11 Books to Read if you LOVE Gymnastics this World Book Day


This World Book Day, your child can flip through the pages into a world of gymnastics with these inspiring books! From Olympic champions' memoirs to enchanting tales of courage and friendship, there's something here to spark the imagination of gymnastics enthusiasts of all ages.

1. Becoming an Olympic Gymnast by Beth Tweddle

Reading Age: 10-12 years

Ever wondered what it takes to become one of Britain's greatest gymnasts? Join our very own Beth Tweddle on her exhilarating journey from winning gold at the World Championships to achieving an MBE. Get ready to be inspired as she gears up for the Olympics!

2. Trailblazers: Simone Biles by Sally J. Morgan

Reading Age: 8-10 years

Dive into the extraordinary life of Simone Biles, from her humble beginnings to becoming a superstar athlete with four Olympic gold medals. Packed with fascinating facts and lively illustrations, this biography is a must-read for aspiring gymnasts.

3. I'm a Gymnast! by Sue Fliess

Reading Age: 2-5 years

Introduce your little ones to the world of gymnastics with this delightful rhyming book. Follow along as a young girl discovers her love for gymnastics and embarks on an exciting journey filled with cartwheels, headstands, and rhythmic gymnastics.

4. Gemma the Gymnastic Fairy (Rainbow Magic) by Daisy Meadows

Reading Age: 6-8 years

Join Rachel and Kirsty as they race against time to save the Fairy Olympics from the clutches of Jack Frost and his mischievous goblins. Will they retrieve the stolen magic sporty items and restore balance to both Fairyland and the human Olympics?



5. Winner Takes Gold by Eloise Smith

Reading Age: 10-13 years

Follow young gymnast Pearl as she pursues her dream of winning gold in Paris, facing challenges, rivalries, and tough decisions along the way. Packed with action, friendship, and courage, this gripping tale is a must-read for tweens.

6. The Big Cheese: The Food Group by Jory John

Reading Age: 4-8 years

In this hilarious picture book, join the Big Cheese as he competes in the Cheese-cathlon, only to be outshone by the quiet newcomer, Wedge Wedgeman. A slice of humility teaches the Big Cheese an important lesson about sportsmanship and teamwork.

7. Third Time's a Charm by Kate Foster

Reading Age: 10-11 years

Cheer for Billie, a gymnast with an amazing memory who loves to compete with her friends as she overcomes anxiety and sensory sensitivities. Now on her third attempt, Billie is determined to succeed!

8. My Book Of Gymnastics by DK

Reading Age: 7-9 years

Meet gymnastic superstars like Simone Biles and Max Whitlock in this informative sports book. With stunning photos and step-by-step illustrations, learn about different gymnastics disciplines, training techniques, and the thrill of competition.




9. The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics by Elfi Schlegel and Claire Dunn

Reading Age: 7-11 years

Perfect for beginners, this comprehensive guide to artistic gymnastics features expert advice and stunning full-colour photographs. Featuring interviews and advice from gymnastics greats!

10. Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going: 10 ways to be at the top of your game! by Clare Balding

Reading Age: 9-11 years

TV presenter and sportswoman Clare Balding shares her personal insights on overcoming mistakes and embracing failure in this empowering book. Perfect for children learning the value of resilience and perseverance in sports and in life.

11. Gym Stars Book Series by Jane Lawes with Foreword by Beth Tweddle

Reading Age: 8 - 11 years

Cartwheel into this sparkling new series about the exciting, energetic, and inspirational world of gymnastics! Join Tara for fun, friendship and backflips galore, as she explores her passion for gymnastics. With a foreword by our very own Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, this series is perfect for young readers eager to dive into the thrilling world of gymnastics.



From the gripping tales of triumph over adversity to the practical insights into training and technique, each book offers a unique perspective on the sport, reminding us that with dedication, passion, and a little bit of courage, anything is possible. This World Book Day, curl up with one of these books and ignite your passion for gymnastics!


At Beth Tweddle Gymnastics, we offer exciting classes for all ages and abilities! Our highly trained coaches are here to support your young gymnast every step of the way through fun, engaging, and active classes.

If you’re interested in finding out more, why not try us out for free at one of our taster sessions? With plenty of classes across a variety of times and locations, you’ll find the perfect class to suit your schedule.