Kids Books About the Olympics

Find a list of the best kids books about the Olympics. These books are perfect for getting your little ones excited about the upcoming games!

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The History of the Olympics

The first Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BC. They were dedicated to Zeus, and were held every four years. The games were part of a religious festival that also included competitions in music and poetry. The winners of the events were awarded with olive wreaths.

The first Olympics

The first Olympics were in 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece. The games were part of a religious festival to honor the Greek god Zeus. The festival included many competitions such as foot races, boxing, wrestling, and chariot races. The events were held every four years and only young men who were citizens of Greece could compete.

The first written record of the Olympics is a poem by the Greek poet Pindar. He wrote about a footrace that was held in 448 B.C.. In his poem, he called the Olympics “the greatest contest of all.”

The first modern Olympics were in Athens, Greece in 1896. Like the ancient Olympics, the games were held every four years. But unlike the ancient Olympics, anyone could compete in the modern Olympics, not just citizens of Greece.

The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The Winter Olympics are held every four years like the Summer Olympics, but they are always held two years after the Summer Olympics.

The modern Olympics

The first modern Olympics were held in Greece in 1896. Athletes from 14 countries competed in 43 events. The games were such a success that they have been held every four years since, with the exception of the years during which World War I and World War II took place. The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be the first Olympics to be held in South America.

More than 200 countries are expected to send athletes to compete in Rio. That’s more than twice as many as competed in the first modern Olympics! The Games have become so large and popular that it’s hard to believe they started with just 43 events. Today, there are more than 300 events in 33 different sports.

During the Olympic Games, athletes from all over the world come together to compete. The spirit of the Olympics is about much more than winning or losing—it’s about taking part and showing respect for your fellow athletes.

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” This motto reminds us that even if we don’t win a medal, we can still strive to be our best selves—in sport and in life!

The Different Sports

The Olympics are a time when the world comes together to celebrate the best athletes from all over the globe. During the Olympics, there are a variety of different sports that are played. Some of the more popular sports are swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and figure skating. However, there are many other sports that are also part of the Olympics. These include fencing, skiing, biathlon, and curling.

Track and field

Track and field sports are athletic contests that involve running, jumping and throwing. The best known track and field event is the Olympic Games, which is held every four years.

There are two types of track and field events: sprints and middle-distance/long-distance races. Sprint races are short distances, such as the 100-meter dash, while middle-distance and long-distance races are run over longer distances, such as the 1,500-meter run or the marathon.

The most important track and field competition in the world is the Olympic Games. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896, and track and field has been on the program of every edition of the Games since then.


Swimming is a sport in which the athletes try to cover a certain distance in water, using any of the four main strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke. The main goal is to cover the distance as fast as possible.

There are different swimming events in the Olympics, including individual races and team relays. In Olympic competition, there are four different strokes that are used in swimming events: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke.

Freestyle is the fastest of the four strokes and is most often used in competitive racing. In freestyle races, swimmers can use any of the four main strokes. Breaststroke is a slower stroke that is often used for leisurely swimming. Butterfly stroke is a more difficult stroke that combines elements of both freestyle and breaststroke. Backstroke is generally considered to be the slowest of the four main strokes.


Gymnastics is a sport that includes physical exercises to perform acrobatic feats and stunts. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and an Olympic sport.

There are three main types of gymnastics: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline. Artistic gymnastics is the type of gymnastics that most people are familiar with, which includes Olympic events such as the floor exercise, vault, and rings. Rhythmic gymnastics involves the use of props such as balls, ribbons, and hoops, while trampoline focuses on jumps and flips on a trampoline.

Gymnastics is a great way to improve fitness and coordination, and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The Different Countries

The Olympics are a time when the world comes together to compete. It is also a time when children are exposed to different countries, their customs, and their athletes. Through children’s books, the Olympics provide an opportunity to learn about different cultures.

The United States

The United States of America, often called the USA or simply America, is a federal republic consisting of fifty states and a federal district. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The United States also has several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.


The XXIV Olympiad in Beijing, China was truly a spectacular event. China put on a very memorable show for the world to see.

China has a population of over 1.3 billion people and is the most populous country in the world. It is also the 4th largest country in the world by area.

China has a long and rich history. It is one of the cradles of civilization. The first recorded dynasty was the Xia Dynasty which began around 21st century BC.

Some of China’s major accomplishments include inventing paper, gunpowder, and the compass. They were also responsible for introducing tea to the world.

In recent years, China has become more involved in international affairs and has made great strides economically. They are now considered to be one of the major world powers.


Russia, formerly known as the Soviet Union, is the largest country in the world. It covers more than one-ninth of the Earth’s land surface, stretching from the Baltic Sea in Europe to the Pacific Ocean in Asia.

The country is very diverse, with more than 100 ethnic groups and nearly as many different languages spoken. The most common language is Russian, but there are also many people who speak Tatar, Ukrainian, Bashkir, and Chuvash.

Russia is a land of great contrast. In the west, there are fertile plains; in the east, there are mountains and forests; and in the south, there are temperate zones and deserts. The climate also varies from region to region. In Siberia, for example, it can be as cold as -60°F (-51°C)!

Because of its size and diversity, Russia has a rich history. For centuries, it was ruled by czars—emperors who had absolute power over their subjects. In 1917, however, Russia became a republic after a revolution that overthrew the czarism government.

The Different Athletes

It is hard to find a more anticipated event than the Olympics. For two weeks, the best athletes in the world representing their countries come together to compete. Some athletes are familiar because they compete in sports that are popular in the United States, while others come from countries that most Americans know little about. While the Olympics are a time to celebrate the athletes’ physical prowess, it is also a time to learn about the different cultures that these athletes come from. The following books about the Olympics are a great way to learn about the athletes, the countries they represent, and the sports they compete in.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps broke American swimmer Mark Spitz’s record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most decorated Olympian of the Games. As of 2016, he still holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals by a male athlete.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast. She is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist, as well as the balance beam bronze medalist. Biles was a member of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With her win in the all-around competition, Biles became the fourth American woman to win Olympic gold in the event, after Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Gabby Douglas. She also became the first American gymnast to ever win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who is considered to be the fastest person in the world. He has won nine Olympic gold medals and is the only sprinter to win gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay at three consecutive Olympics.

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