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Fiction is shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.


The Berenstain Bears:  We Love Baseball     IN-BETWEEN
by Mike Berenstain
The family enjoys everything the ball game has to offer, from the seventh-inning stretch to catching a fly ball. Papa even takes a shot as the team’s mascot!

Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective:  The Big Swat            PICTURE BOOK
by David Biedrzycki
Springtime in Motham City means baseball, but the player who could lead the Stinkbugs to a rare winning season loses confidence when his special bat is stolen, and Ace Lacewing is hired to find it before the team misses the playoffs. 

The Perfect Game                              J FICTION
by Matt Christopher
Now playing on different teams, twelve-year-old cousins--and best friends--Carter and Liam must compete against each other at the Little League World Series. 

Pete the Cat Play Ball            BEGINNING READER
by James Dean
Pete the Cat has a mitt, a ball, and a bat. He's ready to play baseball! Pete's team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. But when things don't go Pete's way, will he get upset? 

Baseball Great                        J FICTION
by Tim Green
Working with Jaden, the school reporter, to get the behind-the-scenes story on the youth championship baseball team, Josh's suspicions of steroid use among the players result in a confrontation with a dangerous man who makes it clear he isn't happy about the questions being asked.  

Best of the Best                      J FICTION
by Tim Green
Determined to play in the Little League World Series, twelve-year-old Josh struggles to concentrate on his game and be the team's leader while also trying to cope with his parents' impending divorce. 

Home Run                   J FICTION
by Tim Green
Forced to work with an unforgiving disciplinarian of a coach who has taken over the travel baseball team, Josh aspires to achieve a high number of home runs to win a derby that is giving away a house where his family can live in comfort and safety. 

Pinch Hit                     J FICTION
by Tim Green
Sharing an identical appearance and very different lives, Trevor, a wealthy actor who longs to play baseball, and Sam, a young athlete of very limited means, realize that they were twins separated at birth and decide to switch places, with unexpected results. 

Ray and Me                                  J FICTION
by Dan Gutman
After recovering from being hit in the head during a baseball game, Stosh travels back in time to try to save Ray Chapman, a batter who was killed by a pitch in New York in 1920.  

Roberto and Me                                     J FICTION
by Dan Gutman
Stosh travels back to 1969 to try to prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a legendary baseball player and humanitarian, but upon his return to the present, he meets his own great-grandson who takes him into the future, and what he finds there is more shocking than anything he has encountered in his travels to the past.  

Ted and Me                J FICTION
by Dan Gutman
When Stosh travels back in time to 1941 in hopes of preventing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II, he meets Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. 

Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game                IN-BETWEEN
by Amy Guttierez
When the announcer fails to show up for her brother's first baseball game, Marty is called to announce the game, inspiring her dream not only to score but to announce. 

Flat Stanley at Bat                              BEGINNING READER
by Lori Houran
A latest early reader tale starring the whimsical Flat Stanley finds him trying out for the baseball team and outwitting the best players until the fairness of his "flat-vantage" is called into question.  

The Contract              J FICTION
by Derek Jeter
A debut novel inspired by the legendary sports icon's career follows the childhood ambitions of aspiring shortstop Derek, who is disappointed by his second-base assignment in Little League and who works to maintain his grades in order to pursue his dream of Yankees stardom.
See also:
The Contract 

The Philly Fake                       IN-BETWEEN
by David Kelly
Cousins Mike and Kate must help the Philadelphia Phillies' mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, clear his name after the team's bats begin to suspiciously break during games.
See also:
The Pinstripe Ghost
The L.A. Dodger
The Astro Outlaw
The Wrigley Riddle
The All-Star Joker 

Bats at the Ballgame              PICTURE BOOK
by Brian Lies
Two teams of bats play an exciting nighttime baseball game.  

Picture Pressure                     IN-BETWEEN     
by Jake Maddox
Allen is pitching in the biggest game of the year, but Grandpa Jim, his biggest fan, is at the hospital fighting for his life. 

