Sunday, February 5, 2012


With the super bowl today, people everywhere are pairing up and taking sides Patriots vs.the Giants.*
There is something about competition that my boys love.Competition is not confined to a sports competition. It is a part of our daily lives. They race to the table and yell, "I win." They compete with getting seatbelts and shoes on. In fact, my two year old has very few phrases, but one that he can say clearly is, "I win!"
If you have a competitive kid, you can find some fun match ups in kid lit.  Here are two of our favorites

 Shark Vs. Train by by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld . In this story, two boys are playing with a toy shark and a toy train. The book takes us into their imaginations where they try to determine a winner in a variety of situations. In the end, there isn't a clear winner. You should be prepared for the conversation to continue after reading. My three year old always says the shark won in the book. He has a million supportive reasons for his argument!

 Dinosaur Vs. The Library by Bob Shea. This is a great book for the competitive child who is also loud and maybe rambunctious. Someone I know loves this book...

There are several of the Dinosaur Vs. books by Bob Shea. Dinosaur Vs. the potty, Dinosaur vs. bedtime. But the library version has become a favorite in our house!

Certainly, competition in children's literature is not limited to these types of books. Traditional tales like The Tortoise and the Hare** are based around the competitive nature of two characters. Books like the Harry Potter Series deal with the good vs. evil theme, also found in a lot of kid lit. Helping a kid find a book where they fight for the character they love is a great way to get kids reading. It also can lead to wonderful writing extensions!
** Thanks to Kate at Adventures in Parenting for contributing to this post with her amazing knowledge of sports (yes, I had to ask on FB who is playing in the super bowl).. and also for helping me brainstorm for this post!
Can you think of any books that bring out competition? 

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  1. I read a book called The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine (all moms with boys -- or husbands, for that matter!! -- should read it!!) which talked about how young boys go through a period of intense interest in competition. It was very interesting -- and enlightening! I always tell moms of boys to read the book -- it made me feel so much better to be "in the know". :)

  2. Those sound like such great books! I love the idea of a train and a shark racing... I wonder how the author came up with that!