Let's live your children's passion through words! Below is a selection of over 50 hockey books for kids, organized by age from toddler to 12 years old.
Note: considering the low number of books where the main character is a girl hockey player, I have gather them into their own section rather than include them in each age section.
Note - if you are looking for hockey books for late teen / adults, head to this other article.
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Ice hockey books for toddlers
Let's start with toddlers. Below are a few books for them with great illustrations to discover the world of ice hockey.
Let's Play Hockey (Chunky Lift-a-flap Book)
by Ginger Swift and Cottage Door Press
A great introduction to Hockey for babies and toddlers: practice words from the world of hockey, count the number of players, watch the fan cheering. This lift-a-flap book is a great first hockey book.
by Matt Napier
Colorful illustrations and rhyming riddles will help you share your hockey passion with your toddler, discovering the basic elements of the game such as: 'Round and black--do you know its name? You need this disk to play the game." Answer: Puck.'
First Hockey Words
by Per-Henrik Gürth
A great picture book for young hockey fans. Your kid will follow a group of animals who play a game of hockey, allowing your child to learn some hockey terms: from simple (team, net, shot...) to more complex (,face-off, penalty...).
My first book of hockey
by the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
With graphics, action photography and simple texts, this book introduces the basics of hockey to the youngest fans. The reader will follow a rookie as he discover the rules and tactics: the three-game period, power plays...
Hockey books for kids around 3 - 7
Below are some great short stories to learn about hockey or follow the adventure or unlikely hockey players.
Lot's of fun for the kids and the parents helping to read them! They make great ice hockey gifts for kids (see all my other hockey gift ideas).
by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott
Follow one of the most exciting hockey matches in prehistory: the Meat-eaters against the Veggisaurs. Join the fans and follow the actions of the T.Rex, the triceratops, the pterodactyl twins and the Raptor. Fun for the family!
The magic hockey stick
by Peter Maloney and Maloney Zekauskas
Inspired by a real story, this book follows a little girl whose parents win Wayne Gretzky's hockey stick at an auction. As she plays with it, she becomes a great player. But the great Gretzky seems to need this magic stick more than her...
My granny loves hockey
by Lori Weber
As a child , Granny used to watch the boys play hockey on the lake. She has always dreamed of playing herself. Her doctor says she should take it easy but with her granddaughter she knows that what she needs is a change to take a shot.
One hockey night
by David Ward and Brian Deines
This book follows Owen and Holly who have just moved to Nova Scotia and are missing the frozen lake and their friends back in Saskatchewan. Christmas is only a few days away and their parents have a big surprise in stock for them!
The Big Game
by Gilles Tibo
Everyone is giving hockey advice to Nicholas: his parents, his coach, the spectators, his sister...His team can't decide who to listen to. He must create his own strategy to win the championship game.
Children's books about hockey - age 6 to 9
Let's start with some stories to help children learn and improve their reading: with passionate characters, the reader will learn more about following a passion and the sport of hockey.
There are no figure eights in hockey
by Chris Kreie
Josh is a champion figure skater who is looking for a new challenge. He decides to try hockey since he is already a good skater. But he soon discovers that there is more than skating to playing hockey. No more figure eights.
The hockey sweater
by Roch Carrier
For all the kids in the village Sainte Justine, number 9 hockey legend Maurice is their hero. When Roch, outgrows his Montreal Canadiens Sweater, his mother orders a new one but hey receive one from the rival Toronto Maple leafs. How will the other kids at the rink react?
The Zach & Zoe Mysteries: the hockey rink hunt
by Mike Lupica
It is more a mystery book than a hockey book. However it takes place at the rink: twins Zach and Zoe join their dad at the Boston Bruins hockey practice. But one o the hockey players has lost his lucky necklace. Will they find it in time for the Stanly Cup final game?
Learning the sport
And a book with explanation about the hockey sports for those willing to become experts!
Book about ice hockey - age 8 to 12
Let's start with novels where the main character is a hockey player. Follow along with stories about courage, determination and team work.
Simon dreams of being a star hockey player. He only thinks about that throughout the day. So the family moves to Edgewater for him to join an elite team. Training is hard. Balance with school and family is difficult. Can he find a way to do it all?
Books about the techniques and history of hockey for kids
Next are books that are not stories but information about the strategies, equipment, rules and history of the game. For those passionate about the game.
by Keltie Thomas
A fun introduction to the history of hockey with humorous drawings and photographs. It covers the stories of the most famous players, the rules that changed the game, strange anecdotes about the sport...
Hockey: Then to WOW!
by the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
In this book, discover how the hockey sport has evolved from the beginning of the 19th century to the rules of today. Travel through time and learn about the evolution of rules, strategies, equipment, players...
Want to watch a hockey movie or documentary? Check out my list of the 35 best ones.
Hockey books with Girl heroins
I am so glad to have found some children's books about hockey where the main character is a girl. I hope more stories are to come. But below is a list to get you started.
6 to 9 years old
The highest number in the World
by Roy MacGregor and Geneviève Després
Gabe is only 9 year old and she is te youngest player in her team.She is known for a special move called 'The gabe'. Her hero is Hayley Wickenheiser, and she is excited to share the same lucky number: 22. But her coach hands her number 9. Can her grandmother show her that 9 is also a great number and that she should not give up hockey?
by Sam Lawrence and Ben Jackson
Millie and Cameron grew up together. They are best friends and they used to play on the same team.
But the team was split into boys and girls and they have to face-off in a match to see who has the best hockey team in Dakota...
Kate's really good at Hockey
by Christina M. Frey and Howard Shapiro
Kate is going to hockey camp for elite hockey players. She is excited to skate against some of the best players from around the world. But a few changes to the plan make the summer less perfect than anticipated. How will she live her Grandma's lack of interest for hockey, her tough coach, the 2 girls attacking her and the huge family secret?
Pink laces and Pony tails
by Rob Haswell
Nila loves hockey. She plays with her friend at the outdoor rink, but when the boys are here, they take over the ice and don't let the girl play. So, she challenges them to a game... but she does not have a team yet! Can she put together one in win in just a couple of weeks?
by Jake Maddox
Kyla's first year of high school has not started as planned. Despite her skills, she was not recruited into the varsity team and is playing with JV. But mid-season there may be an opening. She just have to prove to coach, and face her old rival, and deal with her parents divorce... How will she handle the pressure?
by Nathalie Hyde
Tara play stofball. And the boys have challenged them to start a hockey team. The bet: the team who finished lowest in its division will wear cheerleading outfits to the other team's games.
But the community only has eyes to the boy's team. And they can barely get ice time. How will they succeed?
Hockey notebooks for kids
For the kids already playing ice hockey, below are notebooks to journal their practice and write down their progress.
And below are exemples you can personalize with the name of the hockey player:
Hockey colouring books
And to finish, if your kid likes coloring, below are some great books related to hockey:
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