Discover the life of Simone Biles—a story about going for the gold for kids ages 6 to 9
Simone Biles has been called the greatest gymnast of all time, winning five Olympic and 25 World Champion medals by age 22. Before she wowed the world with her incredible gymnastics skills, Simone was an energetic young girl who dreamed of becoming a top gymnast. She trained for hours every day and made many sacrifices to pursue her goals. Explore how Simone Biles went from being a kid growing up in Texas to an Olympic athlete who has won more gymnastics medals than anyone in history.
The Story of Simone Biles includes:
A fun quiz—Test your knowledge of Simone’s life with a short quiz that covers the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of her story.
Word definitions—Explore a helpful glossary with some of the more advanced words and ideas in this beautifully illustrated book about Simone Biles.
Lasting change—See how Simone’s accomplishments helped open doors for female athletes across the world.
How will Simone’s hard work and determination inspire you?
About the Author
RACHELLE BURK is a retired social worker who writes fiction and non-fiction for readers ages 3 to 13. Her previous books include The Story of Simone Biles and Tap: My First Book of Dance. Rachelle also entertains children as Tickles the Clown and Mother Goof Storyteller. Learn more at Rachelle Burk.com.
“An entertaining and informative introduction to an Olympic champion. Biles' hard work, dedication, and perseverance to her gymnastics career are highlighted and provide an inspiring story for young girls. A perfect addition to classroom sports biographies for young readers.” —Darlene Beck Jacobson, Children's Book Author
“As a reading specialist, I look for rich literature that will appeal to my students at the elementary level. This book is filled with a robust vocabulary and has wonderful text features like "myth and fact," a timeline, and even a family tree. Rachelle has shared such personal details about Simone's life that students will be interested in turning the page to read more. All these features will help each and every reader engage with this biography.” —Linda Lyon, Reading Specialist
“Reading the biography reminded me of my time in competitive gymnastics. I also talked to myself to remain calm and have fun. I was reminded of how wonderful I felt after competing and pushing myself to do better next time. I love the positive energy and honesty of the story even around some rather tough topics of ‘family’ and ADHD. It was refreshing to know that Simone was allowed to make her own decisions about her career. I feel it is powerful for children to know they can make their own decisions.” —Kathy Coressel, Senior Regulatory Manager, 13 years in gymnastics
“For any youngster bold enough to dream, The Story of Simone Biles shows that hard work and determination can lift up even those from humble beginnings to golden moments. Although the path was never easy, Simone overcame obstacles and setbacks to become the greatest gymnast of all time. She also proudly carried her nation’s flag on the world’s biggest stage. Her journey, as told in rich detail by Rachelle Burk, inspires the child in all of us to set goals and keep trying even if everyone else says it’s impossible.” —Robert Dvorchak, Retired Journalist and Sports Writer