazon

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