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June 1, 2016

Winter Olympics Reading List

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, have officially begun! Like many people, I’m looking forward to catching some sports I don’t usually get to see (I think ski jumping is my favorite). I’ll also be keeping an eye out for the stories that give the Games greater meaning—the athlete who wins the sole medal for his or her country, the team that prevails over long odds, or the person hoping to set a world record.

Just like the United States Olympic athletes, Scholastic Reading Club has been busy preparing for the Winter Games by…assembling a list of great Olympics-related books! (Okay, maybe that’s not exactly what the athletes have been doing.) Here are some selections to get you in the spirit:

  • Want to explore this year’s host country? The Storia ePack Roaming Across Russia pairs two satisfying books: a nonfiction look at the country today and an exciting fairy-tale mystery.


  • The Olympics have changed a lot since their inception! Learn about the origins of the Games with the Magic Tree House® Olympics Fact & Fiction Pack. It includes a chapter book that puts Jack and Annie in the middle of the action in ancient Greece and a Fact Tracker that answers many questions about what the Games were like back then.



  • Looking for some light, fun fiction? Gold Medal Winter is a story about a young figure skater, Esperanza, who’s preparing to compete in the Olympics for the first time. But all the excitement comes with new distractions, from reporters who follow her around to boys who may or may not be interested in her. Esperanza will have to find a way to focus on the competition instead of the drama if she wants to contend for the gold.


Look for these and other Olympics-inspired books in your Reading Club flyers and on our website!

About the Author: Morgan does online title presentation for Scholastic Reading Club.



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