Shange, Ntozake, and Edel Rodriguez. Muhammad Ali, the Man Who Could Float Like a Butterfly and Sting Like a Bee. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, 2002
I like boxing movies, too. So many of them are tearjerkers--The Champ, Million Dollar Baby, etc.
"I just give lip service to being the greatest. He [Joe Louis] was the greatest." -Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight champion Joe Louis was born on this day in 1914. Here are two excellent books about the trailblazer:
Peña, Matt , and Kadir Nelson. A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. New York: Dial Books for young readers, 2011.
Adler, David A, and Terry Widener. Joe Louis: America's Fighter. Orlando: Gulliver Books, 2005.
It's a bit dated, but I remember really liking this novel for teens:
Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender. New York: Harper & Row, 1967.