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The Winter Olympics are a phenomenal opportunity to get your kids excited about reading. Even hesitant readers may be willing to pick up a book that explores one of their favorite winter sports. As you watch the games as a family, note your child’s interests. Then, look for books that match their interests – following their lead.
I’ve compiled a list of 25 great books for kids. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles. I also included several books pertaining to specific sports in the winter games. If your child becomes fascinated with skiing, you might want to check out Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. If your kiddo is suddenly trying to do triple toe loops in their socks on the kitchen floor, you may want to read Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi. From fact-filled books to adorable picture books, you and your child will have fun reading about the Winter Olympics. Happy watching and happy reading!
Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester
How to Train with a T-Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps (not Winter Olympics related, but I couldn’t help myself!)
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Treehouse #16) by Mary Pope Osborne (chapter book)
Dora and the Winter Games by Martha T. Ottersley
Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Squirrels on Skis by J Hamilton Ray
Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi (I LOVE this book!!)
G.G. Snowboards (The G.G. Series Book #1) by Marty Mokler Banks (chapter book)
Cross Country Cat by Mary Calhoun
Snowy Sports: Ready, Set, Play! by Per Henrik Gurth
G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog
Yes I Can!: The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team by Devon Harris
Biathlon, Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, and Nordic Combined (Winter Olympic Sports) by Kylie Burns
Snowboard (Winter Olympic Sports) by Joseph Gustaitis
Figure Skating (Winter Olympic Sports) by Joseph Gustaitis
The Winter Olympics For Children: The Amazing History, Sports, and Athletes of the Winter Olympics: Sports for Kids by Quincy Wright
The Winter Olympics by Nick Hunter
Shaun White (Amazing Athletes) by Matt Doedon
The Hockey Book for Girls by Stacy Wilson
Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun by Bode Miller
I found a few video games and movies that center around the Winter Olympics. My little man is very attached to his Wii right now, and I know he’d enjoy trying his hand at “snowboarding” alongside his buddy Mario. Enjoy!
Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games (DS)
Mario and Sonic Sochi 2014 (Wii)
Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge (Wii)
Winter Blast: Snow and Ice Games (Wii)
Winter Olympics Sports
I found myself wondering what sports and events were a part of the Winter Olympics. I wanted to include the list for your reference.
Thank you for this post. We are going to read as many as we can find.