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Created by celebrated sports journalist Lisa Bowes, the Lucy Tries Sports series aims to promote inclusive physical literacy and encourage young readers to get involved in sports. Endorsed by elite athletes, the series focuses on participation and the importance of play. The books follow Lucy and her friends as they learn introductory skills in a variety of exciting sports, guided by coaches and teachers. Lucy's eagerness to try new things will inspire all children to get outside and play.

English Editions

Coming Fall 2018

Coming Fall 2019

French Editions



Reviews and Endorsements


'Lisa Bowes engaged our students with an entertaining and inspiring presentation with the Lucy books. They were so "hooked" by Lisa's stories! Lisa's message about physical activity, good sportsmanship and reading were so meaningful and I know she left a mark on our students...they are still talking about her weeks later. FD Roosevelt LOVES LUCY and LISA!' —Lisa Waub, Librarian, F.D. Roosevelt Public School, London, ON



"Lucy is an awesome role model for kids at any age! She demonstrates the value of getting involved in sports and how teamwork and good coaching can positively affect childhood and beyond." —Christine Sinclair, Captain of the Canadian National Soccer team and Olympic medalist

"Lucy knows that sport is for everyone—including those with disabilities. Lucy also shows us what it is to be inclusive, creative and the value in trying new things. The world needs more Lucy!" —David Legg, Ph.D. , Chair & Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University



"The Lucy Tries Sports series is an engaging and fun way to teach young children about sports. And we all know that if girls in particular have strong role models they're more likely to succeed. Lucy is exactly that!" —Hayley Wickenheiser, Five-Time Olympic Medalist

"Early exposure to positive role models and sporting encounters are vital to helping kids become engage in sport and active living. The Lucy Tries Sports series provides fun, vivid examples of positive sport experiences while reinforcing messages central to healthy child development." —Dr. Karen MacNeill, Sport Psychologist



"This timely series helps promote the value of physical literacy and sport participation. "Lucy" truly reinforces ParticipACTION Canada's vision: To create a nation where physical activity is a vital part of everyday life." —Doug Mitchell, Past Chair, ParticipACTION Board of Directors

"The Lucy Tries Sports series teaches how sport is about fun and and healthy competition. They also introduce various different sports to young kids and hopefully inspire them to stay active and healthy. I love that my kids can read the series in English and French. These books are a must for the entire family." —Catriona Le May Doan, OC and two time Olympic Speed Skating Champion



"Lucy rocks! She's a great inspiration for any kid to get out and play." —James Duthie, TSN commentator and author

"I am happy to support the positive messaging of participation, physical activity and kindness within the Lucy Tries Sports series. I had the privelege to read to my daughter's school this year and very much enjoyed the joy in the students' faces in sharing the determination and spirit of Lucy." —Brian Torrance, Director of Ever Active Schools


Meet Lisa Bowes

Lisa Bowes has been recognized across Canada for her work as a sports reporter, live host, anchor, play-by-play announcer and producer. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for best writing in an information program or series.

At the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Lisa was CTV’s host/reporter for women’s hockey.

Lisa Bowes

Meet James Hearne

James Hearne lives in Calgary, Alberta, and specializes in app, magazine and book illustration. For more information, visit



Help Lucy find her favorite sports terms in a word search, solve a long-vowel crossword puzzle, match letters and sounds, navigate a short track maze and give Lucy a colorful outfit.



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