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Game Day: Meet the People Who Make It Happen

Kevin Sylvester

Not everyone can be an athlete, but that doesn’t stop thousands of others from participating in world-class sporting events. Author Kevin Sylvester tells the stories of 20 talented and dedicated behind-the-scenes stars of the sports world.

In Game Day, the glamour of the frontline athletes takes a backseat to the hard-working people whose jobs are critical to the success of their sport but often go unacknowledged. Readers will discover some very special people who have devoted their lives to supporting the sports they love, including the eagle-eyed baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, the members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the doctor who treats injured players on the Canadian Olympic soccer team.

With its real-life stories and lively photographs, Game Day will delight any young sports fan or wannabe athlete.

 

Baseballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew

Kevin Sylvester

The most unusual baseball facts you’ll ever find! Behind the game lies a wealth of science, folklore, mathematics, psychology—and a very colorful past. Whether they are die-hard fans or casual spectators, readers will be captivated by this collection of fascinating, little-known facts.

With lots of humorous, colorful illustrations, charts, and graphs, Baseballogy explores such diverse topics as the materials used to make the balls (including fish eyes, once used for the core!), freak injuries (one player was stabbed by a bat!), and the chances of making it to “the show” (1 in about 14,000 baseball playing kids will get to the big leagues).

Entertaining, informative, and highly visual, Baseballogy is the perfect sports book for all kids—especially reluctant boy readers.

 

Faster Higher Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports

Simon Shapiro

It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts! And whether innovators are aware of it or not, it takes an understanding of physics, mechanics, and aerodynamics to come up with better techniques and equipment.

From swimming, soccer, and basketball to skateboarding and wheelchair sports, Faster Higher Smarter looks at the hard science behind many inventions and improvements in sports.

Readers will find out how the introduction of the aluminum bat changed baseball; how a slapshot works, and what’s involved in bending a ball like Beckham. It also covers the history of such milestones as the introduction of diversity, disabled athletes, and women in sport.

Entertaining, informative, and highly visual, this book is the perfect way to introduce scientific concepts to kids who love sports.

 

Crazy About Soccer

Written by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen

This new collection of poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Rhythmic, funny verses reflect the game’s energy while offering sound suggestions for proper play. Crazy About Soccer!, a collection full of twists, turns, and surprises, is sure to appeal to any reader who has ever played soccer, whether in cleats and a team shirt or in bare feet and—as in Shakespeare’s day—with a pig’s bladder for a ball! Wonderfully ridiculous and genuinely funny artwork complements the bouncy poems. 

 

Crazy About Basketball

Written by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen

This new collection of more than 30 poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Crazy About Basketball! is full of energy and humour, and is sure to appeal to anyone who has ever played the sport. Wonderfully ridiculous artwork and catchy, rhythmic poems highlight both the silly and serious side of the sport, with emphasis on training, tactics, and teamwork, but most of all, on having fun

 

Crazy About Hockey

Written by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen

In more than 40 bouncy poems, Lesynski’s signature humour and style shine through as she captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in North America. Lesysnki and Rasmussen combine wonderfully ridiculous artwork and catchy, rhythmic poems to highlight both the silly and serious side of the sport, with emphasis on training, tactics, and teamwork, but most of all, on having fun. Crazy About Hockey! is sure to appeal to enthusiastic players—and fans—of the sport everywhere. What’s more, a new generation of hockey lovers will come to enjoy poetry.