Books About Seabiscuit for Children

 Peter V. Tamas is author of With Seabiscuit and War Admiral at The Race of the Century , published as an Apple iBook. The second edition will be released on December 15 and will be available via amazon.com and as an Apple iBook.

The second edition will also be released on amazon.com on December 15.

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Books About Seabiscuit for Children

Here are some good books about Seabiscuit for young readers. They make Seabiscuit's story accessible without talking down to their young audience.


By James Buckley, Jr.
Age range: 8 and up
Grade level: 2+
Length: 112 pages

Perhaps the best written of these good books for this age group. More text than the others in this list (other than Beckwith) and the illustrations are back and white drawings by Gregory Copeland. Part of an excellent series that is attracting a lot of readers.



Kat Shehata
Age Range: 9 and up 
Grade level: 2+
Hardcover: 32 pages

A clever telling of the Seabiscuit -War Admiral match race, including Seabiscuit's life up to the race. A particular interesting technique: a parallel description of the story of the race is along the bottom of the pictures like a ticker-tape. Jo Mcelwee's color illustrations capture the grittiness of horse racing. Includes glossary.



By Cathy East Dubrowski and Mark Dubrowski
Age range: 6-9
Grade level: 2-4
Length: 48 pages

Lots of excellent color illustrations by Michael Langham Rowe with a few period photographs.



Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Length: 112 pages

A fun telling with cute pictures of Seabiscuit's life through his match race with War Admiral. The sources at the end make a good bibliography for adults new to the topic, including references to articles from The New York Times and Time Magazine.



By Beckwith, B. K.

This should not be anyone's first book on Seabiscuit. However, it was Laura Hillenbrand's favorite book when she was young. That will make many big fans of Seabiscuit want to read this book. This book is also an interesting vignette of the 1940s. The wording and hyperbole reminds us of the newsreels of the period. This was written while Seabiscuit was alive and has quotes from many people who worked with him. A must-buy for young readers who fell in love with Seabiscuit after reading the other books mentioned here or for students of Thoroughbred history.

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