Children's Bookshelf - June 2016
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Summertime Sports
by Kristin Raiche

June ushers in summer and all of its warm weather fun. The season is full of sports and outside activities. Summer 2016 will also feature the Olympic Games, making sports the talk of the season. Here is a selection of books with a sport or Olympic theme.

Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy covers the history of the modern Summer Olympic Games beginning with Pierre De Coubertin and the formation of the International Olympic Committee. It is brimming with archival photos and interesting facts.

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Doug Bowles is not simply an ABC book. With an alphabet theme, this book has added content in the side bars, including facts about the games and the athletes who have played in them. Want to know what the Olympic rings symbolize? You will find the answer under “F” for flag.

Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Christina Forshay is about a little boy and his father who attend a big league game, where they participate in all of the traditional rituals associated with a visit to a big stadium. From ball park food and the wearing of team apparel, to taking photos with the team mascot, this story covers all of the nostalgic events of a live game. This book is a great way to get ready for a visit to the ballpark, or to relive memories of a special day.

Don’t Throw it to Mo by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks tells about Mo, a young boy with a passion for football. He is not the strongest or biggest player on his team, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. When the opposing team labels Mo a “butterfingers” and teases him about his size, Mo’s coach hatches a plan to use his small size to their advantage. This is a beginning read that scores big.

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy, illustrated by Randy DuBurke begins on a quiet Sunday morning in March of 1944 when two North Carolina colleges played a secret basketball game. Three years before Jackie Robinson broke the color line and 19 years before Dr. King told the country of his dream for a brighter future, John McLendon organized a secret game that defied segregation laws and allowed 10 young men to transcend their differences for the love of a game. This book is a historical picture book for sharing with grade schoolers.

Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts, illustrations by Lauren Castillo starts with a conflict — nothing makes Sierra happy like soccer, but nothing makes Sierra sad like soccer does either. Sierra is sad because her Auntie can’t be at any of her games because Auntie can’t take time off of work to watch Sierra play. She wishes that someone at the game was there to cheer her on by name not just the number on her uniform. Sierra finds a creative way to make her wish come true.

Dino-Boarding by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Barry Gott tells about dinosaurs who come from all around to watch and compete in the yearly boarding competitions. It is the veggie team “Green Machine” versus the meat eating “Shredding Crew.” This rhyming book offers a winning combination of dinosaurs and boarding sports of
all kinds.

Niño Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales describes young Niño, a luchador, as he dons his red mask and sneakers and his underwear to face his opponents. He wrestles all manner of creatures, whom he defeats with signature moves like the “tickle tackle.” He effortlessly vanquishes his foes until along comes the dreaded Las Hermanitas (his little sisters awake from their naps). A picture book full of imagination and the over the top excitement of Lucha libre.

Events at Enfield Public Library

Enfield Public Library offers many great programs for children. This June is full of fun.

  • Family Jam on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. is a drop-in interactive music program for the whole family.
  • For the very young, the library has Rhyme Time on June 14 at 6:30 p.m., a fun drop-in musical adventure designed for children from birth to 24 months.
  • June 18 is Vehicle Day! From fire trucks and construction equipment, there’s something for everyone. Bring the whole family to the library from 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Enfield Library is kicking off summer reading on June 29 with two showings of Dancing with Hoops with Judi Ann Jones at 10 and 11:30 a.m. This program is for ages 5 and up. Free tickets will be available at the library starting June 20. Join us for the fun!

Enfield Public Library is located at 104 Middle Road. For more information, call 860-763-7510 or visit

Kristin Raiche is the Head Children/Teen Services Librarian at Enfield Public Library.




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