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Top Skateboarding Books for All Ages!

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Skateboarding is a lifestyle and culture with many celebrated books! At Skate The Foundry, we love to read. Our facility features a large collection of books and magazines to browse, supporting our mission to educate and empower through reading and skating.

Below is a list of books in our facility (starred) and others we recommend, including titles by pro skateboarders like Karl Watson, Rodney Mullen, and Tony Hawk.

Note: These books are available on Amazon, and using our affiliate links helps us create valuable content. While we encourage supporting local skate shops, these books are typically not found there, making our links the best way to bring them home.

Goodnight Skateboard (Sports Illustrated Kids Bedtime Books)
Author: Michael Dahl
Illustrator: Leo Aquino
Good For Age Group: 3-6 years
Description: A charming bedtime story that follows a skateboarder’s day from start to finish. It’s a great way to wind down with your little skater after a day of riding.
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐ My First Skateboard by Karl Watson
Author: Karl Watson
Illustrator: Henry Jones
Good For Age Group: 4-8 years
Description: Written by professional skateboarder Karl Watson, this beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to the joys of skateboarding. It’s a perfect first book for kids just getting into the world of skateboarding. This is one of my personal picks when it comes to skateboarding children’s books. 
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐ There Goes Patti McGee!: The Story of the First Women’s National Skateboard Champion(A STF Favorite)
Author: Tootie Nienow
Illustrator: Erika Medina
Good For Age Group: 6-9 years
Description: This biography tells the inspiring story of Patti McGee, the first women’s national skateboard champion. It’s a fantastic read for young girls interested in skateboarding and its history.
A Skateboard Cat-astrophe (Hardy Boys Clue Book)
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
Illustrator: Matt David
Good For Age Group: 6-9 years
Description: Part of the Hardy Boys Clue Book series, this adventure has the young detectives solving a skateboard-related mystery. Perfect for young readers who love action and problem-solving. A cat and a skateboard on a book count me in!
Kenny’s Skateboard by Ryan O’Donnell and Courtney O’Donnell
Authors: Ryan O’Donnell, Courtney O’Donnell
Good For Age Group: 6-10 years
Description: This engaging story follows Kenny as he learns to skateboard and overcomes challenges along the way. It’s an encouraging read for any child learning new skills.
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐ Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two
Author: Karen English
Illustrator: Laura Freeman
Good For Age Group: 7-10 years
Description: This book is part of the Carver Chronicles series and follows the story of Richard, a young boy who loves skateboarding. It’s a tale of friendship, family, and pursuing one’s passions.
The Skateboard Nudge by Tom Krauser
Authors: Tom Krauser, Jeremy Wray
Good For Age Group: 8-12 years
Description: This motivational book teaches kids about the power of perseverance through skateboarding. It’s an inspiring must-read for young skaters. Being a fan of Jeremy Wray growing up, I was thrilled to see him as one of the authors of this book. I’m definitely grabbing a copy soon!
Skateboard Breakdown (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels)
Author: Eric Fein
Illustrator: Gerardo Sandoval
Good For Age Group: 8-12 years
Description: This graphic novel combines exciting skateboarding action with a gripping storyline, making it a hit with young readers who love comics and skateboarding.
Skateboard Save (Jake Maddox Sports Stories)
Author: Jake Maddox
Illustrator: Sean Tiffany
Good For Age Group: 8-12 years
Description: Part of the Jake Maddox series, this story follows a young skateboarder who must save his skate park. It’s a thrilling read that highlights teamwork and determination.
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐
Shredders: Girls Who Skate by Sierra Prescott
Author: Sierra Prescott
Good For Age Group: 8-14 years
Description: Celebrating female skateboarders, this book features stunning photography and inspiring stories of girls who are breaking barriers in the skateboarding world.
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐ Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony Hawk
Author: Tony Hawk
Good For Age Group: 10-14 years
Description: Tony Hawk, one of the world’s most famous skateboarders, details his rise from a young skater to a professional athlete in this inspiring book. Filled with captivating stories, it’s a must-read for longtime fans and aspiring skateboarders alike.
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐
Skate the World: Photographing One World of Skateboarding
Photographer: Jonathan Mehring
Good For Age Group: 10+ years
Description: This stunning photo book captures the global culture of skateboarding through the lens of renowned photographer Jonathan Mehring. It’s an artistic tribute to the sport and its community. National Geographic + Skateboarding = Art
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐
The Skateboard Art of Jim Phillips
Author: Jim Phillips
Good For Age Group:  12+ years
Description: A vibrant collection showcases the iconic artwork of Jim Phillips. Phillips has created some of the most recognizable skateboard graphics in the industry. You’ve likely encountered his art before, whether on a skateboard deck or a shirt. Now it’s all compiled into a book. Amazing!
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐ The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself by Rodney Mullen
Authors: Rodney Mullen, Sean Mortimer
Good For Age Group: 13+ years (Some curse words)
Description: Rodney Mullen, the godfather of street skating, offers insights into his life and career. This book is both a biography and a guide, packed with tips on skateboarding and life lessons. I have read this personally and found Rodney’s message very inspiring, as the book chronicles his journey from penniless skateboarder to one of the best skateboarders in the whole world.
Later Skater: The Ultimate Guide to Learning Skateboarding Later in Life
Authors: Marko Kosta, Brian DiNonno
Good For Age Group: 14+ years
Description: This guide, aimed at older readers, provides invaluable tips for skateboarding beginners of any age. It’s never too late to start – a personal recommendation that I’ve shared with friends who began skateboarding later in life especially for teenagers who are just starting in their mid teens.
Mark Gonzales by Mark Gonzales

Authors: Mark Gonzales, Sem Rubio
Good For Age Group: 14+ years
Description: This book celebrates the life and career of Mark Gonzales, one of skateboarding’s most influential figures. It’s a fantastic coffee table book for any skateboarding fan.  Teenagers and adults will always find Gonz content, whether videos or books, to be entertaining.
⭐ A STF Favorite ⭐ ’93 til: A Photographic Journey Through Skateboarding in the 1990s
Author: Pete Thompson
Good For Age Group: 14+
Description: A visually rich chronicle capturing the essence and evolution of skateboarding culture throughout the 1990s.

Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story, a bedtime read, or a practical guide, these books offer something for every skateboarder. Happy reading and be more inspired to skateboard with these amazing books.