15 Must-Read Sports Books About Women

Whether you’ve got some extra time on your hands or have a passion for women’s sports, you’ll certainly enjoy these reads! They spotlight amazing women and their journeys as distinguished athletes, covering the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Curl up with a good book, grab a cup of tea, and get reading!

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Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon

Kathrine Switzer is the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. The book highlights her passion for running and the challenges she faced as a female runner. You’ll feel anything is possible after getting a glimpse of Switzer’s story. This book is suited for the ages of 8 to 11 years old.

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

The bond between Venus and Serena is undeniable. You’ll join them on their journey to becoming professional tennis players. This book is suited for the ages of 4 to 8 years old.

My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall

Elena Delle Donne is a professional basketball player who early in her career gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family and self-discovery. This book is suited for the ages of 12 years old and up.

All Heart: My Dedication and Determination To Become One of Soccer’s Best

Carli Lloyd, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team, made history when she scored three goals in the first sixteen minutes of the 2015 World Cup. This was the greatest goal-scoring effort in the history of World Cup finals and believe it or not, Lloyd almost quit soccer earlier in her career! This book is suited for the ages of 10 to 12 years old.

Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion

Jessica Long, now recognized as one of the best paralympic swimmers in the world, was once an orphan born with fibular hemimelia. Today, she is the second-most decorated U.S. Paralympic athlete of all time. This book is suited for the ages of 10 to 12 years old.

Proud: Living My American Dream

Ibtihaj Muhammad grew up as the only African-American Muslim in a hijab in her community. In this book, she touches on her personal struggles and challenges while navigating the world and finding her own way. This book is suited for the ages of 8 to 12 years old.

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

In a country where vintage cars and live music rule the streets, Cuba is filled with Instagram- worthy dreams. Take a walk down the streets and amuse your Instagram followers with endless pastel walls.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition

No one expected Misty Copeland to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers. This is her underdog story. The book is suited for the ages of 8 to 12 years old.

The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir

Journalist and amateur boxer, Mischa Merz, takes a longshot and competes in a series of amateur boxing tournaments. Along the way, she meets her idols, including Lucia Rijker of “Million Dollar Baby” fame,” and some other truly extraordinary characters.

My Fight / Your Fight

Ronda Rousey is a woman of many talents; she’s a professional wrestler and a former mixed martial arts and judoka athlete. This inspiring book follows her on her difficult path to glory.

Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

Gabrielle Douglas, the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around champion, discusses her journey from the moment she stepped onto the mat to her debut at the Olympics. This book is suited for the ages of 13 to 18 years old.

In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir

Amanda Beard, a professional swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist, reveals the truth about her personal and professional journey as she made her way to stardom.

A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Female Athlete

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is notable for her success in the women’s decathlon. She discusses how she overcame her troublesome start to rise to the top.

Rise: My Story

Lindsey Vonn, the greatest female ski racer of all time, reveals her personal and professional journey as she made a name for herself in the sport.

Forward: A Memoir

Abby Wambach, a retired professional soccer player, reveals her internal struggle amidst her remarkable success and how she embraced life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.


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