Football Crazy! May 21, 2018 – Posted in: Book News

With the World Cup in full swing, it’s time to go Football Crazy! Get  your little ones reading during the tournament with fiction and non-fiction titles about the beautiful game.  From fact files, quiz books, and World Cup histories to brilliant football fiction, there’s a football book for all ages!

Kicking a Ball

For anyone who can’t see a ball without wanting to kick it, head it, shoot it, or boot it!  A wonderful rhyming story to read aloud, Kicking A Ball will not disappoint fans of Allan Ahlberg. First written as a poem, the little boy in the story has been brought to life perfectly by artist Sebastien Braun. Every parent will be able to immediately relate to the simple joy felt by a boy simply kicking a ball, and how there is nothing else quite like it. Best for 4+

Football Star

When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a football star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won’t have to work long hours, and he won’t have to work all day on a fishing boat. For now, Paulo takes care of his little sister Maria, walking her to school and stopping to give his team-mates cheese buns as they set out to shine people’s shoes or perform for the tourist crowd.  But when Jose falls on his wrist, will the team finally break the rules and let a girl play? Set in a country whose football stars are often shaped by poverty, this uplifting picture book of transcending the expected scores a big win for all! Best for 5+

Atlas of Football

Football is enjoyed in every nation of the world by millions and millions of different people. This unbelievable round-the-world adventure is a celebration of football that will take you through all of the planet’s continents.  Discover fascinating facts and stats – from record-breaking goals to famous football mascots – and learn about the funny and extraordinary moments that make football such a beautiful game.  The illustrated maps feature key aspects, such as borders, capital cities and major rivers, combined with amazing football facts! Best for 7+

Frankie vs The Pirate Pillagers

Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game. But when they win an old football at a carnival, they’re going to be transported to a magical world of football they never knew existed! Can Frankie and his team beat the Pirate Pillagers and make their way home? A fun and easy to read story by Chelsea Football Club’s all-time leading goal scorer, Frank Lampard. Best for 7+

Match! World Cup 2018 Diary

The Match! World Cup 2018 Diary lets you record every game of your World Cup 2018 journey. Make your World Cup predictions and pick your World Cup dream team. Record every match – write in the team line-ups, use stickers to record each goal, card and win. Fill in the match stats, write a match report, choose your star player and rate the match. Fill in the results table for each group. Follow your team’s progress through the championship. Record the best moments, greatest goals and top players. Featuring over 500 hundred stickers, this fun football diary from the makers of Match! magazine is the perfect gift for young footy fans! Best for 7+

2018 FIFA World Cup Fact File

This in-depth guide for young readers contains everything they need to become true 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia experts. There are team and star-player profiles, complemented by outstanding big-match photographs, as well as a results chart to fill in after each match. Illustrated with over 120 amazing images, all 32 teams are featured together with profiles of 36 star players who will light up the tournament, including Thomas Müller, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and many more. Best for 8+

Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book

Test your football knowledge with over 300 funny and fascinating questions about international games.  How much do you know about the World Cup – and the world? Test yourself and your friends with over 300 brain-busting questions from Football School. Why are England called the Three Lions? What is Lionel Messi’s creepy-crawly nickname? Which World Cup player wore a wig? Discover the answers to these questions and much, much more! Best for 8+

Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

My name is Megan Fawcett and this is the story of how I set up the best football team in the world. Get ready for kick-off!” Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her (even wearing a tiara!), but nothing seems to do the trick. Then Megan has her big brainwave: she could start her own team. An all-girls team! Now she just needs a pitch, a coach – oh, and ten other players…  Best for 8+

Charlie Merrick’s Misfits in Fouls, Friends, and Football

Charlie loves football. He watches it, memorizes facts about it, and he’s even the captain of the local youth team, North Star Galaxy.  When Charlie discovers that youth teams are being selected to play in exhibition matches at the World Cup tournament later that year he decides to enter North Star. There’s one problem. He’s got to prove that North Star deserve a place at the tournament and that’s not easy when your team are kind of rubbish at football! This book takes the form of Charlie’s competition entry for his team to play a warm-up match at the World Cup – it’s crammed with hilarious doodles, true facts, and match reports. Best for 9+

Road to the World Cup (Ultimate Football Heroes)

In this special limited edition book, live the journeys of six football heroes as they begin down the road to World Cup glory. Learn how star players Harry Kane, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Manuel Neuer and Paul Pogba, stepped up for their national sides, and brought them through qualification – ready to go head to head for the 2018 World Cup!  Best for 9+

The Football Encyclopedia

The 2018 World Cup edition of The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia captures the triumph and despair of key moments in world football. Packed with pictures and profiles of the world’s most skilful footballers – old and new – from Beckham to Messi, Pelé to Ronaldo, Rooney to Neymar. Over 40 of the best international and national teams to have lit up the game are covered in detail, including Brazil, Manchester United, Barcelona and Spain.  Includes a pull-out WORLD CUP 2018 wallchart to fill in as the tournament progresses. Best for 9+

The Squad: Black Op

The Squad – kickass teenage spies with the perfect cover. They are also part of an England youth football team. Wherever trouble is kicking off, the Squad are sent in. They’re more than a match for any kind of enemy!  In this first book in the series the team are sent to Krakow in Poland to stop terrorists attacking the England football team. Best for 10+

Kick

Budi’s plan is simple. He’s going to be a star. Budi’s going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi’s world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn’t only Budi’s dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way. Best for 11+

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