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release date: Aug 17, 2016
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Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up
The Boy Who Never Gave Up is the inspiring true story of NBA superstar Stephen Curry. This Fully illustrated picture book biography tells the story of a young boy who many said was too short to play in high school, too weak to play in college and not good enough to play in the NBA.
Against all odds, this small boy who follows his dream, not only makes it to the NBA, but becomes one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball.
Children's/Kids Picture Book Biography K-3

Be sure to check out the author's latest releases in basketball books for children:
NBA Design: Shoes, Logos and Jerseys: The Ultimate Creative Coloring Book for basketball fans of all ages!

Retro Air Jordan Shoes: A Detailed Coloring Book for Adults and Kids
release date: May 02, 2017
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Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars
Discover the inspirational real-life stories of superstar athletes like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Tim Howard, and more!

"Packs a powerful message—perseverance and passion pay off. Even non-sports fans will cheer for superstars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry.”--Scholastic Teacher

Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade. He went on to become a national treasure after single-handedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues.

Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.

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release date: Nov 01, 2003
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Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
Michael Jordan.
The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion -- patience, determination, and hard work.
Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It's a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.
release date: Oct 18, 2016
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LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King
The Boy Who Became King is the inspiring true story of NBA superstar LeBron James. This Fully illustrated picture book biography tells the story of a young boy and his loving, single mother and their struggle to make it on their own. With the help of a coach and his family, LeBron is introduced to the game of basketball.

Against all odds, “the kid from Akron” not only makes it to the NBA but becomes a basketball legend who now helps others who are struggling like he and his mother once were.

Children's/Kids Picture Book Biography K-6

Be sure to check out the author's latest releases in basketball books for children: Retro Jordan Series

Volume 1:
"Michael Jordan's Greatest Moments: An Inspirational Coloring Book Biography for Adults and Kids"

The greatest moments of Michael Jordan’s legendary NBA career told through detailed illustrations, facts, quotes and statistics.

Volume 2:
"Retro Air Jordan: Shoes: A Detailed Coloring Book for Adults and Kids"

Hours of fun coloring and learning about your favorite Air Jordan shoes from the past or designing the new Air Jordan's for the future!
release date: Nov 21, 2017
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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with "coaches" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey.

Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.
release date: Jan 05, 2012
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Who Was Babe Ruth?
Just in time for baseball season!

Babe Ruth came from a poor Baltimore family and, as a kid, he was a handful. It was at a reform school that Babe discovered his talent for baseball, and by the age of nineteen, he was on his way to becoming a sports legend. Babe was often out of shape and even more often out on the town, but he had a big heart and an even bigger swing! Kids will learn all about the Home Run King in this rags-to- riches sports biography. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, a true sports legend is brought to life.
release date: Dec 23, 2010
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Who Was Jackie Robinson?
As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball. It was tough being first- not only did "fans" send hate mail but some of his own teammates refused to accept him. Here is an inspiring sports biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout.
release date: Jun 05, 2015
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Stephen Curry: The Best. Easy to read children sports book with great graphic. All you need to know about Stephen Curry, one of the best basketball legends in history. (Sports book for Kids)
Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player, and many people think he is one of the best basketball players in history. Stephen is definitely one of the best shooters ever, and he has won a lot of awards.

Stephen Curry is young, strong, and healthy. That is part of the reason he is so good. But really, he is so good for other reasons. Stephen practiced hard, and never gave up. Even when he was passed over by colleges, Stephen didn’t let that get him down. He simply went to a college he liked, and proved just how wrong the big colleges were in passing him over.

Stephen is the kind of athlete and person we should all try to be. He is friendly and courteous, hard working and dedicated, and uses his skills to entertain millions of people, all while raising money for charities.

Simple, interesting, fun and easy to read for kids, this book contains all you need to know and to learn from Stephen Curry - The Best.

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release date: Jun 07, 2016
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Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still
Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless little girl who went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games, where she received an unprecedented seven perfect scores in gymnastics. But as readers will see in this first-ever illustrated picture book about Nadia’s journey to Olympic gold, the road from small-town girl to world-class athlete was full of many imperfect moments.
     Expert illustrations that capture the energy and fluidity of Nadia's exuberant gymnastic routines and referential back matter round out this inspirational story of determination and overcoming adversity. A perfect 10.
release date: Feb 05, 2015
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Who Is Wayne Gretzky? (Who Was?)
After breaking or tying more than sixty records in hockey, it's no wonder that Wayne Gretzky is known as "The Great One." Born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961, in a nation obsessed with the sport, he threw himself into the game practically from the time he first laced up a pair of skates. When he retired from the NHL in 1999, he had led several teams to Stanley Cup victories, competed in the Olympics, and changed the way hockey was played forever. Known for his love for family and as a truly decent human being, Wayne Gretzky is revealed as more than a sports legend in this easy-to-read biography.
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