Recommended Resources: Girls and Sports

Posted: 11/06/2011 in Recommended Resources, Recommended Resources: Girls and Sports

Click the “Recommended Resources” link above to find useful resources for engaging girls in sports.  Enjoy!

Girls and Sports

To find texts with female protagonists, simply choose a sport under the heading “Sports-related Literature for Teens” and look for novels with the phrase “Female Protagonist” in parentheses.

A Whole Other Ball Game: Women's Literature on Women's SportA Whole Other Ball Game: Women’s Literature on Women’s Sports by Joli Sandoz (ed.)

Embracing Victory: Life Lessons in Competition and CompassionEmbracing Victory: Life Lessons in Competition and Compassion by Mariah Burton Nelson

Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female AthletesGames Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes by Caroline Silby and Shelley Smith

In These Girls, Hope is a MuscleIn These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in AmericaLet me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America by Karen Blumenthal

Nike Is a Goddess: The History of Women in SportsNike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports by Lissa Smith (ed.)

Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in SportsPlaying with the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in Sports by Eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano

Raising Our Athletic Daughters: How Sports Can Build Self-Esteem and Save Girls' LivesRaising our Athletic Daughters: How Sports can Build Self-Esteem and Save Girls’ Lives by Jean Zimmerman and Gil Reavil

Strong  Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker

Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in SportStrong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport by Pat Griffin

Stronger  The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of Sports by Mariah Burton Nelson

Why She Plays: The World of Women's BasketballWhy She Plays: The World of Women’s Basketball by Christine Baker and Becky Hammon

Articles

Brown, A. (2016). Young adult [sports] literature: Looking back and moving forward. SIGNAL Journal, 34(2), 42-50.

Eveleth, R. (2013, May 9). Women appear on less than five percent of sports illustrated coversSmithsonian.

Felicien, B. (2017, February 3). 3 reasons why we need more YA books about girls who play sports. Teen Vogue.

Gonzales, K. (2013). When sports mimic life: The struggle for gender equality. Texas Voices, 26(28), 15.

Heinecken, D. (2015). Pretty tough sports and the promotion of female empowerment in young adult sports fictionThe Lion and the Unicorn, 39(1), 23-41.

Hruby, P. (n.d.). OTL: Natalie’s world. ESPN.

Jensen, K. (2017, March 22). 3 on a YA theme: True girls, true athletes. Book Riot.

Mason, K. (2014). Out of the closet and onto the playing field: Two decades of lesbian athletes in ya literature. English Journal, 104(1), 54–61.

Parker-Pope, T. (2014, February 15). As girls become women, sports pay dividends. The New York Times.

Rodesiler, L., & Mattioli, G. (2016). #LIKEAGIRL: Toward offsetting inequities through the study of sports-based nonfiction. SIGNAL Journal, 34(2), 8-17.

Other Sources

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Women’s Sports Foundation

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