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On Your Marks... Reads Worth Running For!

Top tips for sporty stories
Are you Crazy about Cycling? Batty about Badminton? Loopy about Leaping? Join in the fun with our books full of sporty stories and statistics.

You can find all the books in Birmingham Libraries and reserve them through the online catalogue.

Picture Books

Butterworth, Nick Sports Day
Share all the fun of a typical infant sports day, brought to life with witty illustrations.

Dakin, Glenn Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire
Reindeer Bobbie and Blitzen compete in races to see who will get onto santa's sleigh team.

Repchuk, Caroline The Race
A re-telling of Aesops fable about the slow tortoise who outwits the speedy boastful hare.

Tuxworth, Nicola Hop, Skip and Jump
A picture book showing young children doing various play activities such as running, jumping and throwing.


Elephants Can't Jump by Brian Moses
from "Elephants Can't Jump" by Brian Moses.

Race You by John Foster
from "Four O'Clock Friday" by John Foster.

In For the High Jump by Peter Dixon
from "Don't get your knickers in a twist" (Poems chosen by Paul Cookson).

The Total Flop by Brian Moses
from "The Cowpat-Throwing Contest" (Collected by Nick Toczek).

Silly Races by Carol Stevenson
from "Loopy Limericks" (picked by John Foster).

Gerald Did a High Jump... by Max Fatchen
from "Peculiar Rhymes and Lunatic Lines" by Max Fatchen.

Story Books

Blackford, Andy Little Joes Big Race
Little Joe doesnt like sports day. Hes so little that even a tortoise can run faster! But, this year, things might be different.

Childs, Rob Wicked Day!
Children employ various antics and intrigues to ensure School Sports Day goes their way.

Pym, Tasha Harry Fly
Harry Fly is going to be an Olympic high jump champion, but that must be easy for a lad whose family is bulging with champions.

Short Stories

Bradman, Tony (compiler) Good Sports!
Ten top tales about lots of different sports, all from a team of top children's authors.

Durant, Alan (compiler) Sports Stories
A selection of more than twenty stories and extracts about the fast moving world of sport.

Riordan, James (compiler) The Young Oxford Book of Sports Stories
A collection of short stories, extracts and poems on the theme of sport. Suitable for teenagers.

Non Fiction


Blackall, Bernie Athletics
Includes the rules and skills athletes require. Plus details of some useful warm-up exercises.

Gifford, Clive - Athletics
A motivating guide for anyone who would like to become an athlete.


Blackall, Bernie Badminton
Includes step-by-step pictures as well as the rules and skills required.

Davis, Pat Badminton
The history and development of badminton plus advice on choosing equipment and help with understanding the rules and techniques.

Golds, Mark Badminton
An overview of the game right through to advice on match play and fitness programmes.


Blackall, Bernie - Gymnastics
Introduction and step-by step guide into the world of gymnastics.


Fowke, Bob - The Olympics
Find out the whole story about the Olympics, past, present and future.

Oxlade, Chris Olympic Games
Stunning full-colour photographs of famous athletes.

Sporty Facts

Ash, Russell The Top 10 of Sport
Details, statistics and information on sports events and personalities, past and present.

Bizley, Kirk - Taking Part in Sport
Everything you need to know about getting involved in sport including facilities, sponsorship, health and diet.

What can I read next?
Libraries Catalogue