Today we are offering non-fiction basketball books for boys of all ages. We started with a board book for young boys and moved on to books that older boys will totally enjoy.
These books are great for March Madness or for anytime you want to get your basketball lovin’ boy reading. Grab a few titles, toss them in his room or on a table in the living room and sit back and watch what happens.
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Non-fiction Basketball Books
When events such as March Madness and The Super Bowl come around it is the perfect time for introducing your boys to some new books. Let’s take a look at some good non-fiction basketball books today. We chose 10 that are perfect for basketball fans from toddler to teen.
- We will start with a board book for toddlers. In My First Basketball Book your child will get one picture and one word on each page covering the basic language used in basketball such as shoot, swish, dribble, and rebound.
- Those of you who follow our best books for boys lists know that we are fans of Gail Gibbons. In My Basketball Book she does what she does with all of her books and lays out a description of the topic in easy to understand language. When finishing one of her books one has a good grasp of the basics.
- Younger boys, as well as those who are a bit older, will like this book. J is for Jump Shot: A Basketball Alphabet Yes, it is an alphabet book but it is packed with info and covers “rules, fundamentals, famous players and plays.” BTW the illustrations in these books are wonderful.
- Basketball Superstars 2016 covers the hottest players right now. A full-size action photo is shown along with one page of information on each player featured. This reader is nice and engaging for boys who don’t like to read a lot of info at once.
- This looks like a good one for boys who are into all things science. The Science of Basketball: The Top Ten Ways Science Affects the Game is full of nice color images and covers things such as gravitational pull, arc, acceleration and more. It is written in a way that the information blends in nicely and make learning about science and basketball interesting.
- Let’s move from science to math with this book: Basketball: The Math of the Game This title is a great way to show boys that math is everywhere, even in their favorite sport. Covers things such as diameter, percentage and things such as distance from 3 point line to basket.
- Here is a list book for your boys. If you are not familiar with list books go here to see why they are great. Sports Illustrated Kids Slam Dunk!: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Basketball The book is set up to show the top 10 of a variety of basketball topics. Here are a few: top 10 . . . teams, dunkers, scorers, trades, nicknames, fans and so on.
- From history to coaches to the hall of fame, The Everything Kids’ Basketball Book: The All-time Greats, Legendary Teams, Today’s Superstars–and Tips on Playing Like a Pro covers it all. Admittedly, these are not the most attractive books out there. There are no big glossy pictures here so if you have a boy who is very visual you might want to pass but the information provided is solid and there is a lot of it.
- Unlike the title above this book is great for visual learners. Super Basketball Infographics is an interesting title. The information is all presented in infographics. I like this unique way of presenting the info and think boys will like it too.
- Sports Illustrated Kids puts out some good books and Big Book of Who: Basketball is no exception. This non-fiction basketball book is a who’s who of basketball. It covers players, profiles, stats, and is filled with facts historical to present day. The book is a question and answer book too so it is fun to use it to quiz each other. (check out the sikids website for more basketball info)
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