Hoop Genius
Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something new, exciting, and fast to keep the class happy...or someone's going to get hurt. His only resources are a gymnasium, a couple peach baskets, some soccer balls, and his imagination. Saving this class is going to take a genius. Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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  • Constance
    Feb 18, 2017


    Excellent little story about Naismith and fun to use for March Madness intro. Great author notes and bibliography. I especially love the illustrations since you can talk about the artist rendering of large hands with basketball. I use it with 6th graders as a foundation to explain how ...

  • Megan
    Feb 18, 2017


    This was an interesting and entertaining book based on the true history of basketball. Colorful illustrations depict physical education in the late 1800's. A fantastic biography for children. ...

  • Shelli
    Dec 31, 2016


    A fantastically illustrated true story of how one determined man and a class of rowdy high school boys worked together to create a new game: basketball. Even if you are not into sports, which I am not, this is a fascinating quick read that all ages will enjoy. ...

  • Lauren
    Dec 9, 2016


    Love this book! It may be just because I love basketball, but I enjoy incorporating a true story in a fun way. The illustrations made the information given by this book come to life. ...

  • Raelynn Mills
    Dec 5, 2016

    Raelynn Mills

    This book goes in depth about how the sport of basketball came about. It has beautiful illustrations and descriptions about how James Naismith took over a gym class and did his best to make the class as fun and successful as he could, by creating a new game for the children to play. Th...

  • James Kellogg
    Dec 5, 2016

    James Kellogg

    Hoop genius is a book that uses simple language and vibrant illustrations to tell the true story of the origin of basketball. This story encourages creativity and shows that impactful things can come from situations that may seem negative at the time. This would be a good book for read...

  • Jill
    Sep 19, 2016


    I read this to a group of 5-12 year olds this summer and they LOVED it ...

  • Linda
    Apr 6, 2016


    When I was in high school a long time ago we had to study the rules, the history and how to play every sport. This included basketball, and I loved basketball! That's why, after so many years, I still remember the story of James Naismith and how/why he invented the game of basketball. ...

  • Disa
    Feb 29, 2016


    A Monarch Award Winner among many other awardsIn 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts, a very hesitant James Naismith is unsure of his future as a Gym Teacher due to the very rowdy gym class he was asked to teach. Two teachers before him couldn't handle the job so it was up t...

  • Sharon Dillon
    Nov 1, 2015

    Sharon Dillon

    Week 8 Historical Fiction Picture BookThe story takes place in 1891 about a teacher, James Naismith, took over a rowdy gym class that no one wanted to teach. To get the students attention, he tried football (too rough), indoor soccer (too rough), lacrosse (too rough) and nothing seemed...