I just read Crazy About Basketball by Loris Lesynski. It is a wonderful collection of basketball poems! Some are about practicing, some about fueling up for a game, some about how it was invented, etc. There are fun facts scattered throughout the book along with amusing illustrations. I can imagine teachers using the poems to discuss comparative and superlative adjectives, verbs, rhyme, even nutrition. The class could write their own poems about a favorite sport and create a class book or have a poetry slam and perform their poems for an audience (maybe even dressed in their sports uniforms). Kids will read it just because they love basketball and the book captures the fun of the game. After all, Fairview did have an undefeated boys' team in the 2011 season - we know our basketball. :-)
The author has a website where you can find out more about her books.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley but the book arrived in stores on July 4, 2013.