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Books with Olympic Buzz for Reluctant Readers

February 7th, 2014 by Kendra Martin

With the Olympic buzz in the air, what better way to engage your reluctant readers than through Olympic-themed books? We've put together two great hi/lo sets featuring Olympics: true stories of Canadian Olympic medialists and novels about Canadian Olympians-in-the-making at an elite sports high school. 

The books feature positive, inspirational stories that will motivate readers to believe in themselves, persevere through challenges, and respect diversity.

True Stories of Canadian Winter Olympic Medialists for Grades 7+

Lorimer - Childrens - Blog - olympic recordbooks set

Four-paperback set, Ages 12+, Reading Level grades 3.0-4.9


The 2002 gold medal-winning women's Olympic hockey team
The 2006 gold-medal winning men's Paralympic sledge hockey team
The Crazy Canucks multi-medal winning men's alpine ski team from the 70s and 80s
The Winnipeg Falcons, Canada's first gold medal-winning men's hockey team from 1920

Realistic Sports Fiction about Olympians-in-training for Grades 8+

Lorimer - Childrens - Blog - Podium 5 book set

Five-paperback set, Ages 13+, Reading Level grade 3.0

Topics: hockey, snowboarding, synchronized swimming, lacrosse, and soccer

Key themes: hazing, steroid use, eating disorders, peer pressure, Olympic prospects


You can pair fiction with non-fiction for grades 8 and up by ordering both sets!


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