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My First Karate Class
My First Karate Class
Hardcover      ISBN: 1481479326

Beginning readers can learn all about what happens at karate class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of young martial artists-in-training

It's the first day of karate class. What will it be like? Find out in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Karate students wear a uniform called a gi, and learn to block and kick Young readers will love seeing kids their age practicing karate, learning words like obi (the karate belt), and more in this adorable introduction to the sport

Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic karate moves--to be done with a parent or guardian's supervision.
Yoga for Kids: Simple Animal Poses for Any Age
Yoga for Kids
Simple Animal Poses for Any Age
School & Library      ISBN: 0807591726

A little boy begins taking yoga lessons at the zoo, where he learns that he can mimic the animals there with simple yoga poses. When he returns home after his lessons, he practices with his cat, Nino. With an illustration of each animal pose and a description of how to do it on each page, this enchanting book makes the perfect instruction guide for even the smallest yogi.

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues
Black Diamond
The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues
Paperback      ISBN: 0590458108

This spirited, Newbery Honor-winning tribute to the unsung heroes of the Negro Baseball Leagues provides an exceptional narrative of a vivid era in U.S. sports history (The Boston Globe). An engaging account.--New York Times Book Review. Winner of the 1995 Coretta Scott King Honor. Photos.

The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics
The Gymnastics Book
The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics
Paperback      ISBN: 177085133x

An excellent book in every way ... Best of all, the book is accessible to early readers. Superb coverage of a popular sport.
--School library Journal (starred review)

This indispensable guide is simply the best book for beginners to the sport of artistic gymnastics. Illustrated with stunning full-color photographs of gymnasts balancing, tumbling and jumping, The Gymnastics Book features skilled guidance from a medal-winning, record-breaking gymnast who is now a noted instructor.

The topics covered in detail include:

  • Finding a good gymnastics club
  • Qualities to look for in a coach
  • Warm-up and cool-down exercises
  • Entering competitive gymnastics
  • Managing victories and losses
  • The importance of family and friends
  • Nutrition and apparel
  • Financial aspects
  • A typical day of training for competition.

The book is also filled with anecdotes and advice from Olympic stars, taking beginners behind the scenes and offering a no-holds-barred account of life as a competitive gymnast. New gymnasts featured include:

  • Shallon Olsen: At just 11 years old she ranked first overall in her age category. She now has the 2016 Olympics games in her sights.
  • Kyle Shewfelt: To date, Kyle is the only Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, Athens) from Canada.
  • Emily Boycott: A Special Olympics athlete and 27 years old, her team took home five gold medals from the 2007 Beijing Olympics.
Hammerin' Hank the Life of Hank Greenberg
Hammerin' Hank the Life of Hank Greenberg
Paperback      ISBN: 080278478X
The Creator's Game: A Story of Baaga'adowe/Lacrosse
The Creator's Game
A Story of Baaga'adowe/Lacrosse
Paperback      ISBN: 0873519094

The game of lacrosse is a gift from the Creator, given to the American Indians in the long ago. But Travis Skinaway doesn't know the full story of the game: he only knows that he struggles to catch the ball and tends to throw it over the other boys' heads. Maybe he's not built right to run the field. His teammates and coach seem to think he's hopeless, anyway.

Travis is ready to hang up his gear, but then his grandfather appears in a dream, explaining to him that lacrosse is a spiritual quest, just like a prayer, a song, or a dance. Mom doesn't believe Travis's story, but Grandma knows: she says dreamtime is just as real as awake time.

Grandpa continues to visit Travis, sharing details about the different styles of play, the types of equipment, the various traditions among the tribes. Wearing his grandfather's gear, Travis gains confidence as he practices with the team. When opportunity strikes at the big game, he carries the durable weight of tradition onto the field with him, celebrating skills handed down through generations.

Co-owner of Redbird Media and Design, Art Coulson (Cherokee) is an award-winning writer and editor with decades of experience playing lacrosse. Robert DesJarlait (Anishinaabe, Red Lake), cofounder of Protect Our Manoomin, is an artist and activist who illustrated Meridel LeSueur's Sparrow Hawk.
Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer
Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name
My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062397524

Be inspired to reach for your dreams

At the age of thirteen, Mo'ne Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A month later she earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

This inspiring memoir from a girl who learned to play baseball with the boys and rose to national stardom before beginning eighth grade will encourage young readers to reach for their dreams no matter the odds. Mo'ne's story is one of determination, hard work, and an incredible fastball.

Mo'ne Davis is a multisport athlete who also plays basketball and soccer, and is an honor roll student at her school in Philadelphia.

With an 8-page full-color photo insert, this memoir celebrates our fascination with baseball in a story of triumph to be shared with generations of young athletes to come.

Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey, Young Reader's Edition
Through My Eyes
A Quarterback's Journey, Young Reader's Edition
Hardcover      ISBN: 0310723450

Meet Tim Tebow: He grew up playing every sport imaginable, but football was his true passion. Even from an early age, Tim has always had the drive to be the best player and person that he could be. Through his hard work and determination, he established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and as a top prospect in the NFL. Now, in Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey, he shares the behind-the-scenes details of his life, on and off the football field. Tim writes about his life as he chooses to live it, revealing how his Christian faith, his family values, and his relentless will to succeed have molded him into the person and the athlete he is today.

T Is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet
T Is for Touchdown
A Football Alphabet
Paperback      ISBN: 1585363375

The sounds of autumn include the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and the thump of the kickoff starting the first home football game. Sleeping Bear Press is proud to continue our bestselling sports series with Tis for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet. Sports writer Brad Herzog's easy-to-read-aloud rhymes engage even the youngest of readers, while hardcore fans can devour the detailed expository that covers the sport of the pigskin, from A-Z and end zone to end zone. Plays and players are just a few of the topics covered. Brad Herzog's first job as a newspaper sports reporter allowed him to travel with the Cornell University football team. He has been writing about the game ever since. A past Grand Gold Medal Award winner from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Brad has written more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction children's books. Brad lives on California's Monterey Peninsula. Mark Braught's sixteen years of professional experience has earned him prestigious awards from The American Advertising Federation (ADDY), Communications Art, the NYArt Directors Club, and the Society of Illustrators, to name a few. He lives in Commerce, Georgia. Touchdown is his third book with Sleeping Bear Press.

K Is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet
K Is for Kick
A Soccer Alphabet
Paperback      ISBN: 1585363391

Illustrated by Melanie Rose

Author Brad Herzog brings his well-received prose and soccer knowledge together with Melanie Rose's charming and realistic illustrations to detail every facet of the game. Each letter has a simple rhyme for young readers:

""J is for the Jerseys that soccer players wear.
But often in the World Cup, opponents tend to share.
In a gesture of respect after a game ends,
They simply swap their jerseys as if they are old friends.""

For older readers the expository text gives specific details about goaltending, referees, the World Cup, and many other aspects. "K is for Kick" follows the wildly popular "Z is for Zamboni."