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Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating (She Made History) Cover Image
By Rose Viña, Claire Almon (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807534960
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - October 1st, 2019

In the 1930s, only white figure skaters were allowed in public ice rinks and to compete for gold medals, but Mabel Fairbanks wouldn’t let that stop her. With skates two sizes too big and a heart full of dreams, Mabel beat the odds and broke down color barriers through sheer determination and athletic skill. Mabel became the first African-American woman to be inducted into the U.S.


Teammates Cover Image
By Peter Golenbock, Paul Bacon (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152842864
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Published: Clarion Books - August 17th, 1992

This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. Illustrated with a blend of historic photographs and eloquent watercolors by Paul Bacon.


42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781536206326
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Published: Candlewick - March 12th, 2019

An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.


Ali: An American Champion Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481401425
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 18th, 2017

The impressive life story of Muhammad Ali is interwoven with vital moments in American history in this visually stunning, full-color middle grade biography.

The story of famed boxing champion Muhammad Ali is more appealing and accessible than ever before when told as though it’s happening in real time, through photographs and ephemera such as report cards and training regimens,


Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl Cover Image
By Megan Reid, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062851093
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

A spirited picture book biography about Althea Gibson, the first black Wimbledon, French, and U.S.


Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780374306120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 23rd, 2018

An ALA Notable Book of 2019
NYPL Best Book for Teens of 2018
A 2018 Booklist Youth Editors' Choice
A Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Book of 2018
A Kirkus Reviews Best YA Nonfiction Book of 2018
An ALSC Notable Children's Book of 2019
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Nominee


Epic Athletes: Serena Williams Cover Image
By Dan Wetzel, Sloane Leong (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250250728
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Published: Square Fish - August 4th, 2020

Epic Athletes: Serena Williams is an inspiring middle-grade biography of the most celebrated women's tennis player ever from acclaimed sports journalist Dan Wetzel!

Featuring comic-style illustrations by Sloane Leong!


Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles (Who Did It First?) Cover Image
By Michelle Meadows, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250205667
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 29th, 2020

A lyrical picture book biography of Simone Biles, gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar.

Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on the world stage, Simone Biles spent time in foster care as a young child. Nimble and boundlessly energetic, she cherished every playground and each new backyard.


The Greatest: Muhammad Ali (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338290141
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Published: Scholastic Paperback Nonfiction - October 9th, 2018

An inspiring biography of Muhammad Ali from the legendary Walter Dean Myers, reissued under Scholastic Focus for a new generation.

From his childhood in the segregated South to his final fight with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali never backed down. He was banned from boxing during his prime because he refused to fight in Vietnam.


Henry Aaron's Dream: Candlewick Biographies Cover Image
By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780763676544
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Published: Candlewick - February 10th, 2015

“This rousing tribute should resonate with a wide audience." School Library Journal (starred review)


Jackie Robinson: He Led the Way (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780448447216
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Published: Penguin Young Readers - December 27th, 2007

Jackie Robinson became the first black Major League baseball player of the modern era when he stepped onto the field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947. In simple, engaging language, this book follows Jackie from childhood through his career as an MVP, award winning baseball player and a hero of the civil rights movement. This book is perfect for Black History Month and the start of spring training!


Sterling Biographies(r) Jackie Robinson: Champion for Equality Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9781402763625
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Published: Sterling - April 6th, 2010

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and integrated Major League baseball--changing the game forever.


Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062430168
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 3rd, 2017

"A high-quality children’s biography that little readers are sure to enjoy. There are themes of hard work, determination, overcoming obstacles, boxing, sports, persistence, and confidence—something Muhammad Ali clearly had plenty of."*


Muhammad Ali: The People's Champion Cover Image
By Walter Dean Myers, Alix Delinois (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064437189
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Published: Amistad - January 26th, 2016

This acclaimed picture book biography is a perfect introduction to the great Muhammad Ali. Reviewers praised this book as "powerful," "action-filled," and "dramatic."


A Nation's Hope: the Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147510617
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Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2013

The magnificent, inspiring story of an
AMERICAN SPORTS HERO, by Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Pena.


Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) Cover Image
By James Sturm, Rich Tommaso (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368042895
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2019

Baseball Hall of Famer Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1906 - 1982) changed the face of the game in a career that spanned five decades. Much has been written about this larger-than-life pitcher, but when it comes to Paige, fact does not easily separate from fiction. He made a point of writing his own history . . . and then re-writing it.


Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524737276
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Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2017

The inspirational true story of the first African American to play college basketball in the deeply segregated Southeastern Conference--a powerful moment in Black history.


A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie
By Michelle Y. Green, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142400722
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Published: Puffin Books - March 8th, 2004

Motivated by her love for the game and inspired by the legendary Jackie Robinson, Mamie Johnson is determined to be a professional baseball pitcher.  But in a sport that's determined by white men, there is no place for a black woman.  Mamie doesn't give up-from the time she insists on trying out for the all-male, all-white Police Athletic League until she realizes her dream and becomes o


What Were the Negro Leagues? (What Was?) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524789985
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 24th, 2019

This baseball league that was made up of African American players and run by African American owners ushered in the biggest change in the history of baseball.


Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524737276
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Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2017

The inspirational true story of the first African American to play college basketball in the deeply segregated Southeastern Conference--a powerful moment in Black history.


A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie
By Michelle Y. Green, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142400722
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Published: Puffin Books - March 8th, 2004

Motivated by her love for the game and inspired by the legendary Jackie Robinson, Mamie Johnson is determined to be a professional baseball pitcher.  But in a sport that's determined by white men, there is no place for a black woman.  Mamie doesn't give up-from the time she insists on trying out for the all-male, all-white Police Athletic League until she realizes her dream and becomes o


What Were the Negro Leagues? (What Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781524789985
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 24th, 2019

This baseball league that was made up of African American players and run by African American owners ushered in the biggest change in the history of baseball.


Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (Who Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780515158038
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 8th, 2017

The dynamic story of the Williams sisters, both top-ranked professional tennis players.


Who Was Jackie Robinson? (Who Was?) Cover Image
By Gail Herman, Who HQ, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448455570
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 23rd, 2010

As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball.


Who Was Jesse Owens? (Who Was?) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448483078
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 11th, 2015

At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships.


Who Was Muhammad Ali? (Who Was?) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448479552
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 24th, 2014

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of 22, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He would go on to become the first and only three-time (in succession) World Heavyweight Champion.


Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS #27) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786037510
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - June 4th, 2019

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion.

Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again.


Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, David Diaz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152020989
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Published: Clarion Books - February 1st, 2000

This award-winning true story of Black Olympic runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals, is illustrated by Caldecott medal–winning artist David Diaz.

Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it.


You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Terry Widener (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781101934210
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Published: Dragonfly Books - March 8th, 2016

Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News's list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players."