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Happy Summer Reading, Sports Fans!

July 12, 2016
By Misty Teasdale - Contributing Writer , OVParent

It's July and the novelty of sleeping in could be starting to wear off. Your kids might even be starting that "I'm bored!" crazy-talk. My standard reply is to tell my daughter that I'm positively jealous of her boredom. Moms always have so much to do; we never get the opportunity to be bored.

If you're looking for somewhere (free) to go to beat the boredom blues, don't forget about your local public library. Each year, libraries offer summer reading programs packed with fun educational activities. It's also the best place I know to help your kids avoid the "summer slide." The summer slide is the loss of academic skills and can happen when young minds sit idle for three months.

Each year, libraries across the country participate in a collaborative summer library program with a theme. This summer, the theme is sports. Check out these great titles that every young sports fan is sure to love:

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"Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends" by David Stabler

Did you know football star Peyton Manning was once forced to dance the tango in his school play? Did you know that when Babe Ruth was a kid, he was such a troublemaker that his family sent him to reform school? Manning, Ruth and other sports greats such as Jackie Robinson, Danica Patrick, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King and many more are featured in this illustrated book for kids. Often humorous but sometimes heartbreaking, this book is inspiring for any kid interested in sports.

"Bring Your 'A' Game: A Young Athlete's Guide to Mental Toughness" by Jennifer Etnier, Ph.D.

This book introduces key strategies for mental training, such as confidence building, goal setting, pre-performance routines and imagery. Each chapter focuses on a single mental skill and offers key points and exercises designed to reinforce the concepts. The book encourages athletes to incorporate these mental skills into their daily lives and practice sessions so that they become second nature during competition.

"Time for Kids Book of How: All about Sports" by editors of TIME for Kids magazine

This small book packs a big punch with more than 250 sports facts that kids want to know. Colorful photos and engaging diagrams help answer questions such as: How are baseball bats made? How do ice skaters spin so fast? How can you stay upright on a surfboard? The curious young sports fan will love this book.

Misty Teasdale is children's services coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.



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