June 2, 2014
The origins of basketball
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
by John Coy
illustrations by Joe Morse
Bold, dynamic illustrations and a minimum of words tell the story of how basketball was invented. Naismith's students were indeed an energetic group, as evidenced by the pictures of their increasingly serious injuries. The details lends a touch of humour to the proceedings. Naismith's original basketball rules form the endpages of this kinetic picture book.
Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map
by Sue Macy
illustrated by Matt Collins
Agnes Morley is a guard on Stanford University's women's basketball team. She describes a game against a stronger team from Berkeley. The action is excitingly captured by illustrator Matt Collins. End notes and a timeline provide more background information about women's basketball.