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5-Minute Basketball Stories

by (author) Sarah Howden

illustrated by Nick Craine

Initial publish date
Oct 2018
General, Sports & Recreation, Basketball
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price

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Go courtside with the biggest stars and greatest games!

5-Minute Basketball Stories is an action-packed collection of twelve tales about today’s superstars, NBA legends, and the best basketball games of all time. From incredible game-winning dunks, to jaw-dropping world records, to edge-of-your-seat comebacks—each story is perfect for reading aloud in five minutes.

Ideal for young fans and future stars, 5-Minute Basketball Stories includes:

· Steph Curry overcoming doubts to score 17 points in five minutes of overtime

· Kevin Durant setting a Guinness World Record in India along with over 3,000 kids

· LeBron James clinching the NBA Championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time ever

· Steve Nash surprising opponents with his fast “seven seconds or less” playing style that changed basketball

· James Naismith using two peach baskets and a couple ladders to invent the world’s fastest-growing sport

· Michael Jordan making his legendary “Last Shot” in a must-win game for the Chicago Bulls

· Candace Parker picking up basketball at age 13 to become the best WNBA player of all time

· The US Dream Team of the world’s best basketball players learning from a shocking loss to win Olympic Gold in 1992

Plus Yao Ming, Andrew Wiggins and Shaquille O’Neal and more…


About the authors

SARAH HOWDEN is the author of several books for children, including 5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls and Cone Cat. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter and their two rambunctious cats. 

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Nick Craine was born in Toronto in 1971 and is a critically acclaimed visual artist whose illustrations have appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many more. In 2008 he was chosen as one of six Canadians included in the TASCHEN international anthology Illustration Now, a sampling of 150 of the world’s best illustrators. He is a much sought-after conceptual illustrator and adapted Bruce McDonald’s films Dance Me Outside and Hard Core Logo into graphic novels; the latter was nominated for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Artist category.

In his other life, Craine is the founding member of Black Cabbage and has appeared on over twenty recordings as a vocalist, including on his own solo albums, November Moon and Songs Like Tattoos. In the 1990s he directed music videos between Guelph and Nashville, including Feist’s “It’s Cool to Love Your Family.”

Craine lives in Guelph with his wife, Sandy, and their son, Michael. He uses Staedtler art supplies and Arches papers.

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