“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map. Written by Sue Macy and illustrated by Matt Collins. Holiday House. c., 2011.
Reading Level: 700L
Synopsis: Agnes Morley who does not consider herself a girly girl goes to school at Stanford University. This book tells the story of how she joins a women’s basketball team and makes history by playing in the first women’s college game.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This book would be great for the classroom to help break down stereotypes that sports are only for boys. It would be a great confidence booster for young girls to follow their dreams, no matter what they are.
Common Core Connection: Basketball Belles could be used to help children research information using various sources to find other information about the events in this story. They could also talk about main idea and supporting details.