Best Children's Football Books In 2021 | Football For Kids

As a parent, it is important to get our children reading books from an early age to help with their literacy and reading skills. Although this can always be difficult when you can’t get them away from playing football in the garden or with friends. With the advancement in technology, you find your children on iPad’s, iPhones, tablets and consoles all the time.

Luckily, we have produced a guide that might help you bridge the gap between your child spending too much time on technology than reading books. You want to get them to enjoy reading and what better way to do this than buying football books. The majority of children are passionate about football so these books are a no brainer.

There are many different types of children’s football books around with great variety. There are ones that are actually stories or ones that provide up-to-date information on teams and players. In fact, there are even collectable books where the children get to collect cards or stickers to complete their book. This creates a great hobby for your child and is sometimes a great birthday or Christmas gift to get for them.


The Story Of The World Cup by Richard Brassey

Now, this is a story that everyone has heard of or needs to be aware of. This is considered a classic football book for children as it includes real fun facts. Facts that children can use to impress all of their friends and family and expand their knowledge of football history at the same time. Not only that, but the World Cup is the biggest tournament in football and will remain this way forever. With over 200 countries taking part in the tournament it is supported and recognised by the world.

It is truly something that everyone can get behind and enjoy, supporting your country is a special feeling as it unites the country as one. It has also become more popular since England’s last visit to the World Cup where we got to the Semi-Finals. This was the biggest moment in football for a very long time.

The story is about three stolen trophies with a dog named Pickles who becomes the hero of the story. We don’t want to give too much away so we will let you read the story to find out what happens next. It is illustrated by Richard Brassey who adds his clear style of writing to make it a perfect book for children.

If you are a parent then be prepared to hear endless stories about footballing facts, the greatest football players in history and cup history for countries. It is known for children to visit the internet to improve their football knowledge after reading this. You may also need to accompany them when it comes to watching football.


50 Football Skills by Usborne

This book is self-explanatory in the way that it is exactly what it says in the book. This is a practical manual guide on different tips, techniques and skills and how to master them. It also includes the basics of all positions like attacking and defending. As a young child that hasn’t played using the offside rule, this book will help them massively. It provides a simple guide on how the offside rule works so when they get to 11 they can understand it better.

The best thing about this book is not only that it can help improve your child’s football skills. But they can also take this to show friends due to it being pocket-sized. Therefore, they can even take it down to the playing field to practise these techniques.

This book is not so much great for reading but it definitely helps your child to better understand the game they love. It is also a book that will keep your child interested for ages so it might help to get them away from the TV or iPad for a few hours a day. Every parent wants their child to have a great childhood which involves getting out of the house and seeing friends. What better way to do this than get them a book that encourages them to go outside and learn new skills.


Girls FC by Helena Pielichaty

This book has never been more relevant with the popularity of women’s football continuing to grow. The Girls FC is a series of books that focuses on different players that play in different positions. Therefore, this collection is perfect for your little girl if they are interested in starting football or currently playing already.

The first book in the collection is about nine-year-old Megan Fawcett. Megan is in love with the game but can’t grab the coaches attention to play for the team. Therefore, she takes matters into her own hands by setting up her own team. This does come with some minor issues of having to find the other 10 players, a pitch and a new head coach to train them. However, as the story unfolds it becomes an exciting read for girls with a passion for football.

The author Helena Pielichaty has done an amazing job in helping the sport get more girls involved. By creating this series of books it provides an educational and fun activity that is not just for boys. The typical age range for these books is for 7-12-year-olds.


Match Annual 2021

Now, the Match annual is the perfect book for every young, passionate football fan. It provides the ultimate guide for what is going on in the year and goes into depth about each football team. Not only that but it includes fun activities to complete to make it fun and educational for the kids.

If your child wants to stay up-to-date with the latest footballing news then this is definitely the way to go. It includes exclusive interviews with their favourite players such as Messi, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Salah, Paul Pogba and more. They have also incorporated women’s football into the Match annual to make it appealing to all genders that are passionate about football.

With the upcoming EURO’s in the Summer, there is no better way to get excited for it than to get this book. It contains a guide of the teams involved with some really cool stats about the teams. It is also the best selling football annual in the UK and has been for many years, even since I was a child. The reading age for this book is for 9-11-year-olds.


Topps Match Attax 20/21

Where to start with Topps Match Attax, in my opinion, nothing will distract your child more than this trading card game. It is something that they can do with friends or even family members. My brothers and I used to get heavily involved in this when we were younger, constantly sharing all of our spare cards with each other. Nothing feels more satisfying than getting a rare card that no one else has.

Better yet, it comes with a collection book so they can store all of their cards in one place and trade with friends to get the cards that they don’t have. Without a doubt, your child will get heavily obsessed with this and it will take up a lot of their time.

This book contains all of the best players in the current football world so your child can collect their favourite players. This is a limited edition version that is for all teams involved in the UEFA Champions League and Europe League.

This is a perfect gift for your child if they are passionate about football and are into collectables. The best way for them to start is to get the starter pack as it contains a limited edition Roberto Firmino Gold card which will definitely excite your child. It also contains another pack of cards with random exclusive players but you can buy packs to add to the collection.

Also with the new season starting in September, they can almost get their hands on the new book that is due to be released soon.


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Hi, I am Oliver, I am a Chelsea fan at heart and always grew up on football and rugby. However, I definitely sway more to the football now as it continues to grow on me and I am proud to say I tune in to every Chelsea game. I always loved playing football with friends and would always be the goalkeeper. Especially on the rainy days when you go flying through the mud.

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