A lot of people will always underestimate the impact reading has on children. Although they consider it boring to read, the educational value is immense. As parents you always want your child to succeed and believe it or not, football books for kids can do exactly that. Whether they are looking to improve on their vocabulary, reading ability or actual football performances. There is simply a book for all of these elements.
Admittedly, not all children enjoy reading or consider themselves academic and that is completely okay. Instead, they may prefer some educational and exciting football films with some absolute classics out there to watch.
However, of all the books listed below, some are more educational than the others and some are more about learning physical skills in football. Admittedly, these football books for kids will most likely be the popular choice. The majority of football-obsessed kids want to always be better than their friends, even if they say they don’t, they secretly do. Unfortunately, no one wants to be picked last in the football team as it is completely soul-destroying. So with the help of these books, they can brush up on your footballing knowledge and improve your football skills all at once.
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The Frankie’s Magic Football Top of The League Series
Now, these series of books are a fan favourite amongst the younger children as these are written by the one and only Frank Lampard himself. Being one of the best Chelsea midfielders and arguably one of the best English midfielders of all time, he knows a thing or two about making football exciting.
What makes this even more exciting is that there are 20 books within this collection, which means they are spoilt for choice and most importantly, keep them occupied for days on end. This is why this cements its place in our top picks for best football books for kids. These books bring fictional characters into the picture which gets children to use their imagination as Frankie and his team must compete against the likes of cowboys, knights, aliens and pirates.
All books from this collection are paperback and all fit nicely into the collection box so your children can keep them stored away making them easier to find. It also means that it is out of your way and you won’t find books lying around everywhere so it is a win-win for everyone. This is why it makes it into our top 5 most exciting football books for kids due to the excitement and educational factors that this book provides.
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 that 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. Therefore, this is up there with one of the most exciting football books for kids.
England: The Official History
It only seems fitting that we include this iconic book about the history of the England National Squad. So your children can live through all of the upsets that we have had to go through whilst supporting the Three Lions. I say upsets, there are also glimpses of hope in this book which includes the Euro 2020 where we reached the final. What a moment that could have been, am I right?
The best thing about this book is that it also contains history about the Lionesses so your child can get a better understanding of how much the women’s football team has achieved over the years. Far greater than the men’s that is for sure.
We also included this book as it seems like a great way to understand the history just before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar. Although, not sure how well we are going to play after watching the Nations League over the last couple of weeks. However, we will all come together and cheer as one when it gets to that stage. But in the meantime, let’s understand the heartbreaks in this book so we can really enjoy the celebrations, even if it is just reaching a semi-final.
Football Activity Book
This book is great for the younger children as it includes a variety of activities for them to complete. What is also great about this is that it also gets them learning with exciting maths games and puzzles. So whilst you are getting some much-needed peace and quiet, they will be doodling and making the most out of their Football activity book. Most of the time it is really challenging getting your children to complete their math homework. But with the help of this book, they won’t even notice it is maths due to their love of football overshadowing it.
The greatest thing about this exciting football book for kids is that the variety of activities keeps them entertained for ages. Another thing is that it is all completely football-themed and has information on their favourite players, managers and stadiums.
Match Annual 2022
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 World Cup, there is no better way to get excited about 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.