Wilma Rulolph was born in 1940, the 19th of 22 children. At the age of five, she contracted polio, which twisted her legs and brought her spunky spirit to an abrupt halt. But Wilma was determined. Not only did she eventually abandon her heavy metal brace, she went on to become a star player on her high school basketball team AND she won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics for track events. This book brings me to tears every time I read it, and I'll be surprised if it doesn't do the same for you.
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman was written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz and published by HMH Books for Young Readers.