Sportopedia: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Sport

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

From Volleyball to UFC, Darts to Formula 1 and Gymnastics to Table Tennis, there's something for everyone in this luxuriously large nonfiction compendium of all things sporty.

Split into nine useful sections - ball sports, combat sports, water sports, motor sports, and so on - each sport is outlined in fascinating variety, from kit to rules and pitch diagrams to interesting facts about the game. For instance, did you know that the Titanic had a squash court on board? Or that ballet tutus are forbidden in rhythmic gymnastics?

The book's beautiful, bright, child-friendly design features plenty of diverse representation; the design is clear and accessible but with plenty going on to interest casual readers or sports fanatics. Reading this will most likely introduce children to sports they've never heard of before as well as the familiar ones, including Kabaddi and Sumo Wrestling. There's also a section on the Paralympic Games as well as the Olympic Games.

It's great to see sport featured in the large, beautiful non-fiction hardback genre as it's such a huge part of many children's lives and tends to be rather under-represented in books for young readers.

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali

Author: Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Learn about African-American boxer Muhammad Ali in this accessible picture book biography for young children. This title builds on the inspiring Little People, Big Dreams series, which has expanded to include books about extraordinary men. 

Read more about Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali

Football School: Star Players

Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Illustrator: Spike Gerrell

Featuring 50 outstanding football players, this is a who’s who guide to the footballing world, from Eniola Aluko to Zinédine Zidane. Players included come from all around the world and from across the last century.

Read more about Football School: Star Players