Books about Female Athletes Who Changed History

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My kids have found sports to be their passion.

I spend my weekends walking golf courses or standing on pool decks at swim meets.

I never imagined that I would be the sports mom, mainly because I was so terrible at all sports.

But my girls are much more athletic than I ever was. They live for their athletic pursuits.

Sports have brought so much fun and a lot of busy activity into our weeks.

To motivate and encourage them, we’re reading about some female athletes that have changed history and inspired generations of athletes.

Enjoy this book list of women who made their mark in sports.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman

Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

Players in Pigtails

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

Martina and Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream

Winners Never Quit!

The Golden Girls of Rio

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics

Girl Running

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen

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