Reading Level: Grades 2-3
Interest Level: Grades 3-5
Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
Correlation with National Curriculum:
CCS RI 3.1, 2, 3, 8; RI 4.1, 2, 3, 8; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 8 NCSS 10
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Individual Titles: $28.50 (List)/ $19.95 (S/L)
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Set of 8 (978-1-63517-609-4):
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Set of 8 (978-1-63517-681-0):
Sports Build Character reveals eight empowering character traits that young athletes can build on and off the field. Filled with true stories of top athletes, each title defines and illustrates a different character trait while inspiring readers to live out the trait in their day-to-day lives.
Select a title below to find educator resources, including lesson plans, curriculum correlations, resource links, and book-related downloadables.
Booklist, March 15, 2018
Caring in Sports.
Kortemeier, Todd (Author)
Jan 2018. 32 p. Focus Readers, library edition, $28.50. (9781635175295). 790.
A key component of good sportsmanship is caring about one’s teammates and even opponents, and readers will see many real-world examples of this on display in this installment in the Sports Build Character series (8 titles). The first chapter defines caring, emphasizing how it can be shown through encouragement and respect. Chapter two provides examples of well-known athletes putting others’ well-being or safety above winning. Among these are Olympic runners Abby D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin, who collided but showed solidarity by finishing their race together, ultimately receiving the Fair Play Award. The final chapter offers reader-directed suggestions on how to be caring athletes in their own right. “Let’s Discuss” boxes pose questions to the reader that personalize the concepts in the text, and a concluding quiz reviews the overall content. —Julia Smith
School Library Journal
Sports Build Character
“A thoughtful series to encourage sportsmanship among hyper-competitive kids. Sure to be a hit with teachers and students.” —School Library Journal