“Mario Chalmers’ ABCs of Basketball” is a fun and lively story about Lil’ Rio and his friends. Intended to inform and spark the interests of younger children, the book is also a great resource for older readers, and even parents, wanting to learn more about the game. It’s also the perfect book for parents and children to read together. The story teaches children the ABCs of Basketball in a colorful, entertaining way. Written by NBA star Mario Chalmers and his mother, Almarie, “Mario Chalmers’ ABCs of Basketball” features lively characters and illustrations by Emmanuel Everett. It will be the book you will want to read time and time again!
Throughout his basketball career, Mario Chalmers has achieved a tremendous level of success. As a high school phenom in Alaska, Chalmers was named one of the Top 12 players in the nation, which led him to a scholarship at the University of Kansas. At KU, Chalmers was a key member of the Jayhawks 2008 NCAA National Championship team, and in the title game, hit two now-legendary three-point shots. Chalmers then moved on to the NBA, where he has played nine seasons, and won back-to- back titles with the Miami Heat.
In “The ABCs of Basketball,” Mario Chalmers now showcases his skills as an author. This highly acclaimed children’s book was originally conceived by Chalmers when he was in middle school and dreamed of one day reaching the pinnacles of the sport. It now serves as the foundation for his success and will inspire young readers—regardless of their skill level on the court—to always believe in themselves, maintain a positive attitude, and work hard to achieve the loftiest of goals.
Fast paced, informative, and with a consistently positive message, “The ABCs of Basketball” is told through the voice of young “Rio” Chalmers, who knew that nothing in his life was out of reach. And he writes in these pages, “Dream big, think big, play big!” It’s a message that will inspire kids as well as adults.