Wall Ball                                  J FICTION
by Kevin Markey
As the boys of the Rambletown Rounders get ready for another baseball season, spring training is taking place in the snowiest weather Rambletown has ever seen.

The Case of the Stinky Socks              IN-BETWEEN     
by Lewis B. Montgomery
Detectives-in-training Milo and Jazz join forces to tackle their first big case--finding out who stole the lucky socks from the high school baseball team's star pitcher. 

Joy in Mudville                       PICTURE BOOK
by Bob Raczka
The day after Mighty Casey's strikeout, the Mudville Nine are in a crucial game when a relief pitcher-a girl--is sent in and quickly proves herself to the crowd using moves from football, tennis, and soccer. 

The Boy Who Saved Baseball            J FICTION
by John H. Ritter
The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato. 

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball              J FICTION
by John H. Ritter
In 1881, a rough-and-tumble California mining town baseball team enlists the help of a quick-witted young orphan and the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid to win a big game against the National League Champion Chicago White Stockings.   

Baseball on Mars = Beisbol en Marte                J SPANISH PICTURE BOOK
by Rafael Rivera
After "traveling to Mars" in Roberto's homemade spaceship, Roberto and his father play a game of catch. 

The Hero Two Doors Down               J FICTION
by Sharon Robinson
Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship. 

Tyrannosaurus Dad                         PICTURE BOOK
by Liz Rosenberg
Tobias's father is different from other dads, not only because he is a tyrannosaurus but also because he is busy all of the time, but when disaster looms during Field Day at Tobias's school, his dad comes through. 

Mr. Putter and Tabby Drop the Ball              BEGINNING READER
by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby take time off from napping to play on the Yankee Doodle Dandies baseball team. 

Make a Trade, Charlie Brown                 IN-BETWEEN
by Charles Schulz
Hoping that his baseball team will finally win some games as the new season begins, Charlie Brown asks Peppermint Patty to trade some of her teammates, only to learn that the sole player she will consider is Snoopy. 

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe                      J FICTION
by David Teague
Nervously filling in for an injured star player, a youth with limited athletic skills and a magical gold watch that can stop time orchestrates a game-winning home run only to be confronted with the consequences of his time meddling.  

Bill Pennant, Babe Ruth, and Me                  J FICTION
by Timothy Tocher
Having a hard time training the new mascot, 16-year-old Hank Cobb has great doubts about what he will be offer the new slugger named Babe Ruth who has just joined the team, but when a crazy trip to Coney Island lands him in trouble, priorities have to be realigned in order to get his life back on track.



 Cam Jansen and the Basketball Mystery                              IN-BETWEEN
by David A. Adler
After it was signed by all his former players and the governor, the team's retiring coach is upset to learn that his special basketball has suddenly gone missing, so clever sleuth Cam and her friend Eric take the case to discover who stole it and return it to its rightful owner. 

Pass the Ball, Mo!                  BEGINNING READER
by David A. Adler
With the big game coming up, Mo Jackson, the shortest member of the basketball team, is determined to learn how to pass the ball in time to help his team win. 

Quick Fix                                 J FICTION
by Jack D. Ferraiolo
When the star of the basketball team is blackmailed, it is up to Matt Stevens, the lone voice for justice in corrupt Franklin Middle School, to uncover who is behind the scheme--Vinny "Mr. Biggs" Biggio, his deputy Kevin Carling, or perhaps the scheming Thompson twins.

Game Changers                      J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
Starting the basketball season after an incredible football championship win, Ben McBain and his crew, including the talented Shawn O'Brien, are challenged by newcomer Chase Braggs, whose point guard abilities outstrip Ben's and who attracts Lily's attention while Ben is busy practicing. 

Hot Hand                                J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
In the wake of his parents' separation, ten-year-old Billy seems to have continual conflicts with his father, who is also his basketball coach, but his quiet, younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is having even more trouble adjusting, and only Billy seems to notice.

