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Tell us what book(s) got your children into reading - for a chance to win a football-themed goody bag worth £100

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SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 22-Nov-17 15:57:00

Football School is an innovative series from two bestselling writers that teaches children about the world through football - and reading!

The books are packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and tonnes of humour. When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more on subjects from history and geography to biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags, this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.

The coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. They believe that there’s nothing you can’t learn through the prism of football, and their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach kids how to score with their heads!

To celebrate the second book in the series, we're giving away a fantastic football-themed prize bundle - including Football School Season 1 and 2 and personalised items including a football from We Print Balls, a tabletop football game from Auntie Mims, and football wall stickers from Bright Blue Pig.

As the series is a great way to get the more reluctant of readers interested in books, for your chance to win the prize bundle worth £100, just tell us - what book(s) got your kids into reading, and why?

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This discussion is sponsored by Walker Books and will end on Wednesday 20 December

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Rosabellajames Thu 23-Nov-17 12:48:14

My kids have always loved reading but the rainbow magic series really encouraged my daughter to read independently for pleasure because they were full of magic and fairy’s. My son loves the dinosaur that pooped series because it’s funny and pretty disgusting! Independent reading he loves anything about football, match magazine, match attack cards, 100 facts about football - can you guess he’s football crazy!!

Pibplob Thu 23-Nov-17 13:15:42

My son loved the Frankie's magic football series. He loves football and it really got him into it. Now looking for more football books to keep his reading up!

georgedawes Thu 23-Nov-17 13:42:39

The Captain Underpants books really got my DD into reading, they're funny, gross and silly, which is right up her street! Really recommend them for reluctant or hesitant readers.

andywedge Thu 23-Nov-17 13:46:50

The books of Oliver Jeffers

Footofthestairs Thu 23-Nov-17 13:49:51

The Skylanders books have enthralled my son (6), for my daughter (9) it has been Beast Quest and Harry Potter most recently.

mrsdeedow Thu 23-Nov-17 13:56:31

Harry Potter got my kids into reading, it took a lot of years before they decided they liked books but now they can't put them down, they now love Tom Gates books, football ones and David Walliams

Forbz85 Thu 23-Nov-17 13:59:26

My kids love to read David Walliams books because they're so funny. They really keep them hooked

That1950sMum Thu 23-Nov-17 13:59:50

Julia Donaldson and Oliver Jeffers definitely taught my children to love books when they were little and David Walliams got them reading independently. My DD's love of reading was fuelled by Harry Potter, but my DS didn't see the point of reading them because he could watch the films!

Alexandra87 Thu 23-Nov-17 14:01:24

Tbh I don't think it was any particular book. From the day they came home from the hospital I've read them a bedtime story and we read together at other times too. They see me reading a lot. We visit the library regularly. Reading is a big part of this family. Teachers have commented that they love books from age 3 and both could read fluently before age 6. It's about reading attitudes not reading material. It is most definitely not something to be ticked off the daily homework list. Sums on the other hand......

amelia4levi Thu 23-Nov-17 14:05:43

Some classics i liked as a child! NooNoo's baby brother. & Elmo the patchwork elephant! they love them

glenka Thu 23-Nov-17 14:07:45

David walliams books are a favourite in our house because they are so funny and we like to read them together.

happysouls Thu 23-Nov-17 14:11:25

My son never got into reading! I have always loved books and bought so many for him as a child and read to him all the time! I don't think he has ever bothered to read a book to my sorrow! BUT I now have a grandson who is a complete book worm and would love these books!

sunshinewey Thu 23-Nov-17 14:11:34

It was the horrid henry books that got my son into reading, I think because of the originality and fun that they encompass ....

TracyKNixon Thu 23-Nov-17 14:16:59

Room on a Broom - my little one loved the theme, characters and rhyme!

southernsun Thu 23-Nov-17 14:26:11

Mr Men, they are short enough for a bedtime story and remind me of my Childhood, both our sons love them

LikeARedBalloon Thu 23-Nov-17 14:27:53

The tiger that came to tea 😊 Simple story but she loved the fact that the tiger ate everything! Owmp!

CMOTDibbler Thu 23-Nov-17 14:33:35

Ds could read perfectly well before, but it was BeastQuest that made him want to read and read, and turned reading from something he did because he had to (he loved me reading to him, or audiobooks but reading himself was seen as an effort) to his 'boy with his nose in a book' state that has continued ever since.

firawla Thu 23-Nov-17 14:34:44

Oh this series sounds like something my boys would love! I may have to get it for them. Frankies magiv football and the Theo Walcott series have been popular with them, as well as non fiction football books, and for my 9 year old Harry Potter

clarebear1983 Thu 23-Nov-17 14:37:22

My son loves the Hungry Caterpillar, he adores being read to from all kinds of stories but goes back to this one time and time again.

MummyBtothree Thu 23-Nov-17 14:40:39

My DS got into reading more after discovering a book by David Walliams and has been hooked on his books ever since.

Tanfastic Thu 23-Nov-17 14:46:42

The Wimpy Kid books got my son into reading closely followed by David Williams.

hiddenmichelle Thu 23-Nov-17 14:46:59

Mine love the Wimpy Kids books - great for reluctant readers!

meepmoop79 Thu 23-Nov-17 15:00:19

They have to be books that they are interested in for themselves. Dr. Who and Percy Jackson have been very popular.

starlight36 Thu 23-Nov-17 15:03:30

Batman Phonics were very popular in our house . I would second that anything your children is into really helps them to pick up the book in the first place.

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