World cup fever: Get in the spirit with the best football books for kids

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 27-May-14 17:30:24

We're gearing up for Brazil 2014 and have put together a roundup of our favourite football fiction for kids. Have a look at our list and if we've missed off your favourites, please add them to this thread.

paulmullinsauthor Tue 27-May-14 22:03:16

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Leeds2 Wed 28-May-14 18:52:53

Tom Palmer also does a series called Football Academy, as well as the book referred to in the MNHQ round up.

I think a new Billy Bonkers book has just been released too, in anticipation of the World Cup.

simpson Fri 30-May-14 21:53:58

DS (8) is currently reading the Jamie Johnson series. I think the first book is called "Kick Off" he is loving them grin

trabie Mon 02-Jun-14 17:07:00

Jonny Zucker's Striker Boy and Striker Boy Kicks Out. Seriously good reads!!

brendarenda Tue 03-Jun-14 09:19:39

My kids really liked Eeek! The Runaway Alien by Karen Inglis. It's about a football mad alien who runs away from space to be with 11-year-old Charlie during the World Cup.

LondonSuperTrooper Wed 04-Jun-14 09:34:08

My 7 years old DS is a confident reader (ORT - Limes) . Are any of these books suitable for him?

Thanks.

globalsleepover Tue 10-Jun-14 17:22:30

Hello there! I'm with The Global Sleepover, a children's story series about global adventures for ages 4-8.

We're very happy to share with you our new children's picture book story for ages 4-8 called "Sleepover at the World Cup in Brazil!" (http://globalsleepover.com/sleepover-world-cup-brazil/) We'd be happy to give away a few promo codes or complimentary copies to your readers.

The story is available in hard copy, as an animated version on the iPad, iBooks, Nook and Kindle. Also in Spanish and English.

iPad version: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soccer-or-football-sleepover/id876641058?ls=1&mt=8)

A fully-illustrated 27-page story, it showcases cultural diversity, a new friend in Brazil and the importance of sports and community building. The iPad version has ​live audio to text highlights and other reading assistance tools​. The story ​also ​contains fun samba music, a map game, flag identification game and a soccer (or football) game where kids can score goals! ​ Fun facts about Brazil and soccer, a glossary and real pictures of Brazil are embedded in the story and f ree downloadable Teacher and Parent’s Guides with comprehension questions, country fact sheet, activities and more are available on our website.

I'd be happy to share more with you! Please do get in touch with me. We have World Cup fever! smile

All the best,
Geeta
graj@globalsleepover.com

More info:
27-page fully- illustrated and narrated interactive storybook.
Text highlight with narration for early readers.
“Read to Me With Highlights,” “Read By Myself,” or “Read to Me Without Highlights.”
Aimed at ages 4-8 and designed after traditional picture books.
Contains fun samba music, a map game, flag identification game and a soccer (or football) game.
Fun facts about Brazil and soccer, a glossary and real pictures of Brazil are embedded in the storybook app.
Free downloadable Teacher and Parent’s Guides with comprehension questions, country fact sheet, activities and more are available.
No in-app purchase or ads.
User-friendly interface for young children.
Meets National Common Core Standards (U.S.)
Meets International Baccalaureate (IB) Standards
Where We Are in Place and Time, Brazil, Sportsmanship, Friendship, Appreciation, Curiosity, Tolerance, Open-mindedness
Matches the “Global” IB Primary Years Programme component by introducing children to soccer and the country and culture of Brazil on a child’s level.
The story and fun facts will available June 2014 on iBooks, Nook, Kindle in English and Spanish.
"Sleepover in Antarctica," our prototype storybook app, is available for free here or (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sleepover-in-antarctica/id763862367?mt=8).

How did I not know about the Simon Bartram book! shock Have to have that.

However, the Dino FC books from Usborne are great fun, suitable for age 7+, or probably from about 4+ for able readers.
www.usborne.com/catalogue/series/1~570/dino-fc.aspx

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