Do you have a young hockey player in your house or maybe a Daddy who can’t wait to take his new little on on the ice? We love these books to introduce your baby to this beloved Canadian sport or to give to your Crosby-in-training when he scores his first goal! With the Winter Olympics this February, we know that there will be more hockey lovers converted! Enjoy these great books for kids of all ages!
Babies and Toddlers:
Little Hockey by Matt Napier
Board Books for Little Sports! Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.
Toddlers and Preschool:
Z is for Zamboni by Matt Napier
Z is for Zamboni will delight hockey fans young and old across North America! Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, this hockey alphabet is both fun and educational.
Hockey Numbers by Matt Napier
Young sports fans see numbers everywhere – the scoreboard, the retired jerseys in the rafters, the numerology of sports stats – and Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Number Book delivers them faster than an assist from the Great One, number 99 himself.
Franklin Plays Hockey
In this Franklin TV Storybook, our hero loves playing hockey, and he especially loves winning. But when Skunk joins his team, Franklin stops having fun. She can’t skate fast or pass the puck. Franklin doesn’t want to lose tomorrow’s game, but he doesn’t want Skunk to feel bad, either. Will Franklin find a way to make hockey fun for everyone?
Preschool and School Age:
Brady Brady and the Great Rink by Mary Shaw
Brady Brady loves hockey more than anything. In fact, he thinks about it so much that his family must call out his name twice just to get his attention! Perfect for young hockey fans like Brady Brady.
Over at the Rink by Stella Parthenious Grass
Join in the fun as the whole town cheers on the home team on a sunny winter day at the rink. Set to the catchy rhythm of the traditional counting rhyme Over in the Meadow, Over at the Rink is the perfect way to count all the reasons we love hockey.
The Big Game by Gilles Tibo
It’s the championship game and Nicholas’ team is facing the best team in the league. With advice flying faster than pucks, can Nicholas keep his cool and come up with the perfect winning strategy?
Dino Hockey by Lisa Wheeler
Rhyming couplets set the scene for a fantastical sports event: a hockey game played between opposing dinosaur teams: the Meat-Eaters and the Veggiesaurs. Gott’s action-filled paintings amplify the sports moves and the players’ comically exaggerated expressions, from the scowling face off between T. Rex and Tricera to the jubilant postgame celebration, covered by eager dino newscasters.
Just One Goal! by Robert Munsch
Ciara is tired of hauling her hockey gear across town to play on the rink. It makes no sense—there is a perfectly good frozen river in her own backyard! But her dad says it’s too jagged, and her mom says it’s too bumpy, and her older sisters don’t see why she can’t keep going all the way across town, just like they did. But Ciara won’t let anybody stop her. And with a little help from the neighbourhood, she knows that her team, the River Rink Rats, will finally win a game on their own brand new rink.
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