Book for Girls Who like Hoops

Today I have a book for girls who like hoops.  We get plenty of basketball books from players who are legendary in the NBA, but finally, we have one from a woman who is dominant in the WNBA.  Yup, it’s time for the girls to represent!

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Title: Elle of the Ballbook for girls who like hoops elle of the ball

Author: Elena Delle Donne

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: Yes

What this book is about:

Elle is in seventh grade and she isn’t just a little tall, she is at least 6 inches taller than the next tallest kid in the class.  Of course, this means she plays basketball. Fortunately, she has a love for the game, but she also knows that people expect more from her simply because of her height.  In addition to practice, she also has to learn ballroom dance for a cotillion that is coming up.  When it comes to dancing she has two left feet and she just doesn’t feel comfortable in the frilly dresses they are expected to wear.  How can Elle get over all the expectations placed on her to be her best self?

Why I love this book:

  • I love that this story is written by Elan Donne, the 2015WMBA MVP, and 2016 USA’s women’s basketball team gold medalist.  We see plenty of kid stories written by current and past NBA players so it is nice to see the women represented!
  • There is some detailed basketball action and I can safely say that I didn’t understand most of it.  This, of course, means that it will probably resonate with actual ballplayers, but I cannot vouch for any of the accuracies.  However, I trust the source, so let’s just say basketball players will be pleased.
  • Besides being about basketball, this story addresses the real concerns of kids in middle school.  Feeling comfortable with you growing limbs, fitting into stereotypes of what kids should and shouldn’t be like at this age, and being at ease with yourself are issues all kids are facing.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who enjoy basketball or sports in general.  

Final thoughts:

A nice new series for girls who like basketball.  Fills a niche just as The Kicks by Alex Morgan did for female soccer players.

To purchase this book:

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