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Moms Must Read: Books for Olympians of All Ages

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Moms Must Read:
Books for Olympians of All Ages

 

It’s time for the Olympics! I love the Olympics, because even though I’m not much of a sports fan, I love the idea of athletes of all colors performing at their best. It’s the one time I feel like we truly are in it together. Good sportsperson behavior wins over terrorism, failed economies, or any other disagreements.

Working hard and learning to believe in yourself are goals that are applicable to the littlest athlete to the oldest. Let’s take a look at books that will inspire and motivate your Olympic champion, whether it’s Mom, Grandpa, your husband, or your teen.

1.Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

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Here’s a book for Dad and Grandpa. A group of young men from hard working families form a crew (rowing) team to defeat the odds and the most elite crew teams in Europe. Life in the Depression was difficult enough, yet through determination and optimism the team overcomes these odds to find themselves in the 1936 Berlin Olympics facing off against Hitler’s team. There’s even a version for younger readers too.

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2. What Are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman

What Are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman

Kids love love love the What are… and Who is…series. Here’s one for them. Introducing early middle grade readers to the history of the Olympics, the text is easy to read, the illustrations are fun and kids learn something! It’s like a sneaky way of teaching. l love this series. There is Who Was Abraham Lincoln, Who is Barack Obama, etc. Just about anyone famous has a book. Perfect for non-fiction readers or young biography projects.

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3. Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas with Michelle Burford

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If you have a teen who’s looking for an inspirational book or a hero for a biography project this is the book. A bestseller, little Gabby’s story is amazing. At the Olympics, all we see is a cute little girl in a leotard but she’s so much more than that. The determination you need to excel at this sport is awe-inspiring (like leaving home to live with your coach). There’s so much to learn from Gabby that this book will be a go-to for years to come.

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4. Michael Phelps, The Untold Story of a Champion by Bob Schaller

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Phelps has had to overcome so much in his life. One thing’s for sure, most Olympic athletes credit their home life or a coach for supporting them and helping them overcome adversities. Phelps’ life was no different. Imagine being a child with ADHD to becoming one of the most most decorated US Olympians ever? I think this book will appeal to boys who might not like to read or to a Dad who likes numbers and stats.

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5. Misty: My Journey Through Volleyball and Life by Misty May-Treanor

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Misty is more than a nice looking volleyball player in a bikini. Growing up in a house of competitive athletes, it seems natural that she’d have what it takes to dominate a sport. Here’s a book for fans of triumphant women and also volleyball fans.

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Whether you’re a couch Olympian or a dedicated athlete, there’s a lesson for everyone to learn from the Olympics. To be sure, winning is great; but there’s something to be said for losing, perseverance, and believing in yourself. These are qualities that every child or adult can benefit from. Whether you’re losing at a spelling bee or riding your bike for the first time, we’ve all started somewhere. I think that’s a quality that we share with Olympic athletes. What’s holding you back? You can do it. Go for your dreams!

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