Welcome to SPORTY GIRL BOOKS. At SPORTY GIRL, we want to give all girls the chance to love, watch, play, read, and write about any sport that interests them. We look forward to the day when the words, "You play like a girl," is the biggest compliment anyone can receive.

Books for Middle Grade

Fiction Books for Ages 7 - 12


Alpine, Rachele  You Throw Like a Girl
Bishop, Jenn  The Distance to Home
Butler, Dori Hillestad   Sliding Into Home
Clark, R. M. The Secret at Haney Field
Cristaidi, Kathryn  Baseball Ballerina and Baseball Ballerina Strikes Out
Day, Karen   No Cream Puffs
Gutierrez, Amy  Smary Marty Steps Up Her Game
Higgins, Carter  A Rambler Steals Home
Hopkinson, Deborah  Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
Johnson, Angela  Just Like Josh Gibson
Lord, Bette Bao   The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Mackall, Dandi Daley  A Girl Named Dan
Mozer, Stacy Barnett  The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds   The Girls Take Over (Boy/Girl Battle Series)
Park, Linda Sue  Keeping Score
Testa, Maria  Some Kind of Pride
Tripp, Valerie  Kit's Home Run (American Girls Short Stories)

Barber, Barbara E.  Allie's Basketball Dream
Friedman, Laurie and Jennifer Kalis Game Time, Mallory!
Maddox, Jake  Full Court, Drive To the Hoop, Hoop Doctorand Rebound Time
McDonald, Megan The Big Break, A Julie Classic
Meadows, Daisy  Brittany the Basketball Fairy
Peschke, Marci  Kyle Jean, Hoop Queen

Berk, Sheryl Dance Divas: Two to Tango
Grey, Libba  My Mama Had A Dancing Heart
Maddox, Jake  Dance Team Dilemma 

Heller, Alyson  Touchdown! (After-school Sports Club)
Peschke, M. and Tuesday Mourning  Football Queen (Kylie Jean Series)


Grey, Karlin  Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still
Maddox, Jake  Gymnastics Jitters

Fitzgerald, Dawn  Getting in the Game

Martial Arts

Van Vlett, Carmella   Eliza Bing is (NOT) a Big Fat Quitter

Freitas, Donna  Gold Medal Winter
Lazar, Tara Little Red Gliding Hood
Messner, Kate  Sugar and Ice
Nall, Gail Breaking the Ice

Barshaw, Ruth McNally  Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player
Christopher, Matt   Secret Weapon (Soccer Cats Series)
Maddix, Jake  Soccer Surprise
Meadows, Daisy  Stacey the Soccer Fairy (Rainbow Magic Series)
Morgan, Alex  The Kicks (Series)
Nitz, Kristen Wolden  Defending Irene

Maddix, Jake  Softball Surprise and Stolen Bases

Maddox, Jake  Pool Panic

Track and Field
Levine, Anna  Running on Eggs

Maddox, Jake  Volleyball Dreams 
Maddox, Jake  Volleyball Victory

Nonfiction for Ages 7 - 12

Adler, David  Mama Played Baseball
Berne, Emma Carlson  The Baseball Adventure of Jackie Mitchell
Burby, Liza N.  Women in Sports Series
Corey, Shana  Players in Pigtails
Gordan, Samantha  Sweet Feet
Grey, Karlin  Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still
Gutman, Bill  Venus and Serena: The Grand Slam Williams Sisters
Hubbarb, Crystal Catching the Moon
Kalman, Bobbie  Sports in Action Series
Macy, Sue  Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems, A Whole New Ballgame,  Basketball Belles and Playing Like a Girl: A Celebration of Women in Sports
Mo'Ne Davis  Mo'Ne Davis: Remember My Name
Moss, Marissa  Mighty Jackie: The Strikeout Queen
Patrick, Jean  The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
Snyder, Laurel  Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Welden, Amelie  Girls Who Rocked the World
Vernick, Audrey  The Kid From Diamond Street and She Loved Baseball

Do you have a favorite? Did you love a book that we haven't listed? Please leave a comment below.


  1. Would you please add my Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player to the soccer list?

    1. Thanks for letting us know about it, Ruth. Your series looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Thank you! With lots of games, sports and nature adventure written into the storyline of every one of the Ellie McDoodle Diaries, it's the kind of series I'd have loved as a kid. Thank you for adding it to your list. I'll be sharing this blog with teachers, librarians and sports-minded kids everywhere.

  3. If you're looking for a martial arts book, you could add my book Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Big, Fat Quitter. :-)

    1. Thanks for letting us know about your book, Carmella. We can't wait to read it.

  4. One of my faves is Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure (basketball fiction)