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June 2009

SLAM DUNK - BOOKS ABOUT BASKETBALL

PICTURE BOOKS AND BEGINNING READERS

ALLIE’S BASKETBALL DREAM by Barbara E. Barber
Determined in her effort to play basketball, a young Afro-American girl gives it one more shot with the support of a special friend.

ARTHUR AND THE PEN PAL PLAYOFF by Stephen Krensky
After bragging to his pen pal about his basketball skills Arthur realizes that he has to make good on his boasts when his pen pal comes to visit.

BASKETBALL BUDDIES by Jean Marzollo
Paul, whose tallness makes him awkward and clumsy on the basketball court, receives help and support from his teammates and finds his game improving.

CINDERFELLA AND THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST by Elizabeth Burton
With the help of his fairy godfather Michael Jordan, Cinderfella regrets his mistreatment of his stepbrothers and gets to attend and win the big Slam Dunk Contest.

GUS AND GRANDPA AT BASKETBALL by Claudia Mills
Gus enjoys basketball practice, but the noise and pace of real games bother him, until his grandpa gives him some good advice.

THE GYM DAY WINNER by Grace Maccarone
During gym at school, Sam always comes in last, but a great basketball shot turns him into the hero of the day.

LOOSE TOOTH by Anastasia Suen
Peter is trying to keep his loose tooth intact so that he won’t have a hole in his smile for the school photo, but he loses his tooth in a game of basketball against the tough kids.

MOUNT OLYMPUS BASKETBALL by Kevin O'Malley
Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and the rest of the Gods' squad have all the powers of the universe at their disposal--which makes for a deadly defense and an unstoppable offense. Those "pesky Mortals" are always causing trouble, they manage to stay alive until halftime. Complete with toga-clad announcers and a halftime report on the wonders of ancient Greece, this book makes learning about ancient Greek myths more exciting than March Madness!

MY BASKETBALL TOUCH AND FEEL A board book with textured elements, produced in close association with the National Basketball Association, encourages children to explore their world while introducing them to the exciting game of professional basketball.

THE PRINCESSES HAVE A BALL by Teresa Bateman
Twelve tall princesses wear out their shoes every night from playing their favorite sport of basketball. The king does not know what they are doing at night. The princesses’ dreams come true with the help of a clever cobbler.

SLAM DUNK: 10 WORDS by Bob Reese
Uses different combinations of ten specific words to tell the story of a young boy who dreams of playing in a basketball game. For the most beginning reader.

SWISH! by Bill Martin
Two girls' teams, the Cardinals and the Blue Jays, play a close and intense game of basketball.

THINK BIG by Nancy Carlson
Vinney is frustrated about being one of the smallest children at school, but when he takes his mother’s advice and thinks big for a day, he discovers that there are advantages to being small.

FICTION

ANNA AND NATALIE by Barbara Cole
Anna and her Seeing Eye dog Natalie are chosen by Anna’s teacher to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

BASKETBALL (OR SOMETHING LIKE IT) by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel deal with the realities of middle school basketball, including family pressure, a series of coaches with very different personalities and agendas, and what it means to be a team--and a friend.

CENTER COURT STING by Matt Christopher
Daren's tendency to blame everyone but himself when anything goes wrong causes problems with his best friend, with a young neighbor who idolizes him, and with one of his basketball teammates.

DANGER ZONE by David Klass
When he joins a predominantly African American "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics.

DONAVEN’S DOUBLE TROUBLE by Monalisa DeGross
Fourth grader Donovan is sensitive about the problem he has understanding math and then when his favorite uncle, a former high school basketball star, returns from National Guard duty an amputee, Donovan’s problems get even bigger as he struggles to accept his “new” Uncle Vic.

FULL COURT DREAMS by Jake Maddox
After being cut from the basketball team the year before Anne and her best friends, Megan and Emma are determined to make the team this year.

I SMELL LIKE HAM by Betty Hicks
Nick tries to maintain his sense of integrity as he works to succeed on the school basketball team, adjust to his new stepmother and little "dorky" stepbrother, and deal with peer pressure from his friends.

JACKSON JONES AND THE PUDDLE OF THORNS by Mary Quattlebaum
When his mother gives him a garden plot for his tenth birthday, Jackson Jones hopes to earn enough money to buy a basketball but all he seems to get is trouble.

THE LAST SHOT: A FINAL FOUR MYSTERY by John Feinstein
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

THE MILLION DOLLAR SHOT by Dan Gutman
Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.

MOVES MAKE THE MAN by Bruce Brooks
An African American boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North Carolina form a precarious friendship.

PLAYERS by Joyce Sweeney
Eighteen-year-old Corey sees a threat to his dream of winning the basketball championship when he discovers that the new player on his team is a girl- stealing, friend-framing, team-destroying force of evil.

