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Aug 6 2012

Let the Reading Begin!

by Nancy M

While summer vacation might be winding down for many children, and is over for others (which this northerner cannot wrap her head around), summer is still in full swing and so are the Olympics.  This Olympics I have been a much more tearful, blubbering fool than ever and I think it’s because I’m a new mom. Recently, my ten month old son stood up in his crib for the first time and my heart nearly burst with pride. I feel this same pride for these young, accomplished athletes, which only intensifies when they pan to the parents (Missy Franklin, anyone?). I can only imagine how it must feel to have a child work so hard and win an Olympic medal.  Like many parents, I dream about all the great things my son will become one day, and currently that dream is for him to be an Olympic athlete! Now, if you would like to help bring out the Olympian in your child, the Library has many inspirational stories of athletes throughout history. Here are a few recommendations:

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by David Adler

Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women’s rights movement.

Zishe the Strongman by Robert Rubinstein

Relates the unusual story of Zishe, a poor Polish Jew, who became the featured Strongman of circuses throughout the world.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.

For children who would like to learn more about the Olympics and its origins:

Ancient Greece and the Olympics: a non-fiction companion to Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne

Annie and Jack present information about ancient Greece and the athletic events known as the Olympic games that were held there.

Olympics by Chris Oxlade

Surveys the history and traditions of the Olympics, highlighting memorable events from ancient Greece to the present day.

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