Children’s Basketball Books To Read for March Madness

Posted March 25, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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Children’s Basketball Books To Read for March MadnessBasketball Town by Scott Rothman
Illustrator: Darnell Johnson
Published by Candlewick Press on September 12, 2023
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Bedtime & Dreams, Juvenile Fiction / Sports & Recreation / Basketball, Juvenile Fiction / Sports & Recreation / General
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Source: Candlewick Press
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In an unabashed wish-fulfillment tale for the ultimate basketball fan, a kid wakes up in a fantasy town where everyone plays basketball all day long.

Maxwell loves basketball so much, he dreams about it every night--crashing the boards, splashing treys, and taking it to the rack. Then one day he wakes up . . . in Basketball Town! Everywhere he looks, everyone is hooping, and Maxwell can play anytime he wants. To get him ready for the Championship, the Mayor sends Maxwell to Skillsville, where he aces Alley-Oop Academy and the College of the Crossover, earning his dunking diploma from Phi Slamma Jamma. At the Championship, he's thrilled to discover that his team from home is there, up against the greatest team ever assembled! With Maxwell's team down by twenty and only five minutes to go, can Maxwell and his team work together to give themselves a chance to win? Anyone scouting for basketball- or sports-themed books for the younger set will want to grab this gem by Scott Rothman, with energetic illustrations by Darnell Johnson--a story full of fun lingo and crackling with action.

Are you and your kids watching March Madness right now? Check out these two books for kids interested in basketball!

🏀 Basketball Town by Scott Rothman and illustrated by Darnell Johnson 

This book is about a young boy named Maxwell who loves basketball and even dreams of playing the game in his sleep. One night, his dreams take him to a place called Basketball Town where he gets to work on his skills to be a better player. My eight year old thought this was a great book. “It helped him have dreams to encourage him about basketball.”

There is a ton of basketball lingo throughout the story. But if you aren’t familiar, there is a glossary in the back of the book. It might also be a fun experience for your child to explain the lingo to you if they are familiar. I didn’t know any of it. So my son and my husband were explaining it to me as we read, turning it to an engaging family read aloud.

This can also be a fun book for kids new to joining a basketball team. Coaches pay attention, because this could be also be a team read aloud! Millennial parents should also prepare themselves for a Space Jam flashback! Overall, this was a fun and engaging book that encourages kids to practice at what is important to them so they can get better. 

🏀 🇸🇳 Tacko Fall: To New Heights by Tacko Fall, Justin Haynes and illustrated by Reggie Brown

This autobiographical book tells the story of one of the tallest people in the world, Tacko Fall, and his journey to the NBA. Born in Senegal, Tacko grew up playing soccer in the sand. He often got bullied because of his extreme height. One day, his grandmother turned on a basketball game on TV and he became hooked on the sport. When he was discovered, he was very happy, but sad to leave his family behind when he received the opportunity to move to the United States.

This is a great story to encourage children to dream about their goals and reach for them. It is also encouraging for kids who might be facing bullying. The illustrations are awesome too! A great post-read activity will be to look up where Tacko is now. 

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