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Do you have a young football fan at home? We have put together a list of the best books for kids (like ours) who eat, sleep and breathe football.

Our recommendations of awesome kids’ football books include the best football autobiographies, non-fiction books on football skills and tactics, football stories by former players like Ian Wright and Frank Lampard, and thrilling fiction and series too.

There’s something here to keep every footie fan happy, whatever their age and reading level.

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Kicking Off: Dick, Kerr Girls

The remarkable story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies is brought to young readers for the very first time by award winning and CILIP Carnegie nominated Eve Ainsworth. It's 1917, and Britain is at war. Shy teenager Hettie wants to help the war effort, and signs up to work in the local Dick, Kerr & Co. munitions factory. She's nervous, but she has no idea quite how much her life is about to change ... For, inside this factory are young women who are about to make sporting history. Can Hettie find the courage to join them, and in doing so, find her own place in the world? Based on the thrilling true story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies team - football's forgotten legends.

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Johnny Ball: Accidental Football Genius

From the author of Ultimate Football Heroes comes the first book in the new Johnny Ball series, perfect reading for football-mad kids

Johnny Ball LOVES football. He loves reading about it, talking about it, watching it - and he loves playing it too. He's a good player, but not quite good enough to make the Tissbury Primary School team for the super-huge Under-11s County Cup. But never mind, because their clueless coach, Mr Mann, has a special role for Johnny: ASSISTANT MANAGER! With only Grandpa George's old scarf, a 'pocket' notebook and his brilliant football brain, can Johnny lead the Tissbury Primary team all the way to County Cup glory?

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Football School: The Ultimate Puzzle Book: 100 brilliant brain-teasers

A football-themed puzzle book that will keep kids busy for hours with word, logic and number puzzles.
Train your brilliant brain and enjoy hours of football-themed fun with Football School's The Ultimate Puzzle Book . Packed with over 100 brain-teasers, word searches, riddles, maths puzzles and logic games, this book is perfect for car journeys, planes and rainy days and makes the ideal gift for any young football fan.

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Unbelievable Football: The Most Incredible True Football Stories You Never Knew

The perfect read for the football-mad kid in your life

Do you think you know everything there is to know about football?

Have you heard of ...

* The psychic octopus who could predict the winner?

* The Lancashire Lasses who became football's best kept secret?

* The dog detective who saved the World Cup trophy?

* The superstar footballer who never actually played football?

Discover the most incredible, sometimes ridiculous, and always completely unbelievable football stories you never knew. From bestselling author Matt Oldfield, this is Unbelievable Football - true tales from the world's favourite game where there's everything to play for and anything can happen.

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The Big Book of Football by MUNDIAL

Dive into the world of football with this mega book of everything to do with the beautiful game. Learn all the lingo; meet the greatest players, managers and teams from both the men's and women's games; take masterclasses with the pros; wander through the haircut hall of fame; learn the most iconic goal celebrations and more.

Written by the team at MUNDIAL, the celebrated football lifestyle magazine, and filled with fun, colourful illustrations, The Big Book of Football by Mundial covers it all:

  • The basics and the lingo that will have you talking like a football expert in no time.
  • History of football , including how we got from playing with a ball made of feathers to using high-tech footballs, the greatest teams of all time and the evolution of football boots.
  • The great players , including Paolo Maldini, Lev Yashin, Joy Fawcett, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Michelle Akers, Sir Stanley Matthews and Marta Vieira da Silva.
  • Legendary managers and how they did it - learn the favourite killer formations of greats like Rinus Michels and Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • The big cups , with their histories and greatest players.
  • The world's most amazing stadiums , including Wembley, Melbourne Cricket Ground and San Siro.
  • Kits hall of fame , from the USSR's (now Russia) classic red sweatshirt with 'CCCP' written across the front to Mexico's green home shirt with Aztec patterns and the giant face of the Aztec god of death.
  • How to take the perfect shot like Ji So-yun, take the perfect set piece like David Beckham, take penalties like Matt Le Tissier, beat the offside trap like Fernando Torres, do the perfect attacking header like Didier Drogba and more.
  • Weird and wonderful , from the way we describe things that happen in the game (a fox in the box) to the way we celebrate a goal (by pretending to be a robot) or do our hair (shaving it all off except for a triangle at the front).
  • The culture and people surrounding the game, from traditional pre-game food to the referee, commentator and all-important crowd.
This great big book is your essential guide to the wonderful world of football.

