This Week in Sports Books: July 10, 2009

8:15 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Huge News this week as Capstone Publishers, the leading publisher of children’s books in the U.S. education market, has signed with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS, the award-winning sports magazine publisher, to create a new line of leveled chapter books. The project will last through spring 2012 and ultimately produce 82 new titles for young readers.
The new books will feature high-interest nonfiction and fiction sports stories in three separate formats: high-low informational, graphic novels, and illustrated chapter books. They will be created for the elementary and middle school grades, especially struggling and reluctant readers.

“This is an exciting opportunity for SI Kids and we are thrilled to be working with Capstone Publishers, the industry’s most respected publisher of children’s books,” said Bob Der, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS Managing Editor.

Published under Capstone Publishers’ well-known imprints Capstone Press and Stone Arch Books, the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS’ books will debut with three series in January 2010: Greatest Sports Stars, The Science of Sports, and Graphic Sports.

Read an article in Publishers Weekly.

If you're ever in doubt and are looking for a good sports read, you can always visit theHappyNappyBookseller. Doret has some great reviews up of a couple of sports books with female protagonists as she lets us know Girls Got Game:

Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar
"I really enjoyed Pretty Tough. There were one or two pop culture references that dated the book, (pubs 2007) but not enough to take away from enjoyment. The telling alternates between the two sisters. The soccer action on the field was excellent. Pretty Tough is a wonderful sports book. Girls who play soccer will love."

Boost by Kathy Mackel
"Mackel writes a great game, its easy to see the action on the court. After beating a rival team, pills are found in Savvy's gym bag, and the whispers of steriod use begins. I felt Savvy's fear, confusion and anger at this accusation. Boost was a wonderful read. I highly recommend it, especially for fans of Murdock's Dairy Queen series."

At Cynthia's Attic Blog, you can check out "Ghost Light" by Mary Cunningham.

"11-year-old Jake McMillen wants, more than anything in the world, to play varsity basketball for the Panthers, just like his late, Grandpa Max. One big problem. While Jake inherits his grandfather's love for the game, the McMillen height passed him by..."
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  1. Doret said...

    I read two of the books published under Stone Arch. I thought both were okay but the price point was too high $18. Hopefully the prices under Capstone will be more reasonable.

  2. Anonymous said...

    Ghost Light is a really neat story. It is a great way to get your kids reading. It is short and entertaining. Not something they HAVE to read.


  3. Lori Calabrese said...


    Thanks for the info--like you said, hopefully the prices will be more reasonable!

    I'm glad to hear Ghost Light is a really neat story--it's something I'll have to check out and hope my readers do, too. Thanks for sharing!

    All the best,