Books for the Summer Olympics

By Kaitlyn Spotts | July 22 2021 | GeneralHealth, Sports, Games, and CraftsHigh SchoolMiddle School

The Summer Olympic Games, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event typically held once every four years. The Games were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and were most recently held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After a yearlong postponement, the 2021 Summer Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo and begin this month. Get in the Olympic spirit with these great summer books and inspirational reads!

Explore our full collection of Summer Olympics sports titles here.

The Naked Olympics
The True Story of the Ancient Games
"The Naked Olympics presents the Greeks in all their glory, brutality, and vulgarity. It is a fascinating picture and popular history at its best."
$18.00 US
Jun 08, 2004
256 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

The Young Champion's Mind
How to Think, Train, and Thrive Like an Elite Athlete
The ultimate guide for student athletes to train, play, and feel their best, from an expert in sports psychology.
$19.99 US
Mar 13, 2018
224 Pages
Rodale Kids

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics (The Sports Beat, 6)
A fresh cover look and series title for bestselling author John Feinstein's middle grade sports mysteries. Here's The Sports Beat's scoop on the Olympic Games.
$10.99 US
May 14, 2013
336 Pages

Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer hits a home run with her newest protagonist, who always sees the positive side of any situation.
$9.99 US
Jan 03, 2017
320 Pages
Puffin Books

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
$19.00 US
Jul 29, 2014
528 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks