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With the NCAA tournament getting into full swing, basketball frenzy is truly upon us. Whether or not one enjoys playing or watching the sport, the history and culture of the game has had an impact on the fabric of American life. Take a time out from the TV and check out one of these basketball-themed books from your Milwaukee Public Library.

Recommended by Milwaukee Public Library children's librarians Karli Pederson and Alice Richards.

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imaginationby Christopher Myers (Ages 5 & up)

Two boys meet on the local basketball court where a simple game of H.O.R.S.E. turns into a raucous game of more creative and wilder, maybe even impossible, shots to win.

Little Shaqby Shaquille O'Neal; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III (Ages 6-8)

Little Shaq and his cousin Barry need some money, fast! Are they a team in business like they are in basketball? Find out in the first book of a new series.

Basketball's Greatest Playersby S.A. Kramer (Ages 6-9)

This beginning reader features fun facts about eleven basketball greats including Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Sure to be a crowd pleaser!

From Leather to Basketball Shoesby Robin Nelson (Ages 7-10)

Follow a sneaker's journey from factory to shoe store. Each stop is depicted in colorful photographs and excellent vocabulary words, supplemented by a glossary and additional information.

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Gameby John Coy; illustrated by Randy DuBurke (Ages 7-11)

Two basketball teams of different races, prohibited from competing formally, face each other in a secret game brought to life by realistic illustrations. Witness the future of basketball!

Game Time, Mallory!by Laurie Friedman; illustrated by Jennifer Kalis (Ages 8-10)

Mallory finds herself on a team without friends and she isn't even playing well. Can she turn this season around?

Side-by-Side Basketball Stars: Comparing Pro Basketball's Greatest Playersby Christopher Forest (Ages 8 & up)

Using key statistics and appealing graphics, readers can explore match ups between super star players of different eras.

The Story of the Milwaukee Bucksby Shane Frederick (Ages 8 & up)

This slim volume, packed with information, provides a detailed history of the team's ups and downs, complete with color photos; special attention paid to stand-out players and coaches.

Fast Breakby Mike Lupica (Ages 10-14)

Jayson fends for himself after his mother's death in this story of basketball, family and friendship. When he's taken away from everything he's ever known, can he still succeed?

For more great book ideas, visit metroparentmagazine.com/books.

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