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

Kapit, Sarah Get a Grip Vivi Cohen

Klages, Ellen Out of Left Field

Long, Kim Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament

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

Wolff, Virginia Bat 6


Barber, Barbara E.  Allie's Basketball Dream

Friedman, Laurie and Jennifer Kalis Game Time, Mallory!

Peschke, Marci  Kyle Jean, Hoop Queen 

Roberts, Barbara Carroll Nikki on the Line


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



Bourne, Shakirah Josephine Against the Sea


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)

Schneider, Marnie Football Freddie and the Fumble Dog



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)

Faruqi, Saadia Yasmin the Soccer Star

Guidroz, Rukhsanna Mina vs. the Monsoon

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

Guidroz, Rukhsanna Samira Surfs

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

Thom, Kara Douglass  Runner Girl Ella's Story (Go Go Sports)


Shovan, Laura Takedown


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)