Basketball Belles

Bibliographic Information: Macy, S. (2011). Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map. New York: Holiday House.

Brief Annotation: This book recounts the first ever women’s collegiate basketball game in 1896 through the eyes of one of the players, Agnes Morley.

Genre: History

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Children who like sports and competition; children who like basketball; children who like history.

Rating/Response: 3.5 I liked the way this book recounted the first women’s collegiate basketball game through the eyes of one of the players, so it gives readers a different perspective than just reading about the event in a history book. The illustrations are great as well and put the story into the setting of 1896.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you know about the history of women in sports?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great read aloud for a social studies unit on women’s rights and women in sports, leading into much discussion on women history in the U.S. It would be helpful first to do some background information before reading the text so that children aren’t confused about the time period in this story’s setting.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

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