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When sports writers talk about “The Babe,” they may not mean the baseball great, Babe Ruth. There was another Babe, and she was not only an amazing athlete, she was a remarkable woman. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of those people who had gifts that went beyond one aspect of life and that’s what makes her such an interesting person to get to know.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1911, Babe grew up at a time when there were few girls participating in organized sports.  She loved competition, however, and never shied away from playing against the boys, even asking to play on the high school football team, which was forbidden.  She became an excellent basketball player, and worked for a company that sponsored a team that competed nationally.

From basketball she turned to track, distinguishing herself with two gold and one silver medals at the 1932 Olympics.  One would think that was enough for any lifetime, but Babe went on to conquer the world of professional golf, also, becoming the first female athlete to earn more than a million dollars. 

Everything she did she did to the fullest, even fighting back against the cancer that attacked her at her prime.  If you want to read about someone who paved the way for women in sports while having the time of her life, grab this book!  This is another “Babe” that everyone should get to know.

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Recommended by Miss Sharon

Award Winning Books - Here you will find links to Newbery Award-winning books, Caldecott Award-winning books, Coretta Scott King Award-winning books, and Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award winners.

William Allen White Nominees & Award Winners - Here you will find the most recent William Allen White award nominees, as well as a link to previous years' winners.

Picture Book Finder - Find picture books on different popular topics.

Staff Picks - These are some books recommended by our Children's staff.  Included are some of the newer titles at the Olathe Public Library.

Kid Picks - These books are some of the favorites of other children like yourself.  Kids have submitted reviews of books which they think are worth reading.  Do you have a book you'd like to recommend?  Then submit a review of your own!  We'll post it on our website for others to see.

Storytime Books - Here you can find lists of books used in our preschool storytimes.

TumbleBooks - The library now provides access to this online collection of animated, talking picture books for children through the State Library of Kansas.