On August 5th the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s the first time the Olympics have been held in South America. More than ten thousands athletes representing over 200 countries and territories are expected to participate. And just like those athletes, everyone can dream big! The characters in the following books each must overcome big obstacles to achieve their dreams.
Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger
Max and Marla are best friends. And aspiring Olympians! With their eyes on the prize, they know exactly what it’ll take to reach sledding success: preparation, practice and perseverance. So when rusty blades, strong winds and difficult slopes get in their way, Max and Marla realize true joy lies not in winning but in friendship. Obstacles turn into victories!
Olympig by Victoria Jamieson
Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing, and the frustration begins to get to him. But even after coming in last in every sport, there’s no getting this Olympig down. It’s just great practice for the Winter Games!
Cristina Keeps a Promise by Virginia L. Kroll
Cristina can’t believe that her favorite author will be in town for a book signing! She plans to go. But when it conflicts with the Special Olympics event that she promised her brother she would attend, she has an important decision to make.
The Girl Games by Joan Holub
Athena, Medusa, Artemis, and Persephone are sick and tired of being left out of the annual boys-only Olympic Games. Their solution? The Girl Games! But as the Goddess Girls work to make their dream into a reality, they come up against plenty of chaos and competition. Told in alternating points of view, this super special is packed with Olympic spirit!
The Griefer’s Revenge by Winter Morgan
Noah and Violet’s village is hosting the Olympics for Minecrafters. The events are disrupted when a TNT attack destroys the Olympic stadium. Noah and Violet are forced to gather the townspeople to wage a battle against Daniel and his powerful griefers. They all must stop the griefers before they destroy the games entirely.
The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy
It was 1904 and St. Louis was proud to host the World’s Fair and America’s First Olympics. Hundreds of thousands of people came by car, by train, by boat. Part of the Olympics was a wild, wacky marathon. Forty-two racers registered, thirty-two showed up, and of the three racers vying for the finish line: on drove part way, one was helped by his trainers over the line, and one was a postman who traveled from Cuba and ran in street clothes that he cut off to look like shorts. How they ran and who won is a story of twists and turns that only wouldn’t be believed if it weren’t true! And it is! Find out who won in this wacky and well-researched picture book all about the historic Olympic Marathon of 1904.
What are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman
Describes the history of the summer Olympics, from the ancient Greek competition to the modern worldwide games, and includes historical facts, trivia, and notable Olympic athletes.