Ready, Kids? The Winter Games Are Here!

As the world’s fastest, fittest, and most fearless athletes prepare to compete in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’ve put together a few gold-medal items to thrill the future Olympians in your life.

Become an expert on all things sporty with Everything Sports, a colorful kids guide to everything from archery to zip-lining. (Need to understand just what the heck curling is? It’s in here.) Get fun facts, rules and reqs, and info about training and practice—just in time to impress your friends with your Olympic know-how.

Need even more sports trivia? Weird But True: Sports is packed with an Olympiad’s worth of wacky facts, stats, and stories to add to your arsenal. Did you know the first female U.S. Olympic champion competed against her own mother? And that the Olympic torch has been to space? There are 298 more bits of cool info where that came from.

Why couldn’t the hockey player listen to music? Because he broke the record. Ba-dum-tssh! Be the first on your block to crack your friends up when Just Joking: Sports comes out in March. Pre-order now for 300 knock-knock jokes, tongue twisters, and much more.

The Winter Olympics don’t have all the fun. The Summer Games have swimming, track and field, gymnastics, and … badminton? Swifter, Higher, Stronger is a photographic history of the Summer Olympics, with more than a hundred pictures that tell the triumphant, tragic, and sometimes scandalous history of the Games. There’s also a map of Olympic sites, a chart of record setters, fast facts on each Olympiad, and much more.

Where exactly is PyeongChang? Find it on the Korean Peninsula Classic Map, one of the most authoritative maps of the Koreas. This edition clearly portrays North and South Korea and uses the latest system for transcribing South Korean place-names from the Korean alphabet. It also delineates the latest administrative divisions of both countries along with the July 27, 1953, Military Demarcation Line—the historic demarcation line between the two Koreas.

Faster with a pencil than on the track? Write your own Olympic story with Funny Fill-In: My Gold Medal Adventure. This hilarious activity book puts you right in the middle of the Summer Games action—gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and much more. There are more than 20 stories to fill in, plus full-color art and photos and lots of wacky facts.

To look forward (or backward) from PyeongChang, give the Bancroft Black-and-White Globe a spin. Find the site of the next Summer Olympics (Tokyo in 2020) and the next Winter Games (Beijing in 2022), then look for the site of the very first modern Olympics (Athens, 1896). This striking, modern globe will get kids interested in geography.

 

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OLYMPIC TRIVIA

  • Speed skating is thefastest human powered, non-mechanical aided sport in the world. Skaters can reach speeds of more than 37.3 miles an hour!
  • Participants in the ancient Olympics had to be male, of Greek origin and freeborn. No women, foreigners, or slaves were allowed. Oh, and they competed naked.
  • Norway has won the most Winter Games medals—a total of 329 up until the 2018 Games. The U.S. is second with 282.
  • To brake in the individual luge competition, athletes have to sit up and grab the sled’s blades—after speeding 16.2 miles per hour down an icy chute.
  • Curling has been an official Winter Olympic sport since 1998.
  • The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924, when the Winter Games took place in Chamonix, France.
  • German chancellor Adolf Hitler opened the 1936 Winter Games, held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
  • Skijoring, a demonstration sport in 1928, is a race in which skiers hang on to the reins of a horse (or dog) and get pulled along over the ice and snow.