Hoop Hotshot                        IN-BETWEEN     
by Jake Maddox
Joe, thinking of himself as a hotshot basketball player, focuses mainly on trying to wow the crowd, but at tryouts for the freshman team, Joe is quickly cut, and it is up to him to prove he has what it takes to stay in the game. 

Mason Dixon: Basketball Disasters                           J FICTION
by Claudia Mills
Fourth-grader Mason struggles to enjoy playing basketball after his best friend persuades him to join a team and learns that the dog-hating lady next door is not so bad after all. 

Back Court Battle                               J FICTION
by Rich Wallace
After the starting point guard sprains his ankle during a game, Jamere steps in until his rival teammate returns for the championship. But with both boys expecting to start in the final game, their coach asks Jamere to decide who will play. The ending is Up2u! 


Hooray for Fly Guy                             BEGINNING READER
by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy joins Buzz's football team, despite Coach's misgivings, and hits the field for a special, secret play.

Love of the Game                               J FICTION
by John Coy
Sixth-grader Jackson has a rough start in middle school, with bullies on the bus, few classes with his friends, and changes at home but some good teachers, meeting a girl, joining a club, and playing football soon turn things around. 

Deep Zone                              J FICTION
by Tim Green
Twelve-year-old football stars Troy White and Ty Lewis are eager to face each other in a seven-on-seven tournament being held at the Super Bowl in Miami, unaware that bad choices made by members of their families will put both boys in danger. 

Football Champ                     J FICTION
by Tim Green
Twelve-year-old Troy's uncanny gift for predicting football plays proves a powerful secret weapon for the Atlanta Falcons, but a seedy reporter with a vendetta suspects something is going on and sets out to shred the reputations of Troy and star linebacker Seth Halloway. 

Kid Owner                 J FICTION
by Tim Green
When Ryan learns that his estranged father left him the Dallas Cowboys in his will, it is all Ryan can do to keep his dad's other son from snatching the team away.

Touchdown! Dear Dragon                             BEGINNING READER
by Margaret Hillert
A boy and his pet dragon meet up with their friends and play football.  

The Extra Yard                        J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
Teddy has been training all summer with his new friends Jack and Gus to make the new travel football team in Walton, but when his long-absent dad comes back to town and into his life, he is faced with a much bigger challenge.      

Fantasy League                      J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
In Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Charlie's skill at fantasy football gains the attention of both the local media and the owner of a professional football team. 

The Lone Stars                        J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
A star football athlete becomes increasingly alarmed at transformations he witnesses in the coach and former football hero who has become like a father to him, behaviors that are traced to the effects of post-concussion syndrome. 

QB1                             J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
Jake Cullen, fourteen, lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally has his chance to shine.

The Underdogs           J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
Small but fast 12-year-old Will Tyler, an avid football player in the down-and-out town of Forbes, Pennsylvania, takes matters into his own hands when a lack of funding threatens to cancel the football season, rallying the entire town and giving the whole community hope in the process. 

Family Huddle                                    PICTURE BOOK
by Peyton Manning
During a trip to visit both sets of grandparents in Mississippi, brothers Eli, Cooper, and Peyton, and their father, former NFL star Archie Manning, take advantage of every opportunity to play football, practice plays, or play sports trivia games. 

Control Freak                    J FICTION
by Steve Moore
Steve prepares to spend the football season on the bench, but when he and his friends come into possession of a device that seems to control people, he plans to use it to get a little more involved in the game. 

The Revenge of the Bully                   J FICTION
by Scott Starkey
Rodney Rathbone tries to live up to his reputation as a reluctant hero when he earns a spot on his school football team--along with his arch-nemesis--while trying to regain his girlfriend Jessica's trust and survive his mother's new job as the restaurant reviewer for a local paper. 


