By Makenna Pratt
When our beginning reader started requesting gymnastics books, I went on a hunt for books that would increase her confidence both in gymnastics and reading! Here’s what I found . . .
I suggest starting the newest of readers with I Will Try.
1. I WILL TRY
“This charming tale of perseverance will have any beginning reader proclaiming, ‘I did it.’” – Booklist
GRADE LEVEL: Preschool – 1st | 32 Pages
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GYMNASTICS BOOK: I WILL TRY is a confidence builder for new readers! It tells a sweet story of friendship and perseverance without demanding more than a sentence of reading on each page. Word choice and length are appropriate for even the earliest of readers.
“When Katie sees gymnasts on TV, she thinks the girls are so cool! So she jumps at the chance to take a gymnastics class. But it turns out that somersaults and cartwheels aren’t as easy as they look. Will Katie ever learn to land on her feet?”
GRADE LEVEL: 1st – 3rd | 24 Pages
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GYMNASTICS BOOK: Katie Woo: Cartwheel Katie, is a beginning “chapter book” for new readers. Each of the three chapters contain around 30 sentences with bright colored illustrations. This book is a fantastic read for a gymnastics team or children’s book club, with discussion questions, writing prompts, and craft projects provided at the end of the story.
“George, Allie, and Bill want to go to gymnastics every day—but they only have access to the gym once a week. Where will they find a gym they can use all the time? Why not in their own backyard?”
GRADE LEVEL: 1st-3rd | 24 Pages
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GYMNASTICS BOOK: Curious George: Gymnastics Fun is a no-brainer if your child already loves Curious George. The story-line speaks to children who can’t get enough gymnastics! The book also includes an Energy Ball recipe and Gym-tag-tics game.
“Lily practices gymnastics every day. She even has a new leotard. Now she needs to land the star jump on the balance beam. Hopefully Lily’s new leotard will bring her luck.”
GRADE LEVEL: Kinder-2nd | 26 Pages
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GYMNASTICS BOOK: Lily’s Lucky Leotard is a great choice for children who enjoy graphic-novel-type reading. This book is my least favorite of the five gymnastics books, but I included it as it is a book my daughter enjoys. The pros: the book includes discussion questions and writing prompts.
“From heights to handsprings, Maya is scared of everything. Find out how she becomes brave before the big meet, and learn fun facts about gymnastics, t00!”
GRADE LEVEL: 1st – 3rd | 32 Pages
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GYMNASTICS BOOK: Maya’s Story: Becoming Brave is a great “next-step” for beginning readers, with an age appropriate storyline.
“The Go! Go! Sports Girl books provide a departure from the diva storyline. . . . and show girls that it is necessary to work hard towards a goal, be it celebrating an athletic achievement, overcoming a personal fear, or seeing past a teammate’s weaknesses to help her find her strengths.” —Carrie Goldman, author, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear
“I love the message the Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls and books promote, and glad my active daughter has something like this to identify with and to inspire her.” —Dara Torres, 5-time Olympic swimmer
Bring this book to life with the Maya Gymnastics Doll and Book Combo.
IF YOUR CHILD IS READY FOR SOMETHING MORE CHALLENGING CHECK OUT THE PERFECT BALANCE GYMNASTICS SERIES
Originally posted on Gym Gab Blog.