Lucy Tries Basketball

Lucy and friends are out on the playground when they spot Ava playing basketball with her cousin Jermaine, a professional player. Jermaine calls the kids over for a lesson on the fundamentals of the game and to play three-on-three When the kids finish, Jermaine invites them to watch him play in a pro game. Lucy, Ava and friends cheer on Jermaine and his teammates, keeping an eye out on the real court for the skills they learned at the playground.


Lisa Bowes developed her stories around the HIGH FIVE principles of healthy child development needed for quality programs, including the support of a caring adult, the opportunity to participate, to play, to make friends and to master skills.

Also available, Lucy Tries Luge, Lucy Tries Short Track, Lucy Tries Soccer and Lucy Tries Hockey.

French Edition




Lucy joue au basketball


Lucy's basketball fun, simultaneously published in French! Learn more.

Awards, Reviews and Endorsements

"Lisa Bowes takes it straight to the hoop with another delightful story about Lucy and her friends taking up a new sport. If you listen you can hear their sneakers squeaking." —Michael Grange, basketball analyst and columnist for Sportsnet

"Lucy Tries Basketball is a colorful and informative book that showcases inclusion and diversity. It is a fun introduction to the sport and will engage readers." —Marni Abbott-Peter, former premier wheelchair basketball player, three-time Paralympic gold medalist and Wheelchair Basketball Canada-certified coach

"Lucy Tries Basketball is a unique and effective way of connecting with children and introducing them to the many benefits of trying sport." —Matt Young, founder of the Quality Coach Collective

"Lucy Tries Basketball helps us understand the many important reasons why everyone can and should be active." —David Legg, PhD , chair and professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University

"It's a slam dunk." Kirkus Reviews

"Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!" —Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO at CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

"Lucy is a great role model for young children! In Lucy Tries Basketball she models how to live an active lifestyle and the importance of play. Lucy promotes the value of teamwork and social skills." —Glen Young, MEd, educational-change and healthy-living consultant

"The peppy, supportive approach and general overview may pique interest and encourage learning about and playing the sport." Booklist

"Informative and inspiring...Lucy Tries Basketball teaches kids of all ages how important it is to get—and stay—active." —Eric Smith, television and Sportsnet Radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors

"Sports is all about having fun and making friends while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Lucy Tries Sports series encapsulates the power of sports, adds emphasis to the importance of inclusivity and does a fantastic job of encouraging youth to get involved, while also keeping books in their hands. Lucy Tries Basketball is another great instalment in the effort to spread the joy of sport!" —Christina Buttenham, guard, McMaster Marauders, 2019 U Sports Women’s Basketball champions



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