Molly Meets Trouble (Whose Real Name is Jenna)                         IN-BETWEEN
by Megan Atwood
Pen pals Molly and Olive are both having relationship problems--Molly is struggling with a new girl, who thinks name calling is a way to fit in, and Olive has joined a gymnastics team which is putting a strain on her friendship with Emma.  

McKenna                    J FICTION
by Mary Casanova
Ten-year-old McKenna has always been a good student-and great at gymnastics. So when her grades suddenly begin to fall, her teacher suggests a little extra help from a tutor. McKenna is horrified until she meets her tutor, Josie, a super-confident girl who also happens to be in a wheelchair. 

McKenna, Ready to Fly!                     J FICTION
by Mary Casanova
McKenna's cast is coming off soon, but she still has to get through tryouts for the competitive gymnastics team. When her friend Josie needs help facing her fear of horseback riding, McKenna wants to be there for her friend. Only that causes trouble with her gymnastics teammate Toulane. McKenna desperately wants to be true to both of them.

Gold Medal Summer                          J FICTION
by Donna Freitas
After fourteen-year-old Joey experiences her first kiss and learns that her best friend wants to quit competitive gymnastics, she considers giving up her dream of winning gold medals in order to have a normal life, even as her sister and assistant coach urge her to reach a new level.

Jake at Gymnastics Class                               PICTURE BOOK
by Rachel Isadora
Jake and his diverse group of friends love their action-packed gymnastics class, where they stretch, tumble, balance, and turn somersaults. 

I Will Try                    BEGINNING READER
by Marilyn Janovitz
A young girl beginning to learn gymnastics is tempted to quit because she cannot spin and jump like her friend Jan, but Jan persuades her to keep trying.


Free Climb                              J IN-BETWEEN
by Jake MaddoxWhen Amir is caught climbing buildings in his neighborhood, Officer Roberts takes him to a legal climbing wall and he learns how to rock climb properly. 


We Love Soccer!                                BEGINNING READER
by Mike Berenstain
Brother, Sister and Honey Bear share a sunny afternoon of playing soccer by passing, kicking and scoring goals together in a leveled reader that touches on themes of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Hat Trick                     J IN-BETWEEN
by Matt Christopher
When his older brother gets his picture in the paper for scoring three goals in a soccer game, Stookie tries to emulate his feat.

Maisy Plays Soccer                             J PICTURE BOOK
by Lucy Cousins
Maisy and her friends play a rousing game of soccer in a read-aloud tale that describes how they don colorful uniforms and meet on the field before sharing a game of excitement and suspense.  

Barbie, You Can Be a Soccer Player                BEGINNING READER
by Kristen Depken
In this Step 2 Deluxe Step Into Reading leveled reader, Barbie and her friends learn what it takes to be a team soccer player. 

Dog Days                                 J IN-BETWEEN
by Karen English
Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.  

Olivia Plays Soccer                             BEGINNING READER
by Tina Gallo
Olivia is very excited to be playing soccer, but she really wants to wear the red jersey. However, only the goalie can wear red, and Olivia was not chosen to be goalie. Can Olivia find a creative solution to this colorful dilemma? 

The Million Dollar Kick                       J FICTION
by Dan Gutman
Thirteen-year-old Whisper, who hates sports, is torn when she gets a chance to win a million dollars by kicking a goal against a local soccer hero.

Emma Dilemma and the Soccer Nanny                    J FICTION
by Patricia Hermes
When Emma and her siblings want to get a kitten and another ferret, and Emma wants their nanny to be the chaperone on her soccer team trip, the children decide to go on strike to try to force their parents to meet their demands.

Emma Dilemma, the Soccer Nanny, and the Best Horse Ever                     J FICTION
by Patricia Hermes
Emma's happy summer of soccer camp with best friend Luisa and visits to Rooney, the beloved old horse at the nearby stables where Annie the nanny helps out, changes when she discovers that Rooney is being sold and Luisa has some unhappy news. 

