Gabby Douglas amazed people at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as she helped Team USA win a gold medal before making history as the first African-American to win a gold medal in the individual all-around event. Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and engaging text draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of this historic Olympic champion! Readers will learn about Douglas's family background, her early interest in gymnastics, and her move to Iowa at age 14 to train with famed coach Liang Chow, leading up to her gold-medal performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Background on the Olympic Games is also included. Features include a table of contents, a map, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index.
American gymnast Simone Biles wowed the world at the 2016 Rio Olympics by winning four gold medals. The first female gymnast to earn three consecutive all-around titles, Biles has been listed on TIME magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People, authored a book on her life, and won an ESPY award for best female athlete in 2017. Her determination carried her through an unstable home life as a young child to become someone who wants to inspire others to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.
When doctors told her parents that she may never walk again, no one could have imagined that Wilma Rudolph would grow up to become the world’s fastest woman. This awe-inspiring book shows how, with grace, perseverance, and dedication, young Wilma used her inner strength to overcome physical disabilities caused by polio to win three gold medals for the USA in track and field at the 1960 Olympics. A sports superstar and an icon worldwide, her legacy continues to inspire youth and African-American communities today.
A competitive swimmer in Syria, Yusra Mardini never let go of her Olympic dream, even when civil war made it too difficult to train in her country. In 2016, she was allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics as part of a special team for refugees. This was only months after making a daring crossing of the Mediterranean Sea in a sinking boat that she helped tow to shore. Dozens of lives were saved on the voyage. Still training, Mardini also acts as a spokesperson and educator for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
Readers will love this exciting biography about the famous cowgirl, Annie Oakley! Through colorful images, helpful text, glossary, index, and timeline of Annie's life, readers will discover the amazing things that Annie could do with a gun, how she earned the nickname "Little Sure Shot", and how she became one of the stars of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show!
Roberto Clemente is remembered as a one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived, but more than that, he was also a man who believed in equality for all. Readers will learn about his incredible life in this inspiring nonfiction biographical title. Children will enthusiastically want to learn all they can about Roberto's amazing life as the first Puerto Rican in major league baseball through vibrant images, intriguing facts, a helpful timeline, and a glossary that will assist in vocabulary improvement.
This biography introduces readers to Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Featuring lively images and inspirational text in conjunction with a helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Robinson's life, readers will be engaged as they read about Jackie's life as a college athlete, his start in the Negro League, his stand against segregation, and his being the first person to ever get named Rookie of the Year.