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3rd Grade Reader Challenge for Hockey Books

Hockey Books for 3rd Grade Boys

I’m continuing my search for books that my 3rd grade reluctant reader friend who likes funny will read. He’s a very sporty kid but his mom says his favorite sport is hockey and she hasn’t had luck finding any books on this sport. There are plenty of baseball and basketball books, and he plays those sports and more, but she thinks that if I can find hockey, he’ll read them happily. This is part of the reading strategies we’re coming up with. I’m excited to get him reading so I searched and found these hockey chapter books including early chapter books, fiction, non-fiction and biography.

The book he picked from the last list is Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet by Kirk Scroggs. His mom says it’s a read together book but that it’s going well. After this, she’s going to try hockey books. We’ll keep you posted on what he likes. What about you? Are you facing a pull-your-hair-out reluctant reader challenge? I’d love to help! Just tell me what books your child liked and any interests and I’d love to find you some books.

There were a few in the popular Matt Christopher sports series.

Cool as Ice, Matt Christopher Sports Series

Chris, who is small for his age, is picked to be on an all-star hockey team where he overcomes prejudice and develops strong friendships.

Ice Magic, Matt Christopher Sports Series

Wingman on Ice, Matt Christopher Sports Classics

The Hockey MachineMatt Christopher Sports Classics

Penalty ShotMatt Christopher Sports Classics

Body CheckMatt Christopher Sports Classics

And two biographies as well!

On the Ice with … Mario Lemieux, Matt Christopher Biographies

On the Ice with … Wayne GretzkyMatt Christopher Biographies

If Matt Christopher is not his cup of tea, there is the Slapshot Series by Gordon Korman

Ice Time: the Story of Hockey by Michael McKinley

Hockey is breathtakingly fast and fascinating. Ice Time: The Story of Hockey (Temps de glace: l’histoire du hockey) traces the sport from its hotly contested origins to the present day’s first-ever lockout of players by the one remaining league. It covers the sport’s surge in popularity after 1875, when it moved to inside rinks; the rise and fall, and rise again, of women’s hockey; the sagas of long-lost leagues, such as the Pacific Coast Hockey Association; and more recently the World Hockey Association. Through its lavishly illustrated pages skate the players, the coaches, and the almost forgotten legends who are the reason why we love the game.

Three Screech Owls Hockey Adventures by Roy MacGregor

This is a series about a boys’ hockey team with a mystery twist. Here’s an example:

Power Play in Washington: The Screech Owls are in Washington, D.C., for the International Goodwill Peewee Championship – and Nish is about to become a “news flash” seen round the world! Literally. Because the craziest Owl ever has a brand-new plan: to streak the White House.

His way into the White House, he believes, is through the Screech Owls’ new friend, who not only plays centre for the Washington Wall, but just happens to be the son of the U.S. president!

It is a hockey tournament with a difference: secret-service agents, sniffer dogs, metal detectors, worldwide media attention – and the most cunning political assassination plan in modern history.

When the Owls head for a “normal” kids’ day out with their new friend, the president’s son, they have no idea they are about to get involved in a dangerous international power play, with murder the real game plan of their opponents. [ages 9 and up]

Sidney Crosby (Amazing Athletes) by Jeff Savage

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been dominating the ice for most of his life. He learned to skate when he was three, and by age seven, his talent had captured the attention of newspaper reporters. In 2005, he was the number one pick in the NHL draft. Since then he has broken multiple scoring records in the pro league. Called the best in the league by his peers and fans, Sidney knows there’s more to success than just skill. As captain for the Penguins, Sidney has to work hard and be a good leader. Learn more about the incredible life of one of the NHL’s best players. [ages 7 and up]

The Chicken Doesn’t Skate by Gordon Korm

What do a scientist, a screenwriter, and a hockey team all have in common?
A chicken!

Milo has a problem. He’s trying to do a project on the food chain, so he charts the growth of a baby chick, and makes arrangements to serve his specimen to the judges at the science fair. But he’s baffled by the rest of his class. They name the chick Henrietta. They sign up to take her home on weekends. They claim that she’s a good luck charm, a friend, even the new hockey team mascot!

Milo just wants to win the science fair to impress his dad. But when the class finds out that Henrietta will be cooked and eaten for Milo’s project, everyone panics! [grades 4-6]

All Star Pride (Orca Sports) by Sigmund Brouwer

This looks more like YA to me, but might be great for a few years from now if hockey is still his passion.

Next I consulted library lists. This one is from Skokie.

Wolfbay Wings (series) by Bruce Brooks
A series full of hockey action and surprise endings that will the reader hungry for the next book.

Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks (Bailey School Kids series) by Debbie Dadey
Paperback BBailey City is filled with some unusual grown-ups, but could the new hockey coach actually be Frankenstein?

Tough Loser by Barthe DeClements
Mike is a terrific hockey player on a horrible team, but if he can’t stop being a tough loser, he might just lose his place on the team.

Iceman by Chris Lynch
Eric is one of his team’s best players, fast and dangerous, but could he be too violent for hockey?

The Hockey Mystery (Boxcar Children series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
When a famous hockey player comes to town to open his own rink, the Boxcar Children must discover who is trying to stop his plans!

World’s Strangest Hockey Stories by Bart Rockwell

This non-fiction book is filled with unusual and funny stories, from the time a fan threw a squid at the referee to the time the Montreal Canadiens left the Stanley Cup on the side of the road.

Reader Recommendations

Thank you to my Twitter friend who suggested this one:

The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. You have found all the books I would recommend for an ice hockey guy! 🙂

    Other than that, I would recommend reading the book with the child. Maybe take turns reading out loud and then ask questions. Questions to clarify, make connections, visualize & predict. Then when you put the book down and come back to it another day, summarize before you begin to read again. These are the reading strategies that all good readers use and others must use to learn to be better readers. How do I know? I have been teaching this for about 18 years now. 🙂

    Good Luck!
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    • To Lisa,
      Thank you so much! I will share your advice to the mom. I know that she does share reading with him but she has 4 kids and her husband travels a lot for work so sometimes it’s not feasible. Thank you so much for your reading advice! So helpful!!!

  2. Ann

    My husband has been talking about writing a book titled “Patrick’s Hat-trick” for years; will let you know when he gets around to it ; )

    • To Ann,
      It would be a bit hit especially in the Northeast where the kids play hockey like crazy but the KidLit is not as extensive as baseball or other sports! Tell him to get moving on this next best seller!!!

  3. Interesting! That Gordon Korman book is sure to be well done.
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  4. Tracy96

    I do buy books less often than I did 5 years ago but I do still buy them. I purchase books about once a month or so; in the past I purchased on average 4 a month. I do buy on average one Kindle book a month and one Audible book a month and I read more online. I agree that there will continue to be a demand for regular books for aesthetic and convenience reasons, but the demand will remain less than in the past.
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    • To Tracy96,
      I buy way more books for my kids to keep them reading than for myself. One mom had a good rule of thumb; she’d buy only a book that her child checked out of the library 5 times.

  5. Caroline Akervik


    I saw your post regarding hockey book suggestions for a third grade boy who likes hockey. I am an elementary school librarian and the author of a Christmas story for middle grade readers in which the main character is a hockey player. It is entitled Calvin the Cookie Maker. I hope you will consider reviewing it and adding it to your list.

    Thank you.
    Author of A Horse Named Viking, White Pine: : My Year as a Lumberjack and a River Rat, and Calvin the Cookie Maker

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