Leave it to a kid to provide the inspiration for a sport called “snurfing.”
When Wendy Poppen was a young girl, she wanted to surf in a Minnesota snowstorm. Little did she know that her idea would eventually become an Olympic event: snowboarding. In Natalie Rompella’s “Famous Firsts,” kids can read about the evolution of wakeboarding, BMX, cheerleading and other American-born sports. The pages are packed with illustrations, photos, history and fun facts (some of the first skateboards were made from dresser drawers). Ages 9 and up, Lobster Press, $19.