Sneakers squeak. Pep bands boogie. Whistles, buzzers and the thump of basketballs mark time, as history unfolds on basketball courts across the country. March Madness is underway, and fans with the fever follow progress of their favorite college teams on their iPhones, TVs, laptops and – for a small percentage of lucky ones – in person.
Just when I think all signs of “the bug” are gone, an image of a red-sweatered (former) coach flashes on the TV screen, and I – a fairly sedate Boomer mom – am transported back to the glory days of 1980s Hoosier basketball and birth of the nationally adopted three-pointer.
My grad student husband and I lived for six years in Bloomington, Ind., home of the Indiana University Hoosiers – then under the turbulent tutelage of Coach Bobby Knight. I was a newspaper reporter and scored some press passes to photograph Big 10 footage from the floor of Assembly Hall. It wasn’t long before the names of Isiah Thomas, Steve Alford, Daryl Thomas, Dean Garrett, Ricky Calloway, Keith Smart and Uwe Blab rolled off my tongue like a pro. It was exciting stuff for a media “newb,” especially the 1986-87 NCAA national basketball championship win. “Go! Big! Red!”
All that to say, there’s no age limit for March Madness. Adults and kids alike are susceptible. The online basketball books for kids on Big Universe may not starve a cold, but they will feed The Fever!
Two of the picture books are from our premium publishers, and the other three are books that members crafted with the Big Universe Author Tool. So… now’s the time to get your youngest basketball fans to do some extra reading. Then have them use the writing tool to report what they see as they watch their favorite team on TV or revisit an experience on their own teams.
Children’s Picture Books about Basketball on Big Universe
- Basketball, Bellwether Publishing, ages 6-12
- Basketball Centers, Rourke Publishing, ages 6-12
- Roger Learns to Play Basketball, a member-created book
- Basketball, a member-created book
- Basketball, a member created book
* NOTE: For other sports-related online books for children, click this Big Universe sports link.