Teaching our children about sportsmanship is extremely important for helping them build character and become people whom others want to play sports with. If they are coached to play to win fairly, they will do so by training hard and then using their skills, fitness and intelligence. If they learn early that insults, intentional fouls and mean spirited chants are unexceptable, it will help them succeed far beyond the game.
Author: Alyson Heller
Illustrator: Steve Björkman
Age Group: 4-6
All of the kids in the after school sports club are learning about t-ball. Caleb is feeling competitive and isn’t very supportive when his friends are up to bat. When it’s his turn he realizes it’s not as easy as it looks and appreciates how his friends encourage and support him.Purchase the Book Online
Author: Stan Berenstain
Illustrator: Jan Berenstain
Age Group: 4-8
Brother and Sister Bear are teaching younger cubs how to play t-ball. This sweet story will teach young readers that good sportsmanship is important for coaches and parents, not just playersPurchase the Book Online
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Sam Ricks
Age Group: 6-7
Mo has a serious love for the game of football. He participates in a neighborhood football team but sits on the bench during the games. But Mo keeps on practicing and doesn’t give up. One day, things change; the coach puts him in the game and Mo wins it for his team.Purchase the Book Online
Author: Greg Pizzoli
Age Group: 3-6
Sam is a race car driving dog who is fixated on winning and he has to learn that there are more important things to life than winning.Purchase the Book Online
Author: James Dean
Age Group: 4-8
Pete the Cat’s team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. But when the game doesn’t go Pete’s way, he’ll need to learn how to deal with his emotions.Purchase the Book Online
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Age Group: 6-9
Beautiful and kid-friendly poems that capture the range of emotions that come from playing sports. The thrill of winning to the agony of losing to the sheer joy of participating.Purchase the Book Online
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrator: Marylin Hafner
Age Group: 5-8
Clyde is worried he won’t get chosen for a sports team at the Sports Spectacular event. After his best friend tells him she’s entering the tumbling event, he begins practicing his somersaults and hops. But when something unexpected happens to his friend on the day of the Sports Spectacular, Clyde must find a way to help her and still go onPurchase the Book Online
Author: Frank J. Sileo
Illustrator: Cary Pillo
Age Group: 4-8
Sally loves to be first at everything. She has a really hard time dealing with her emotions when she isn’t first. Sally learns the rules for being a good winner and a good loser, and that the most important thing is having fun.Purchase the Book Online
I played fair. I was respectful. I accepted the outcome of the game.
To help your child learn about sportsmanship give them several example of good and bad sportsmanship and have them declare which is which.
- After your teammate strikes out at bat, give them a high five and say, “good try”: Good Sportsmanship!
- Calling the other team Stinky Pickle Heads: Bad Sportsmanship!
- Giving high fives and saying “good game” to the other team, after they win the game: Good Sportsmanship!