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Magic Johnson: Basketball Legend, Entrepreneur, and HIV/AIDS Activist

Diane Dakers (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427181022

Throughout his life, basketball superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson has met both challenges and opportunities with perseverance and leadership. Dubbed "Magic," Johnson blazed a spectacular career in basketball. His play with the Los Angeles Lakers as point guard alongside center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as his epic rivalry with the Boston Celtics’ forward Larry Bird, marked a legendary era in the NBA. In 1991, Magic announced he had tested positive for HIV, a virus that can lead to the life-threatening disease AIDS, and was retiring from basketball. Little was known then about HIV/AIDS and its prevention. His declaration shocked the public but succeeded in putting a familiar and much-admired face on a disease that was shrouded in fear and prejudice. Magic Johnson's legacy includes his inspirational work as an advocate for the prevention of HIV and the still-incurable disease AIDS through his own foundation, which provides programs for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, including testing and safe sex practices.

Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Sports

Sarah Levete (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119094

This exciting title inspires readers to get active, use their creativity, and collaborate to explore new ideas in the world of sports. Engaging activities, inspiring biographies, and clear photographs help readers create new and entertaining sports games and activities. A focus on accessibility and safety makes this title a strong addition to any makerspace.

Waiting for Pumpsie

Barry Wittenstein (author) London Ladd (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580895453

In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah “Pumpsie” Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie’s first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America. This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today.

Do Robots Get Space Sick?

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425045

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. Can they compete against a robot though?

Gas Giant Jump

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425021

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. Who will prevail in the next out-of-this-world event?

Moon of Deception

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425038

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. When Team Earth must compete against the biggest cheaters in the galaxy, will they be able to play fair?

Space Face Off

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425014

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. Team Earth faces a hockey team that seems determined to play dirty because they are angry at Earthlings. But why are they so mad?

Saving Face

Linden McNeilly (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425205

A look at the engineering processes that go into designing helmets for sports and work.

Monster Trucks

Thomas K. Adamson (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036212

Did you know that a monster truck weighs as much as an elephant? These powerful trucks wow with mind-boggling jumps and stunts. Fans of these awesome vehicles will love digging into their history, parts, and competitions. This title will keep reluctant readers on the edge of their seats!

Motocross Cycles

Lindsay Shaffer (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036229

In competitions filled with flipping freestylers or speedy racers, motocross cycles put on a thrilling show. Readers will get an insider’s look at the history, parts, and competitions of motocross cycles in this fun book aimed at striving readers.

Stock Cars

Thomas K. Adamson (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036236

Stock cars race around tracks at 200 miles per hour. This book examines what makes top speeds possible, how the drivers stay safe inside the cars, and the history of these racing vehicles. Buckle up for an exciting ride with this title for struggling readers!

ATVs

Lindsay Shaffer (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036175

Ready for an off-road adventure? Whether in the desert or the woods, ATVs take their riders over rough trails. Readers will learn about the uses and parts of ATVs, and even about some competitions. Head off the beaten track and check out these popular vehicles in this low-level title!

Lowriders

Thomas K. Adamson (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036205

Have you ever seen a car dance? Lowrider cars can bounce and shimmy thanks to special hydraulic suspensions and tires. Owners may even enter their cars in competitions! This low-level title introduces readers to these unique competitions, as well as other fascinating aspects of lowriders and the culture that surrounds them.

Dirt Bikes

Lindsay Shaffer (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036182

Jumps and rough tracks are no match for dirt bikes! This title takes a look at how these vehicles tackle all types of terrain thanks to special gear like knobby tires and top-notch suspension. Striving readers will love learning about these tough bikes in this exciting title.

The Final Four

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036045

The Tarheels are down by two against the Bulldogs with minutes left to go. After a series of strategic moves and a slam dunk, North Carolina becomes the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion for the sixth time! It’s games like these that make the NCAA tournament and the Final Four round unforgettable. In this action-packed title, striving readers will learn about the rules and history of the tournament while taking in exciting facts and records.

