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
Cochran, Mick  The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
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
Klages, Ellen  Out of Left Field
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 Dreams, 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

Cummings, Fiona  Sleepover Girls Go Camping
Mozer, Stacy Barnett  The Perfect Trip

Maddox, Jake  Cheer CaptainCheer Choice, Squad Troubles
Thom, Kara Douglas  Cheerleader Girl: Roxy's Story

Berk, Sheryl Dance Divas: Two to Tango
Grey, Libba  My Mama Had A Dancing Heart
Maddox, Jake  Ballet BulliedDance Team Dilemma, Dancing Solo
Streatfield, Noel  Ballet Shoes and Dancing Shoes
Thom, Kara Douglass  Dancer Girl M.C.'s Story (Go Go Sports)

Field Hockey
Maddox, Jake  Field Hockey Firsts

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


Cummings, Fiona  Sleepover Girls Go Gymnastic
Depken, Kristen  Barbie: I Can Be a Gymnast 
Meadows, Daisy  Gemma the Gymnastics Fairy (Rainbow Fairies Series)
Maddox, Jake  Back on the BeamGymnastics Jitters, and Victory Vault
Peschke, Marci  Kyle Jean: Gymnastics Queen
Thom, Kara Douglass  Gymnastics Girl Maya's Story

Eyre, Lindsay  Mean Girl Meltdown
Fitzgerald, Dawn  Getting in the Game

Horseback Riding

Betancourt, Jeanne  Pony Pal Series
Burkhart, Jessica  Canterwood Crest Series
Maddox, Jake  Horseback Hopes, Horseback Hurdles
Meadows, Daisy  Helena The Horse Riding Fairy (Rainbow Fairies Series)

Martial Arts
Perry, Chrissie Karate Kicks
Van Vlett, Carmella   Eliza Bing is (NOT) a Big Fat Quitter

Jamieson, Victoria  Rollergirl

Maddox, Jake  Longboard Let Down
Sauer, Tammi  Princess in Training

Freitas, Donna  Gold Medal Winter
Holm, Jennifer L.  Babymouse Skater Girl
Lazar, Tara  Little Red Gliding Hood
Maddox, Jake  Double-Axel Doubt, Skater's SecretSkating Showdown
Meadows, Daisy  Zoe the Skating Fairy
Messner, Kate  Sugar and Ice
Nall, Gail Breaking the Ice
Russell, Rachel Renee  Tales from a Not So Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries)
Streatfield, Noel  Skating Shoes
Yep, Laurence Mia Series (American Girl)

Bryant, Annie  Freestyle with Avery (Beacon Street Girls)
Ford, Adam  Molly Rides
Maddox, Jake  Half-Pipe Prize
Mongredien, Sue  Sleepover Girls Go Snowboarding

Barshaw, Ruth McNally  Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player
Christopher, Matt   Secret Weapon (Soccer Cats Series)
Maddix, Jake  Soccer Showoff, Soccer Spirit, Soccer Surprise
Meadows, Daisy  Stacey the Soccer Fairy (Rainbow Magic Series)
Montabalbano, Andrea  Soccer Sisters Out of Bound
Morgan, Alex  The Kicks (Series)
Nitz, Kristen Wolden  Defending Irene
O'Conner, Jane  Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania
Thom, Kara Douglass  Soccer Girl Casey's Story (Go Go Sports)

Maddix, Jake  Softball Surprise and Stolen Bases

Castor, Harriet  Sleepover Girls Go Surfing
Maddox, Jake  Storm Surfer

Firschein, Warren  Out of Synch
Maddox, Jake  Pool Panic
Thom, Kara Douglass  Swimmer Girl Suzi's Story (Go Go Sports)

Digby, Anne  Tennis Term at Trebizon
Maddox, Jake  Tennis Trouble 
Meadows, Daisy  Alice the Tennis Fairy (Magic Fairies Series)
Streatfield, Noel  Tennis Shoes

Track and Field
Levine, Anna  Running on Eggs
Maddox, Jake  Running Rivals, Running Scared
Maddox, Jake  Jump Serve, Over the Net, Volleyball DreamsVolleyball Victory

Nonfiction for Ages 7 - 12

Adler, David  Mama Played Baseball
Berne, Emma Carlson  The Baseball Adventure of Jackie Mitchell
Bildner, Phil  Martina and Chrissie
Burby, Liza N.  Women in Sports Series
Corey, Shana  Players in Pigtails
Dzidrums, Christine  Simone Biles
Gordan, Samantha  Sweet Feet
Grey, Karlin  Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still
Gutman, Bill  Venus and Serena: The Grand Slam Williams Sisters
Hernandez, Laurie  I Got This
Hubbarb, Crystal Catching the Moon
Ignotofsy, Rachel  Women in Sports
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
Morgan, Alex  Breakaway
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
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)