Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball, written by John Coy and illustrated by Joe Morse, was a nominee for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Hoop Genius introduces readers young and old to James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. This young teacher, eager to find a way to keep an energetic group of boys engaged (and injury-free), used a soccer ball and a couple of peach baskets to create a fun new game. This game would eventually be spread far and wide and become one of the most popular sports in the world, all thanks to one teacher who wanted to make his students happy.

This informative picture book is great for read-alouds, particularly in physical education classes introducing the sport of basketball. This book could encourage young readers to do further research on the origin of this sport (and others) and could even inspire them to create their own new games to play.

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