Are you ready for the London 2012 Olympics?

Can you believe it’s only 9 days until the London 2012 Olympics?! If you’re an Olympic fanatic (like I am) you may be interested in these five books that give insight into athlete’s lives, the games itself, or just have a fun Olympic theme to them:

1. Superbodies by Greg Wells

Based on the wildly popular segments broadcast during the Vancouver Olympics, Superbodies explores how genetics and DNA, the brain, muscles, lungs, heart and blood work together in extreme conditions. Here, Dr. Wells explains how the bodies of elite athletes work, and how their training techniques can help you too.

2. Through Time: Olympics by Richard Platt

Here’s a great resource for kids looking to learn more about the history and evolution of the Olympic Games. This book comes packed with information about the different hosts, the social, cultural and political events surrounding the games, and all the sporting highlights and record-breaking moments.

3.A Mother for All Seasons by Debbie Phelps

It was very exciting to watch Michael Phelps break all kinds of records at the 2008 Olympics. Will he do it again this year? Find out more about Michael in this touching memoir from his mother, Debbie. Here, Debbie reflects on raising a successful athlete and what it’s like to be a single mother.

4. Gold Rush by Michael Johnson

Here’s an exciting look at Olympic athletes, by Michael Johnson, iconic four-time Olympic champion. Here, Johnson uses exclusive interviews and stories from more than a dozen legendary Olympic athletes to show what it takes to be an Olympian. For a full list of the athletes featured in the book click here.

5. Danny Baker’s Silly Olympics: The Wibbly Wobbly Jelly Belly Flop – 100% Unofficial! by Steve Hartley

This is a fun one for kids! Here, Danny Baker and his friends create their own version of the Olympics with events like Custard Pie Flinging! (We don’t want to give your kids any ideas, but, it does sound like a lot of fun!)

And, just for fun, here are five books that tell you a bit more about the wonderful city of London!

1. Londoners by Craig Taylor

This book is a celebration of a wonderful, vibrant city and all the people who call London home. It features real stories from a diverse group of London citizens, including the voice of the London Underground, a West End rickshaw driver, an East End nightclub doorperson, a mounted soldier of the Queen’s Life Guard at Buckingham Palace, and a couple who fell in love at the Tower of London—and now live there.

2. I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

Attention chick lit fans! Lindsey Kelk’s fabulous heroine Angela Clark is back and this time she’s headed back to her homeland to deal with an ex-boyfriend, a best friend’s new baby, and an overprotective mom.

3. Johnson’s Life of London by Boris Johnson

Here, the current mayor London gives a fascinating look at the people who made London the amazing city it is today. It’s a celebration of the city and it’s citizens, from centuries ago to modern day.

4. London Unfurled by Matteo Pericoli

This gorgeous gift book ‘unfurls’ to reveal two 25-foot-long accordion-style drawings of the city’s north and south banks. This book is perfect for fans of London’s architecture.

5. Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

This funny new novel from Danny Wallace will take you on a ‘scavenger hunt for love’ down the streets of London and down Charlotte Street in particular.

There you go: five books to help you get ready for the 2012 Olympics and five books that take you through the streets of the host city, London.

Happy Reading!

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