THE REAL SLAM DUNK by Charisse K. Richardson
Ten-year-old Marcus plans to become a professional basketball player, but when he, his twin sister, and their classmates meet a real star on a school field trip, they learn the importance of dreaming more than one career dream.

SALT IN HIS SHOES: MICHAEL JORDAN IN THE PURSUIT OF A DREAM by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.

SARA KATE, SUPERKID by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Sara Kate is a normal eight-year-old until one day she discovers she has superpowers and can throw a basketball farther than anyone on earth.

SLAM! by Walter Dean Myers
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

SQUARED CIRCLE by James Bennett
Sonny, a university freshman and star basketball player, finds that the pressures of college life, NCAA competition, and an unsettling relationship with his feminist cousin bring up painful memories that he must face before he can decide what is important in his life.

STRONG TO THE HOOP by John Coy
Ten-year-old James tries to hold his own and prove himself on the basketball court when the older boys finally ask him to join them in a game.

TAKING SIDES by Gary Soto
Fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, must come to terms with his divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.

TRAVEL TEAM by Mike Lupica
After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

POETRY

HOOP KINGS by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
A collection of twelve poems that celebrate contemporary basketball stars, including Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson.

HOOP QUEENS by Charles R. Smith, Jr
A remarkable and unique collection of poems, profiling twelve women who are among the best female players in professional basketball.

HOOPS by Robert Burleigh
Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of the game of basketball.

JUMP BALL: A BASKETBALL SEASON IN POEMS by Mel Glenn
Tells the story of a high school basketball team's season through a series of poems reflecting the feelings of students, their families, teachers, and coaches.

RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALLS PIX, ROLLS AND RHYTHMS by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Readers sweep into the excitement of a basketball game but the text isn't a story in poetry but a collection comprising rhythmical prose that has the flavor of rap, inspirational musings, and concrete poetry.

SHORT TAKES: FAST-BREAK BASKETBALL POETRY by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
A poetry book for basketball lovers. A collection of poems inspired by jazz, hip-hop, music, videos, and movies.

SLAM DUNK: BASKETBALL POEMS complied by Lillian Morrison
An anthology of poems about basketball in which a variety of authors, including Richard Peck, Jack Prelutsky, and Jerry Spinelli, express their love of the game, their admiration for the players, and their awe over the expert moves and shots that take place on the court.

TAKE IT TO THE HOOP, MAGIC JOHNSON by Quincy Troupe
. A poetic celebration of Magic Johnson and his quicksilver moments of triumph on the basketball court.

NON-FICTION

AT THE BUZZER! THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN NBA HISTORY by Bryan Burwell.
Narration by Bill Walton ; Foreword by Kevin Garnett ; Afterword by Karl Malone. Comes with two computer CD-ROMs to put you right in the “moment.”

BASKETBALL by John Hareas
Text and detailed photographs present the history, techniques, and interesting facts of basketball.

BASKETBALL: LEARN HOW TO PUT SPEED IN YOUR STEP, DO THE DRILLS, AND MASTER ALL THE MOVES by Mark Dunning
Step by step, photo by photo, put some fire in your basketball game. Even the fastest moves are slowed down to frame-by-frame detail, thanks to Flowmotion" photography. Here is everything you need to know to become a first-class player

BLACK HOOPS: THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN BASKETBALL by Fredrick McKissack
Discusses the history of basketball, focusing on the most exciting players, coaches and teams in history. This is a thoroughly researched history of African Americans in basketball.

HOW BASKETBALL WORKS by Keltie Thomas
This guide to basketball offers information in a razzle-dazzle style about the game's origins, history, and equipment as well as positions, training, skills, and stats, even the players' shoes; this offers tips, fascinating factoids, and need-to know anecdotes.

HOW TO IMPROVE AT BASKETBALL by Jim Drewett
Photographs take readers through step by step drills on dribbling, passing, shooting, blocking, slam dunks and more. The text outlines the rules and positions of the game and discusses staying fit. Young athletes will be inspired by fact boxes about current basketball stars and the secrets to their success.

JUMP BALL by Nick Fauchald
This book gives the rules of the game of basketball. It also defines key terms that have to do with this sport.

KIDS BOOK OF BASKETBALL; SKILLS, STRATEGIES, EQUIPMENT AND RULES OF THE GAME by Skip Berry
This book gives a brief history of basketball, as well as rules, fundamentals of the game and tips for playing your best.

MY BASKETBALL BOOK by Gail Gibbons
The author presents the game of basketball as a fun sport. The book outlines all of the necessary equipment and rules for basketball. It also describes a factitious game to demonstrate the facts of this sport. A great book for young children with true information.

SUPERGUIDES: BASKETBALL by Chris Mullin
Young players will refer to this instructive "how-to" guide again and again. Valuable advice on everything from suitable clothing to strategy development, rules, objectives, scoring, and much more!

TAKE IT TO THE HOOP: 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL by Sandra Steen
Traces the development of women's basketball, from its beginning in the 1890s through the formation of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997.

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