The Heart of the Storm: A Biography of Sue Bird (Growing to Greatness)

by Sharon Mentyka (Author) Ellen Rooney (Illustrator)

The Heart of the Storm: A Biography of Sue Bird (Growing to Greatness)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

This picture book biography of accomplished and celebrated basketball player and activist Sue Bird follows her journey from an energetic yet shy young girl to one of the most versatile and inspirational athletes of our time and a leader whose legacy extends off the court.

Sue Bird is a professional basketball athlete who has played for the Seattle Storm WNBA team her entire career. The Heart of the Storm captures her story, beginning with her childhood in New York, where she discovers her love of basketball, through the challenges she faced honing her skills as a team player and vocal leader. As a shy young girl, Sue set her sights on competing at the highest level. This is the story of how she accomplished her dreams and grew to become one of the dominant WNBA players of all time.

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Sharon Mentyka
SHARON MENTYKA is a children's writer and teacher whose stories grow from small kernels of truth and explore common themes: fairness, transitions, and the complicated path to finding your own voice. Her middle-grade novel Chasing at the Surface was named the 2016 children's winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. She is the author of Think Smart, Be Fearless: A Biography of Bill Gates.

ELLEN ROONEY is an illustrator, designer, and artist from the state of Massachusetts, who currently lives in the southern Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. She loves graphic shapes, collage, printmaking, painting, drawing outdoors, and finding new ways to create texture and color. She is the illustrator of Her Fearless Run, Dusk Explorers, Grandmother School, and other books for children.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little Bigfoot
Publication date
March 20, 2022
Growing to Greatness
BISAC categories
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF054020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Basketball
Library of Congress categories
United States
Women basketball players
Women's National Basketball Association
Bird, Sue
Seattle Storm (Basketball team)

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