Updated: August 15, 2013 6:24AM
Sports are so much more readily available to kids nowadays than when I was growing up. I have some fun stories for kids about sports.
“Goal!” by Mina Javaherbin takes place in South Africa. Ajani has won a fantastic prize for reading — a regulation football.
The streets are not safe. Ajani and his friends have a plan: they will take turns guarding against the bullies.
They get so busy playing that they forget to watch and all of a sudden, there they are — three bigger boys on bikes.
Quickly, they hide the new ball under a bucket they are using as part of the goal. With some quick thinking and acting, they convince the bullies to leave by giving them an old beat up ball.
They happily continue to play.
I do wish that the bullies had some comeuppance, but the joy of playing makes this a good read.
In “Happy Like Soccer” by Maribeth Boelts, Sierra loves to play soccer.
She has just been picked for a new team and gets to play on a real field with new shoes and real goals and no garbage cans, real grass and no pot holes. The sad thing about soccer is that her Auntie works on Saturdays and can’t come to the games.
We follow Sierra as she goes to play an away game and she loves playing but all the other kids have someone there to cheer them on but her. After the game, she joins her Auntie at work and tells her all about it as they eat supper.
Auntie’s boss listens and offers to change a shift so Auntie can go. But, thunder and lightning cancel the game.
Sierra is afraid Auntie’s boss won’t let her change again. She calls her coach and asks if the game could be rescheduled in the city on their lot on a Monday so Auntie can come.
It works and this time, there are lots of people who know who Sierra is. This is a great lesson in how important our attendance is to the kids.
In “Splinters” by Kevin Sylvester, we join Cindy in her quest to play hockey.
Equipment is expensive in this Cinderella story. She saves her money, uses her mother’s old equipment and makes a team with the Blister Sisters.
Her teammates taunt and tease, and call her “Splinters” cause she is always on the bench, too good to play as the coach plays favorites.
She has to clean the sisters’ uniforms and tape their sticks.
Tryouts for an all-star team are announced. The players will be selected by Head Coach Charmaine Prince. The Blister Sisters are convinced that they will be chosen.
You guessed it. Cindy’s fairy goaltender shows up.
You have to love a hockey player with granny glasses and wings. On a sparkling new Zamboni, off to the rink to win a place on the new team.
The spell ends with the final buzzer. She has to leave of course but leaves one skate.
She is found and gets to not only be on the team, but to be captain. Beats a boring old prince charming any day.