Click the “Basketball” link above to find texts for the basketball enthusiasts in your classroom.  Enjoy!

Key:

^ Nonfiction

# Other: Poetry, Drama, etc.

*Grade levels are based on reviews from sources such as School Library Journal, Booklist, etc. They do not necessarily represent Alan’s views on grade level appropriateness.

Basketball

Airball: My Life in BriefsAirball: My Life in Briefs by L.D. Harkrader (Grades 5-7)

Time  Athlete vs. Mathlete: Time-Out by W.C. Mack (Series; Grades 3-6)

Ball Don't LieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña (Multicultural; Grades 9-12)

Basketball (or Something Like It)Basketball (or Something Like It) by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Grades 5-9)

Black and White (Speak)Black and White by Paul Volponi (Multicultural, Racism; Grades 9-12)

Blind Your PoniesBlind your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West

BoostBoost by Kathy Mackel (Female Protagonist; Grades 6-9)

Box OutBox Out by John Coy (Grades 7-9)

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick (Bullying; Multicultural; Grades 8-11)

BystanderBystander by James Preller (Bullying; Grades 6-9)

handcuffs  Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher (Grades 9-12)

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn^ Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn by Larry Colton (Female Protagonist)

Crossover (Orca Sports)Crossover by Jeff Rud (LGBTQ; Grades 7-9)

Cruise ControlCruise Control by Terry Trueman (Grades 7-10)

Danger Zone (Point Signature)Danger Zone by David Klass (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

Don't Let The Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion^ Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion by Lisa Leslie and Larry Burnett (Female Protagonist)

Dragon Road: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1939Dragon Road by Laurence Yep (Multicultural; Grades 6-9)

Product Details^ Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso

  Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (Grades 7-10)

Front and Center (The Dairy Queen Trilogy)Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

Full Court PressFull Court Press by Mike Lupica (Female Protagonist)

GameGame by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 8-12)

Hail Caesar (Push)Hail Caesar by Thu Huong Ha (Grades 10-12)

Hanging on to MaxHanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard (Grades 8-12)

Head Games: A PrettyTOUGH NovelHead Games by Keri Mikulski (Female Protagonist)

HoopsHoops by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 7-10)

Hoop Dreams: True Story of Hardship and Triumph, The^ Hoop Dreams: A True Story of Hardship and Triumph by Ben Joravsky

horse H.O.R.S.E: A Game of Basketball and Imagination illustrated by Christopher Myers (Grades 3-6)

Hot Hand (Comeback Kids)Hot Hand by Mike Lupica (Grades 4-6)

In the GarageIn the Garage by Alma Fullerton (Female Protagonist)

In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle^ In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais (Female Protagonist)

jabber   Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll (illustrated by Christopher Myers)

Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems# Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems by Mel Glenn

JumpedJumped by Rita Williams-Garcia (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

Last Shot: A Final Four MysteryLast Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein (Grades 6-9)

Learning The Game (Push Fiction)Learning the Game by Kevin Waltman (Grades 8-11)

Me, Myself and IkeMe, Myself, and Ike by K.L. Denman (Grades 8-10)

Michael Jordan: A Life Above the Rim (Superstar Lineup)^ Michael Jordan: A Life Above the Rim by Robert Lipsyte

Miracle on 49th StreetMiracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica (Grades 6-9)

Next  Next (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

Night HoopsNight Hoops by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-10)

name   No Name by Tim Tingle (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

On the Devil's CourtOn the Devil’s Court by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-11)

Pick  Pick and Roll by Kelsey Blair (Female Protagonist; Grades 5-8)

Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court# Pick-up Game: A Full Day of Full Court by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich^ Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel

Playing Without the BallPlaying Without the Ball by Rich Wallace (Grades 8-10)

pull   Pull (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

quicks    Quicks (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

Rabbit, RunRabbit Run by John Updike

Rainbow HighRainbow High by Alex Sanchez (LGBTQ; Grades 10-12)

ReboundRebound by Bob Krech (Racism; Grades 9-12)

Remembering Gage ParkRemembering Gage Park by William Shunas (Multicultural)

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms (Picture Puffins)# Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms by Charles R. Smith (Grades 7-11)

Rucker Park SetupRucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi (Grades 8-10)

Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior^ Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson

Shaq Uncut: My Story^ Shaq Uncut: My Story by Shaquille O’Neal and Jackie MacMullan

Shooting Stars^ Shooting Stars by Lebron James and Buzz Bissinger

Slam!Slam! By Walter Dean Myers (Grades 8-10)

slump   Slump (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

Stepping UpStepping Up by Mark Fink (Grades 8-10)

Summer BallSummer Ball by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-8)

   Swagger by Carl Deuker (Grades 7-10)

Sweet Turnaround JSweet Turnaround J by P.V. Beck (Female Protagonist)

Take Your Best Shot (4 for 4)Take Your Best Shot by John Coy (Grades 5-8)

Product DetailsTears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper (Grades 9-12)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Multicultural, Racism; Grades 8-11)

The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives^ The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives by Neil Swidey

  The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll

crossover   The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Grades 5-7)

The Final FourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi (Grades 7-10)

The HoopsterThe Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Racism; Grades 8-10)

The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams^ The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams by Darcy Frey

The Moves Make the Man (Newbery Honor Book)The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (Grades 8-12)

The Necessary Hunger: A NovelThe Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr (Multicultural, Female Protagonist)

The Outside ShotThe Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 7-10)

The Perfect Shot (Young Adult Fiction)The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin (Grades 9-12)

The RebounderThe Rebounder by Thomas Dygard (Grades 6-9)

The Rhyming SeasonThe Rhyming Season by Edward Averett (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

The Squared CircleThe Squared Circle by James Bennett (Grades 9-11)

TiltTilt by Alan Cumyn

Travel TeamTravel Team by Mike Lupica (Grades 6-8)

True Legend by Mike Lupica (Grades 6-8)

When the Game Was Ours^ When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird, Ervin Johnson, and Jackie MacMullan

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