Heather's favorite sports picture book biographies

  • Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen,  by Marissa Moss
    Women were banned from playing baseball after 17 year-old Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth.

  • America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle,  by David Adler
    Gertrude Ederle beat the men's record for swimming the English Channel when women were told to stay at home.

  • Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive,  by Carole Boston Weatherford
    This African American won four Olympic medals in Germany, but Hitler refused to shake his hand.

  • Hammerin' Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg,  by Yona Zeldis Mcdonough
    Refusing to accept prejudicial attitudes of the time, Henry Greenberg became baseball's first Jewish superstar and a friend to Jackie Robinson.

  • Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson,  by Sue Stauffacher
    Althea Gibson started out as a tomboy who was "nothing but trouble" and became the first African American to win the Wimbledon Tennis Championship

  • Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth,  by Robert Burleigh
    George Herman Ruth Jr. chased his baseball dreams from the dirt lot to the major leagues and became one of baseball's all-time legends.

  • Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman,  by Kathleen Krull
    Wilma Rudolph overcame polio and gender discrimination to win three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

  • Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan,  by Floyd Cooper
    Michael Jordan's determination and love for the game transformed him from a normal kid to a basketball superstar.

  • Satchel Paige,  by Lesa Cline-Ransome
    Satchel Paige is one of the all-time great players of the Negro League and the first African American pitcher to play major league baseball.

  • Henry Aaron's Dream,  by Matt Tavares
    Henry Aaron never gave up on his dream to play baseball at a time when the ballparks posted signs saying, "Whites Only."