21 Books to Get Students Excited About the Olympics


The Olympics are not only a showcase of physical excellence across various sports, but they also offer a remarkable opportunity for students to learn about different cultures, history, and perseverance. This article covers 21 books to stimulate student interest and excitement around the Olympics.

1. G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog

2. Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Ann Malaspina

3. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

4. Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray

5. The Boys in the Boat (Young Reader’s Edition) by Daniel James Brown

6. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas

7. Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson

8. Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House Series) by Mary Pope Osborne

9. The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher

10. Swim to Win: Train Like a Champion by Janet Evans

11. Michael Phelps (Amazing Athletes) by Jeff Savage

12. A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient & Early Modern Times by Benson Bobrick

13. Running With Joy: A Children’s Book About Sportsmanship and Friendship by Cassandra Myles

14. To the Moon!: The True Story of Three American Heroes Who Changed History with their Flight on Apollo 11 by Jeffrey Kluger and Ruby Shamir

15. Jesse Owens’ Remarkable Triumph: Breaking Barriers at the 1936 Nazi Olympics by James Buckley Jr.

16. The Four-Year Olympian: From First Stroke to Olympic Medallist by Jeremiah Brown

17. The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands by Louise Borden

18. Gymnastics Queen (Kylie Jean Series) by Marci Peschke

19. Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan, Kelly, and Jason

20. Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

21. Olympic Champions: The Biographies of 25 Olympians Who Changed the Sport Forever by Nic Bishop


These 21 books cover a diverse range of themes, including sportsmanship, teamwork, perseverance, and overcoming odds. Each book helps students learn more about the Olympics and instill a sense of enthusiasm and curiosity for this extraordinary event that brings the world together in unity.

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