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

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

Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in SportThe 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

Women’s Sports Foundation

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.

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

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

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.

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