When it comes to books about the Olympics, I’m your girl! The Olympics are a HUGE deal in my house with my entire family.
I grew up loving the games, and I’ve passed my love of the Olympics to my own children. When the Winter or Summer Olympics are on we watch recaps nightly and even track the medal totals on paper sheets hung up in our family room.
It’s SERIOUS business, which is why I adored putting this list of my favorite kids books about the Olympics together for you. If you are getting your child ready for the Winter 2022 Beijing Olympics, you will want to scoop some of these book for your home library shelves!
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Books about the Olympics for Toddlers
A picture book that tells the story of famed athlete Jesse Owens and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
It tells his story starting in his childhood and also addresses the hardships and racism he encountered in a way children can understand.
Olympig is the cutest story about a pig named Boomer who wants to compete against the other animals in the Animal Olympics.
Except he isn’t able to win any sports! Instead of getting upset, his mindset is that it was great practice for the Winter games!
Does your toddler want to get in on the olympic spirit? Then consider this cute story about Curious George.
In this tale, George participated in the town’s summer games while getting into his usual antics.
Figure skating superstar, Kristy Yamaguchi, is now a children’s author with multiple ice skating picture books under her belt.
This particular story is about Poppy who has big dreams of being an ice-skating super star!
Books about the Olympics for Kids
This book tells the story of over a dozen American female olympic athletes like Mia Hamm, the Venus sisters, Jean Driscoll, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and more.
If you are looking for a comprehensive list of some of the biggest names in Olympic history, check out this one!
The illustrations of this story keep it at the top of our list for books about the Olympics for kids, because they suck you right into the pages.
The story itself is based on the true story of a swim club in Hawaii whose little program for kids leads to an Olympic gold!
For 9 more books about swimming, check out this post.
Michael Phelps talks about his training routine in this funny little picture book! He explains about how he napped, how much he swam, and how many calories he consumed all with infographics that are riveting and silly.
This charming picture book biography about Michael Jordan was written by his own Mother!!!
It talks about Michael’s life as a child, and how the values he was taught helped him become the superstar athlete known the world over.
Chapter Books for Kids About the Olympics
Jack and Annie are once again sent on an adventure to the past! This time, their destination is Ancient Greece where they get to see the Olympic Games played.
Magic Treehouse books are geared towards early readers. For more books for early readers, check out this post!
This non-fiction book in the what are series explains all about the Paralympic Games and the incredible athletes that participate.
The next book in this series focuses on just how horrible it was to be an athlete in Ancient Greece! This entire series is really funny, even the most reluctant readers enjoy it.
Just know it focuses on the grosser side of being an Olympian… prepare for many yucky facts to be discussed at the dinner table.
Like the adult version, this edited down book tells the true tale of the 1936 USA men’s rowing team and their unlikely run for the gold medal.
It’s a non-fiction story that reads like fiction, and sports nut will love this story!
Gymnastics Books for Kids
This picture book biography tells the story of Simone Biles from her life as a young child to her eventual trips to the Olympics.
This gymnastics book is perfect for kids who love the sport and were inspired by Simone’s many medal wins!
Gold-medalist Laurie Hernandez wrote this adorable story about a little girl named Zoe who follows her dreams to become a gymnast.
The cheerful pictures and wonderful message make this a must-read for any one looking for gymnastics books for kids.
Nadia Comaneci competed as a gymnast in the 1976 Olympics. This story tells about her journey from a small town in Romania to the winners podium, when she collected her gold-medal.