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Elementary SBCUSD Reads - March

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Theme of the Month

March Madness text over the image of a basketball

 TK - 1st Recommendations

Dream Big

Long before he became a professional All-Star basketball player, Michael Jordan had dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal—and with dedication and perseverance, that’s exactly what he did. This heartwarming picture book, written by Michael’s mother and illustrated by Barry Root, gives a rare glimpse into a sports hero’s childhood and emphasizes the role that good values play in success. An ideal companion to the New York Times bestselling Salt in His Shoes, this is an inspirational story for sports fans, go-getters, and anyone with big dreams!

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Allie's Basketball Dream

Basketball is Allie's favorite sport-she's loved it ever since her father took her to her first game at Madison Square Garden. When her dad gives her a new basketball of her own, she hits the neighborhood courts, full of confidence. Once there, her enthusiasm ebbs as her shots fall short of the basket-at least at first. Allie's story of self-determination is one that young athletes, both boys and girls, will recognize. Perfect for anyone who has experienced the ups and downs of practicing and playing hard, Allie's Basketball Dream is a spirited tribute to perseverance.

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 2nd / 3rd Grade Recommendations

Salt in His Shoes

Michael Jordan: The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he’d never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That’s when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion—patience, determination, and hard work.

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Basketball Belles

Witness the birth of women's basketball in this illustrated introduction from renowned nonfiction author Sue Macy. Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. But she soon exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball—and in April 1896, she made history. In a heart-pounding game against the University of California at Berkeley, Agnes led her team to victory in the first-ever inter-collegiate women's basketball game, earning national attention and putting women's basketball on the map.

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4th / 5th Grade Recommendations

Hoop Genius

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all.

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Ladies of the Court

From early stars like Lisa Leslie and Cynthia Cooper to today's hotshots like Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings. Ladies of the Court covers the best of the best in women's basketball. The breakthrough plays that shook the basketball world are documented in the Ladies of the Court Book. The Ladies of the Court book is a tribute to these remarkable women's speed, strength, and style. There seems to be little known about female basketball legends, but if you are keen to learn more, this Ladies of the Court book is perfect for you

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See your classroom teacher to enter this month’s challenge!