Hip Hot & Happening in the Bookshop – The Olympics

London is getting ready for the Olympics and so are we!  With only 7 days (July 27) to go until the opening night and the beginning of the games it is time to study up on your Olympic facts.  We have hand-picked a few books to get you and the kids ready:

For You:

A Passion for Victory by Benson Bobrick

From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high-tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas of athletic prowess and human interest.  In A Passion for Victory, award-winning author Benson Bobrick tells the details of the captivating story of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece. This wonderfully readable narrative is rich with anecdotes and profiles of athletes and weaves in important historical events to create a complete picture of each installment of the Games. This thorough account of an international fixation is gripping, poignant, and occasionally hilarious.

For the Kids:

G is for Gold Medal – An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Doug Bowles

From the first games held in ancient Greece to the cultural extravaganzas of recent years, there have been some incredible and amazing events and milestones in the world of Olympic sports. Now G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet, writer Brad Herzog showcases those athlete and events that not only set sports records but also impacted history and world views.

How to Train with a T.Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson and illustrated by Wark Jenkins

What does it take to win eight gold medals?

Napping away three summer vacations?

Eating enough broccoli to fill the back of a pickup truck?

Swimming the length of the Great Wall of China three times?

Activity Books:

Olympic Adventures

Olympic Adventures includes ideas, materials, and activities that can be used with primary grade level children. Activities taught in this book are used to inform students about the Olympic Games through class or group lessons, independent enrichment research, and cooperative learning activities.

London 2012 Games Activity Book

Get creative with this fun activity book celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It provides puzzles to solve, games to play, and lots of drawing activities in the company of official mascots Wenlock and Mandeville. Activities include trivia, word searches, photo puzzles, maze challenges, spot-the-difference, quizzes, and 50 stickers of Games action, flags, star athlete portraits, and official London 2012 Games imagery—including Wenlock and Mandeville.

Let the games begin!

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