This book is more than just a collection of athlete biographies. It stresses the individual's childhood influences broken down in chapter titles of "It's Not Easy Being a Kid","Family Matters" and "Practice Makes Perfect" making the young reader aware of personal and social problems which can be overcome. Excellent illustrations on each page make this book kid friendly. Very pleasing to see an almost equal representation of male and female athletes currently active along with notable retired or deceased athletes. I highly recommend this book for children, especially for parents to use as a read along at night as each athlete's section is an appropriate length and can lead to good discussions. I received a copy for review through Booklikes.