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2012 Olympics Book List: That’s a Wrap!

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 12, 2012

As the London 2012 Olympics come to a close, you may be looking for a way to fill the void which was recently filled with hours-on-end of summer sports. However, most importantly, you may be looking for a way to wean your little television junkies who were so thrilled to be invited for additional TV time over the past couple of weeks. The following books (and one DVD—because nobody said weaning would be easy) may be just what you’re looking for; they offer samplings of ancient and early modern Olympics, gymnastics and some good, old-fashioned exploration of London.

Pop-Up London

By Jennie Maizels

Reading level: Ages 5 and up

Hardcover: 12 pages

Publisher: Candlewick; Pop edition (April 10, 2012)

Gold Medal Summer 

By Donna Freitas

Reading level: Ages 10 and up

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (June 1, 2012)

A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early…

By Benson Bobrick

Reading level: Ages 10 and up

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 26, 2012)

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

By Brad Herzog; Illustrated by Doug Bowles

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (September 1, 2011)

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots For The Stars

Cast: Cathy Rigby, Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering

Directed By: Vince Marcello

Based on the “McKenna” stories by: Mary Casanova

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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