It’s a Good Game, Dear Dragon                    BEGINNING READER
by Margaret Hillert
A boy's pet dragon watches him play soccer with some of his friends.        

Goal!                                                   J PICTURE BOOK
by Mina Javaherbin
Earning a brand-new, federation-size soccer ball for their team in South Africa, Ajani and his friends kick, dribble and run their way to a football championship that is threatened by a group of ball-stealing bullies. 

Pinkalicious:  Soccer Star                  BEGINNING READER
by Victoria Kann
Pinkalicious and her soccer team, the Pinksters, are ready for their first soccer match! When their opponents, the Ravens, show up, they make fun of the Pinksters' pink soccer ball.

Big Kicks                                  J PICTURE BOOK
by Bob Kolar
When the Mighty Giants soccer team needs a last-minute substitute player, they ask a very large bear named Biggie, but they soon learn that being big and being good at soccer are not the same thing. 

Shoot Out!                             J FICTION
by Mike Lupica
Transferring to a last-place soccer team that forces him to choose between accepting constant losses or quitting the game he loves, Jake receives advice from a teammate about how to be an effective captain, both on and off the field.

Soccer Spirit                                       J IN-BETWEEN
by Jake Maddox
When the girls' soccer team is cancelled, three girls who want to continue to play must join their arch rival team and do their best to get along with their new teammates.  

El Golazo de Pedro                             J SPANISH PICTURE BOOK
by Fran Manushkin
Pedro would love to be the goalie in the team's first game, but another boy is bigger--so all of Pedro's friends help him practice goal tending before the tryout. 

Soccer Mania                         J IN-BETWEEN
by Jane O’Connor
As her third-grade class makes its selections for the "Graveyard of Boring Words" and learns about "superb synonyms," slow-footed Nancy enthusiastically plays on the soccer team, with the goal of just being mediocre, or maybe even a little better than average. 

Soccer on Sunday:  Magic Tree House Series                       J IN-BETWEEN
by Mary Pope Osbourne
Jack and Annie search for the fourth secret of greatness for Merlin the Magician in Mexico City at the 1970 World Cup Games where they hope to learn something new from soccer player great, Pele. 

Agatha Parrot and the Heart of Mud                                   J IN-BETWEEN
by Kjartan Poskitt
Resolving to return a soccer-banned Martha to the playing field and to play matchmaker between her brother and a mysterious girl, Agatha secretly engages in an email exchange with the girl, whose spelling prowess proves to be particularly helpful.

Goal-Minded                          J FICTION
by Lisa Simons
The reader is the main character in this interactive soccer adventure for ages 9 to 13; they make choices that affect the story and collect points to upgrade their soccer skills in order to win the big game at story’s end.  

Davy, Soccer Star                               J PICTURE BOOK        
by Brigitte Weninger
Davy and his friends form the Wild Rabbits soccer team and go up against the Bold Badgers in the Junior Forest Soccer Tournament, in which the first prize is a genuine professional soccer ball.  


Swim, Boots, Swim                            J PICTURE BOOK
by Phoebe Beinstein
Dora and Boots go to the beach, but before they can have fun, Mariana the mermaid has to teach Boots how to swim.

Puppy Pool Party                   J PICTURE BOOK
by Seth Casteel
Photographs and simple, rhyming text reveal what goes on beneath the surface at the puppy pool party. 

Cork & Fuzz: The Swimming Lesson              BEGINNING READER
by Dori Chaconas
The enduring friendship of muskrat Cork and possum Fuzz is tested by Fuzz's inability to swim and hesitation at accepting swimming lessons from Cork, who is adept in the water. 

Jabari Jumps                           J PICTURE BOOK
by Gaia Cornwall
Passing tests in swimming class that give him the confidence to try jumping off the diving board, little Jabari stretches his muscles and squeezes his dad's hand when the big moment arrives, in a story that celebrates finding one's courage. 

