Ice skating

As a kid, I loved to ice skate.  I would plead with my parents to give us “5 more minutes” when they picked us up from the rink, even though I knew I couldn’t feel my toes!  When I got home, the tingling hurt so much but the pain was really worth it.  Even as an adult I love to skate, especially with my daughter and, yes, she skates until she can’t feel her toes!

Whether you are a skater or prefer the “warmhouse”, here are some titles you should check out.


Sophie Skates by Rachel Isadora. This is a story about a young girl who loves to skate.  The delicate watercolor illustrations take you through her young life as she learns about the clothing, the skates, the different positions and moves and the dedication that it takes to compete.


Callie Cat, Ice Skater by Eileen Spinelli.  Callie loves to ice skate, loves it more than chocolate cake, even more than going to the mall.  However, when she finds out about a local contest, she realizes that doing something you love is its own reward.


Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery by David Adler.  Cam is at it again solving mysteries!  This time she’s at the ice skating rink where Eric has lost the key to their locker.  Will her photographic memory help them find it?  Read this and find out.


Figure Skating for Fun! by Jen Jones.  Did you know that figure skater Michelle Kwan always wears a gold dragon necklace for good luck?  You’ll find facts, history and more in this informative text about the figure skating world.


Snowden by Nancy Carlson.  Kelly seems to be the only one at the rink who can’t skate.  But when the snowman she builds magically comes to life, skating takes on a whole new meaning in this special friendship story.


Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge.  This classic childhood favorite has brother and sister, Hans and Gretel, focusing on two things–finding the doctor who can help their father and winning the competition for the silver skates.  This family’s determination through hard work, high hopes and courage lead them to happiness and success.  You’ll be on the edge of your seat until the finish line in this heart-pounding race!

About Kathy

Senior Librarian, Children's Dept, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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3 Responses to Ice skating

  1. Becca says:

    I’m sorry to admit, I’ve never read Hans Brinker. I’ve always meant to, though. I think this is my New Year’s Resolution — Read Hans Brinker! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  2. Patte says:

    I read Hans Brinker many, many years ago. It inspired me to ask for ice skates for Christmas. Santa came through.

  3. Kathy says:

    I love how this blog generates interest in so many wonderful things the library has to offer.

    And, did I tell you that I went ice skating last week during that spring-like weather and saw folks (mostly kids) in short sleeves and tank tops?!? It’s by far the first time I’ve skated without a coat, 2 pairs of socks, long underwear and a third shirt!

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