For us in South Carolina, the Winter Olympics has collided with a massive snowstorm. So, we aren’t just celebrating the Olympics by watching the events on television but also by getting out, playing in the snow, and then snuggling up with a good book afterwards indoors. So, I think that it’s only appropriate to celebrate the Olympics here with a book list from Scholastic and a fun giveaway of a bundle package of 3 Olympic themed books hand-picked by me!
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NEW YORK, NY – February 4, 2014 – In celebration of the upcoming Winter Games, Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, created the “Gold Medal Book List,” a special winter sports-themed list of books curated by Scholastic Reading Club. This Winter Games reading guide aims to help kids, parents and teachers discover new books and genres, such as sports fiction and nonfiction, and, ultimately, to encourage kids to spend more time reading as they learn about the Winter Games games and favorite athletes.
“Major events such as the Winter Games are great opportunities to engage kids in timely and high-interest books,” said David Allender, Editorial Director for Scholastic Reading Club. “Reading books about new sports or an athlete’s determination can truly ignite a child’s imagination and encourage him or her to read more.”
The Scholastic Gold Medal Book List
(list is not ranked in any order)
Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky): ages 4–6
Olympig!: The Triumphant Story of an Underdog by Victoria Jamieson (Dial): ages 5–8
*Polar Bears on Ice by Kate Flanagan (Scholastic): ages 6–8
G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog (Sleeping Bear Press): ages 6–9
*Isabelle the Ice Dance Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic): ages 7–10
Rainbow Magic: Olympia The Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic): ages 7–10
*Ready, Freddy! #16: Ready, Set, Snow! by Abby Klein (Scholastic): ages 7–10
*Jigsaw Jones #29: The Case of the Snowboarding Superstar by James Preller (Scholastic): ages 7–9
Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House): ages 7–10
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House): ages 7–10
*Geronimo Stilton #33: Geronimo and the Gold Medal Mystery by Geronimo Stilton (Scholastic): ages 8–10
Mystery at the Olympics: Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein (Random House): ages 10 and up
*Candy Apple #23: Ice Dreams (Special Edition) by Lisa Papdemetriou (Scholastic): ages 10–13
Gold Medal Winter by Donna Freitas (Scholastic): age 10–14
Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas (Scholastic): ages 10–14
*available as an eBook through Storia®.
All the books listed above are available through Scholastic Reading Club, Storia or bookstores nationwide. Purchases through Scholastic Reading Club support your child’s school and classroom.
After looking over this list of great books, I chose three books that I knew my kids would love. I’ve found that the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne are excellent as both a read-aloud book for younger kids and as a chapter book for elementary age readers. My 5-year-old son absolutely loves listening to any of the books from the series on audio book while he’s settling down at night for sleep.
I also chose G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet for its excellent illustrations and Olympic facts. While it’s easy to dismiss picture books as being “just for little kids”, I’ve found that excellent picture books are a great way to engage even older kids with interesting facts and stories.
Prize: One winner of three selected Scholastic Olympic Books:
- Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House): ages 7–10
- Magic Tree House Fact Tracker:Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House): ages 7–10
- G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog (Sleeping Bear Press): ages 6–9
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