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My Greatest Football Team Ever: Build Your Dream Team

The greatest football team ever. Managed by you .

Here are the finest players that have ever lived, in every single position, fighting for a place in your squad. No manager has ever had to make these decisions before, but no manager has ever had talent like this at their disposal.

Let your favourite footballing stars go head-to-head and build your ultimate football dream team in this activity book with a difference. From journalist and co-host of That Peter Crouch Podcast Tom Fordyce, learn how to think like a manager, pick your players, draw your kit, set your formation, plan your pre-match meal and more.

So, get your football fix this summer and start creating your greatest football team ever ...

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Ultimate Football Heroes Quiz Book

How much do you know about one of the greatest football tournaments of all time - the Euros? Prove your super fan status with this ultimate quiz book that will test even the most dedicated football fan to the limit. With questions ranging from famous players and matches of days gone by to the tournament as it is now, there is bound to be something to challenge all the family.

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Johnny Ball books

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FOOTBALL SCHOOL books

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Football Books with Female Stars

I will never forget my 6 year old daughter asking me if it was ok for her to play football, because "on the tv it's only boys". Sad eh? And proof that we still have a long, long way to go. 

There are a number of football books available but few focus on girls so we've picked out our favourites about this World Cup, female players and football fiction books with a female main character.

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ULTIMATE FOOTBALL HEROES books

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Football Academy books

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Jamie Johnson books

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Girls FC books

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football superstars books

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Roy of the Rovers books

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frank Lampard's frankie's magic football

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Standalone Non-Fiction

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standalone football fiction

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football skills books

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Football picture books

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World Cup Special (Ultimate Football Heroes): Collect Them All!

Epic limited edition Ultimate Football Heroes Book with bonus activities! In this epic special edition book, live the journeys of six ultimate football heroes as they begin their journey to World Cup glory. Discover how superstar players Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin de Bruyne and Declan Rice all stepped up for their national sides and helped secure qualification for their national teams to the Qatar World Cup. They're all set for one more surge towards the ultimate footballing prize! This World Cup Special book will ALSO feature a load of FIFA World Cup related fun facts, quizzes and activities to help you catch that World Cup fever! Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to superstar professional player. Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.

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The Most Incredible True Football Stories - The England Edition

From the winner of the 2020 Children's Sports Book of the Year Award, Matt Oldfield.

Think you know everything about the Three Lions and the Lionesses?

Have you heard of . . .
*The naughty pitch-invading dog that stole the show at the 1962 World Cup?
*The English amateurs who achieved Olympic gold?
*The spy who snuck into training?
*The incredible comeback of the England women's team?
*The infamous World Cup handball that sealed England's fate?
*The Lost Lionesses who made it big in Mexico?

The beautiful game has always reigned supreme in England. These incredible and sometimes ridiculous stories may give you some idea of why. From penalty pain to unbelievable comebacks, discover some of the best true tales of our beloved national teams.

Compiled by bestselling author Matt Oldfield, this is the third book in the award-winning Unbelievable Football series and the perfect World Cup gift for football fans everywhere.

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The Funny Life of Football

A hilarious fact and fiction hybrid from bestselling author and stand-up comic James Campbell, who has visited over 3,000 primary schools to tell stories and encourage children to write their own. Want to know why OCTOPUSES can't play football? And how to play the game across multiple DIMENSIONS? How about learning the REAL RULES of how football is played, why Henry VIII banned it, plus where it came from and who the greatest players of ALL TIME are? Whether you love a game of TABLE FOOTBALL, can't get enough of BACK-GARDEN BALL, only enjoy the game from your SOFA or would sooner swim with sharks than play it, if you LOVE to LAUGH - then this is the book for you! But be warned - this is NOT a normal book. You can read it forwards, backwards, sideways and in approximately 861,000 different ways in between. From comedian extraordinaire James Campbell, get ready to laugh your BUTT off to a silly book filled with funny stories, partly-true facts and hilarious pictures that will make you think twice about the game everyone thinks they know so well.

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Football School: The Greatest Ever Quiz Book

Test your football knowledge with over 300 funny and fascinating questions about the beautiful game.
How much do you know about football - and the world? Test yourself and your friends with over 300 brain-busting questions from Football School. Discover questions on star strikers, crafty coaches, momentous matches and much, much more. Packed with hilarious cartoons and fascinating trivia, this spin-off from the bestselling series is the perfect way for fans to learn more about the beautiful game.

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20th September 2020

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