The Jurassic Era Returns! Books & DVDs to Celebrate the Raptors & NBA Playoffs

April 19, 2022 | Melanie L.

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It's happening, sports fans! Despite the naysayers, the Raptors are in the playoffs. I have to say, I'm not surprised. Even without any big names like Kawhi or Kyle, this team is phenomenal.

I don't know about you, but as a parent, I would like to request that we don't face any west coast teams. The games go so late, and you know the kids will want to stay up to watch. (Let's go Memphis?)

We adults may not have grown up with the Raptors, but there's no denying their influence on kids. So in honour of the playoffs, let's share with them all things Raptors and NBA with these titles.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors by Jim Gigliotti

The Raptors are one of the newest teams in the NBA. Read all about their history, and more.


Toronto Raptors All Time Greats

Toronto Raptors All-Time Greats by Brendan Flynn

Is Kyle Lowry the GROAT (Greatest Raptor of All Time)? Read this and decide for yourself. I can’t wait for the updated version in a few years, which will surely include the likes of Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes.


2019 NBA Champions

2019 NBA Champions: Toronto Raptors (DVD)

If reliving the glory of 2019 doesn’t get you in the mood for playoff basketball, nothing will.


Rappy the Raptor

Rappy the Raptor by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Tim Bowers

Okay, this is a joke, but this book about a raptor who raps is too cute to resist! 


NBA and WNBA Finals

NBA and WNBA Finals: Basketball’s Biggest Playoffs by Matt Scheff

Read about some of the most exciting moments in finals history, including when Kawhi sealed the deal for the Raps in 2019. I just love that it gives the WNBA equal coverage because women can ball, too.


5-Minute Basketball Stories

5-Minute Basketball Stories by Sarah Howden; Illustrated by Nick Craine

Did you know that when Kevin Durant was a kid, he dreamed of playing for the Raptors just like his idol, Vince Carter? It’s not too late, Kevin! Each of these true stories can be read in about 5 minutes, perfect for a post-game read-aloud.


Hoop Genius

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy, illustrated by Joe Morse

Discover how a Canadian gym teacher invented the game of basketball in 1891. For another interesting book about basketball history, check out Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association.


We Are Family

We Are Family by LeBron James and Andrea Williams

Superstar baller and children’s author, what can’t LeBron James do? This middle-grade novel is the perfect antidote for any of the King's fans who may be missing their favourite player this post-season.



The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

Older kids who enjoy graphic novels will love this version of Alexander's popular novel-in-verse about twin basketball stars.


Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (DVD)

This is another joke! No seriously, I saw this as a kid and it was very scary. Let's just stick to basketball.


So, do you think they can do it again? Let's hear your playoff predictions in the comments. Just remember not to stay up too late, and Go Raptors!