These basketball books are a slam dunk

NBA All-Star Game

Full-court fever is indigenous to North Carolina, but it’s especially strong this winter as we welcome the NBA All-Star Game to our Hive Feb. 15 through Feb. 17. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can help you prepare to cheer on Kemba Walker as he represents your hometown Hornets with books that cover everything from the history and rules of the game to today’s hottest hoopsters. Check out RBDigital for access to back issues of Slam, and the latest player news in ESPN the Magazine. And teens, join us at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center on Feb. 7 for our NBA Jam Tournament!

Here’s a jam-packed list of All-Star materials to get you in the game.

For adults

Celebrating Carolina’s own

Picture books

Fiction and nonfiction for children

Young adult basketball-themed fiction

  • Chuck Bell’s upset about spending the summer with his grandparents but discovers a passion for basketball in Rebound by Kwame Alexander.
  • Hooper by Geoff Herboch is the story of a Polish orphan whose talent for basketball should be his ticket for success in the U.S., but social dynamics complicate his path.
  • Teens in Oakland, California, learn the benefits of dedication and teamwork in L.J. Alonge’s Blacktop series.
  • Two basketball players with tragic pasts, one African-American and one Irish-American, find friendship in Boy 21 by Matthew Quick.

And, finally, to answer the question that’s been gnawing at you since you began reading this blog post, yes, we do have Space Jam on DVD.

See you on the court and in the Library.

P.S. We’ve compiled all these resources into one comprehensive list so you can easily keep track of your basketball books.