Maisy Learns to Swim                        J PICTURE BOOK
by Lucy Cousins
Going swimming for the first time together, Maisy, Eddie, and Tallulah venture into the pool and adjust to the cold water while learning how to kick, float, and blow bubbles.

The Weight of Water                         J FICTION
by Sarah Crosson
Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka's father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society. 

Otter: Let’s Go Swimming                 BEGINNING READER
by Sam Garton
The irrepressible Otter from Oh No, Bath Time! reveals how he is about to go to the beach to learn to swim but is afraid of the ocean.

Can I Tell You a Secret?                     J PICTURE BOOK
by Anna Kang
Monty the frog has a secret he wants share with you--he cannot swim!     

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim                       J PICTURE BOOK
by Deb Lucke
One very hot summer, Eric Dooley watches his younger sister go from her first swimming lesson all the way to the diving board, while his fear of the water keeps him from joining her and the rest of the people of Clermont County in the pool.

Diving Off the Edge                            J IN-BETWEEN
by Jake Maddox
Riley and Blake's friendship changes when Blake finds a new group of friends, but when Blake tries a crazy stunt at the lake one day, Riley must decide if he can put the past aside and save his former friend. 

Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout              J IN-BETWEEN
by Megan McDonald
After a close encounter with a mutant amphibian makes him freaky for frogs, water-shy Stink becomes a swimming success after being in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever. 

Drake Makes a Splash                        J IN-BETWEEN
by Ray O’Ryan
Discovering that Drake does not know how to swim, Zack helps Drake overcome relatable fears about the water so that they can prepare for a splashy galactic adventure.     

Gracie LaRoo at Pig Jubilee               BEGINNING READER
by Marsha Qualley
It is Gracie's first time at the Pig Jubilee with her synchronized swimming team, the Water Sprites, and she is the youngest pig with a chance to win a gold medal--the trouble is that she keeps getting distracted and missing her solo part, a triple spin dive. 

Gracie LaRoo Sets Sail                        BEGINNING READER
by Marsha Qualley
The Water Sprites are to perform their synchronized swimming routine on a cruise ship, but the piglets aboard start throwing things at the swimmers--so Gracie gets help from Rita Sinclair and her dancers to impose order on the passengers.
See also:
Gracie LaRoo Goes to School 

Sergio Makes a Splash                       J PICTURE BOOK
by Edel Rodriguez
Fishing by, skating on, and splashing near water is no problem for fun-loving Sergio, but when the class goes on a field trip to the ocean where swimming will be involved, Sergio knows the time has come when he'll have to face his fears and jump on in! 

Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip                       J PICTURE BOOK
by Cynthia Rylant
It's a hot summer day, and Brownie and Pearl are off to take a dip in their small blue pool. They grab their bathing suits, their beach ball, and their super-chic sunglasses and get ready to soak. But when--oops!--Pearl takes a surprise spill into the water, will Brownie be able to revive her pal's sopping-wet spirits?  

Splish, Splash, Splat               J PICTURE BOOK
by Rob Scotton
Splat does not want to have a playdate with Spike. Spike will break his toys and eat all of his candy fish! And he does not want to learn how to swim—water is horrible, scary, and wet! He's sure that this is going to be the worst day ever. But when the rest of their classmates rush straight into the pool, Splat and Spike find that they may have more in common than they thought.

Tea, Y Si no Se Hacerlo?                     J SPANISH PICTURE BOOK
by Silvia Serelli                       
La mamá de Tea quiere que asista a clases de natación, ipara que pueda nadar en la playa sin manguitos! Pero, iqué vergüenza! ...sus amigos ya saben nadar... ¿y si ella no fuera capaz?  

Dive In!                                   J FICTION
by Cassie Waters
Enjoying a Memorial Day weekend at the local swim club, Grace looks forward to spending time with the cute boys from the swim team and letting go of a troubled friendship while struggling to raise funds to become an official club member.
See also:
Heat Wave
Cool Down