Sports and poetry may seem like an unlikely combination, but it has ancient roots with poems recited at sporting events such as victory odes at the earliest Olympics. Perhaps a poem from one of the books below can kick off an athletic competition, sporting event, or field day celebration.
The list begins:
Adoff, Arnold. 2000. The Basket Counts. New York: Simon & Shuster.
Burleigh, Robert. 2001. Goal. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. 2004. Over in the Pink House: New Jump Rope Rhymes. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.
Franco, Betsy. 2009. Messing Around the Monkey Bars and other School Poems for Two Voices. Ill. by Jessie Hartland. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Hoyte, Carol-Ann and Roemer, Heidi Bee. Eds. 2012. And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. Ill. by Kevin Sylvester. Neche, ND: Friesens Press.
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