The NBA Finals

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036052

Bright lights shine on the court of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals as LeBron James leads the Cavaliers against the Warriors. The game is neck-in-neck until, out of nowhere, James flies through the air to block a shot! The Cavaliers take home their first NBA Championship! In this book, readers will learn about the road to the finals and the championship’s beginnings amidst action-packed photos.

The Super Bowl

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036076

The first Super Bowl kicked off on January 15, 1967. The National Football League’s Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs 35–10. Today, 32 teams battle through regular season in hopes of a chance at the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This title will take reluctant readers down the road to the championship and through the history of the league.

The World Cup

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036083

Every four years, the World Cup brings nations across the globe together in a competition to determine the world’s best in soccer! Cheering fans, bright colors, and the famous FIFA trophy help to make the World Cup one of the most popular sporting events in the world. Experience the makings of the World Cup, how teams reach the final championship, and fun facts about the event in this low-level title.

The World Series

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036090

The World Series has decided the champion of Major League Baseball since 1903! 30 teams swing it out each year for a chance to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy and become the champion of America’s favorite pastime. Students will read about big hits, repeat champions, and much more in this exciting title.

The Stanley Cup Finals

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681036069

The Stanley Cup is a traveling trophy! It moves between the players of the winning team. The Cup has been on boats and planes, and has even been overseas to support the U.S. troops! The rules and history of the action-packed Stanley Cup Finals are explained in this engaging title.

In the Paint

Jeff Rud (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437989

For as long as he can remember, Matt has wanted to play basketball. Now, as he tries out for the team at his new middle school, he realizes that the easy days of elementary ball are over and that this is a much more serious game. Dealing with a hard-driving coach, competitive teammates and his own insecurities in a new school, Matt needs to call on all his skills, both on and off the court, to make the team and keep his head above water. When he is involved, albeit unwittingly, in tagging a store with racist graffiti, Matt finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for. And when he fights back against an aggressive teammate and is threatened with suspension from the team, he learns that it is not only game-time decisions that count, but also the choices made after the crowd has gone home and the gym is silent.

Los Vaqueros del Rodeo (Rodeo Steer Wrestlers)

Lynn M. Stone (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9780982382431

Explains the history of rodeo steer wrestling. Equipment and techniques, famous riders, animals, records, venues, and championships are highlighted.

Three on Three

Eric Walters (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551434339

Nick and Kia get excited when their school gym teacher announces a "three-on-three" basketball tournament. The two most dedicated players in grade three, they know they'll be tough to beat. But when Nick finds out they'll be up against teams in grade four and five, he is ready to throw in the towel before they start. How can shrimps like them ever hope to beat the older kids? Kia, however, is undaunted. They need a third player for their team anyway, she reasons, so why not go after the best player in the school? Marcus is bigger, tougher and in grade five. But it's not as easy as Kia thinks to convince Marcus to join their team. And there's no guarantee the older boy won't change his mind before the tournament begins. Marcus is often uneasy around them, but worse, Kia and Nick find themselves making enemies of some of the kids in the upper grade. Nick realizes it's going to take more than skill at basketball to win this tournament and make friends with Marcus without becoming targets for the older kids off the court. Book 1 in the series.

Karate in Action

Bobbie Kalman, Kelley MacAulay (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427166845

Karate is an action-packed martial art that is thrilling to watch! Kids will love learning how to safely perform the fast-paced karate moves highlighted in Karate in Action. Bold images and clear text will teach kids everything they need to know about the history, techniques, and competitions of the worlds most popular martial art. Other topics include katas and sparring, showing respect to the sensei and to others, and the history and use of weapons in karate.

Camping Guide

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609746

A brief exploration of what camping guides do on the job, including the equipment they use and the training they need, plus real-life instances of camping guides working in America’s state and national parks.