World Cup book list

Kick off your World Cup celebrations with this brilliant book list.

Baby to 3

Maisy Plays Football Maisy Plays Football
by Lucy Cousins

Today is a big day for Maisy and her friends as they head to the football pitch. Eddie, Cyril and Maisy are on the red team; Tallulah, Charley and Dotty are on the blue. The referee blows the whistle and they're off! Passing, diving and scoring, what an exciting game! The blue team have scored at half time, but what will happen next and who will score the next goal? Just wait for the final whistle…

This Little Footballer This Little Footballer

This Little Footballer is a delightful rhyming touch-and-feel book from Ladybird, with a different little footballer to talk about and a big touchy-feely item to explore on every double page. From a leathery ball and rough goalkeeper gloves to a silky shirt and shiny trophy, each football-themed page helps to teach older babies and toddlers the difference between smooth, rough, bumpy, shiny and more.

Age 3 to 5

Spinderella Spinderella
by Julia Donaldson and Sebastian Braun

Spinderella the football-playing spider has a passion for football. She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn’t know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can’t count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan.

Kicking a Ball Kicking a Ball
by Allan Ahlberg

A wonderful rhyming story which is ideal to read aloud while your children study the beautiful illustrations. An ode to the joys of simply kicking a ball, this is a guaranteed new favourite for both boys and girls.

Mr Monkey Plays Football Mr Monkey Plays Football
by Linda Chapman

Meet Mr Monkey, who belongs to Class Two. He's more than just an ordinary toy - he's magic! No one can remember now how long he's been at the school or where he came from, but every week one of the children gets to take him home and write a diary about their time together.
This week, it's Jack's turn. Football is Jack's favourite thing in the whole world, but he's not big enough to make it into the school's football team. Might Mr Monkey and his magic be able to help?

Get That Ball! Get That Ball!
by Judy Corbalis

Tom and his gran are playing penalty shoot-out when things go wrong and the ball escapes... Now, wherever it leads them, from the park to the high street and beyond to the depths of the ocean and way up high in the sky, Tom and Gran must ‘Get that ball!’

Age 5 to 7

Football Shorts Football Shorts
by Tom Watt

Billy's telling tall stories about his ‘famous’ grandfather, Raphael suspects his coach of murder, Tom and Jerry surprise a talent scout and Katy gets picked to play for England. It's all going on at Shelby Town! This is a collection of short stories and poems about football by a fantastic line-up of children's authors, football writers and players.

Football Star Football Star
by Mina Javaherbin

This is an inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a football star – and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game. Set in a country whose football stars are often shaped by poverty, this tale of defying the expected scores a big win for all.

Willy the Wizard Willy the Wizard
by Anthony Browne

A heart-warming picture book about a young chimp finding his footballing confidence, with great themes of resilience, standing up for yourself and growth. The beautiful illustrations make this book one to be shared - you'll find something new to talk about in each reading.

Age 7 to 11

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras? Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?
by Helena Pielichaty

Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her (even wearing a tiara!), but nothing seems to do the trick. Then Megan has her big brainwave: she could start her own team. An all-girls team! Now she just needs a pitch, a coach – oh, and ten other players… Join the Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play ‘like a girl’!

The Story of the World Cup The Story of the World Cup
by Richard Brassey

From the first tournament in Uruguay to England's legendary 1966 win and beyond, with red cards, penalty shoot-outs and goals galore, this book is full of fun facts football fans can use to impress their family and friends.

Barry Loser is the Best at Football - NOT! Barry Loser is the Best at Football - NOT!
by Jim Smith

Everyone at Barry’s school has gone football crazy, but Barry gets thrown out of the team (the Mogden Maniacs) for being completely rubbish. Then it turns out that his best friend Bunky is a super striker – so Barry becomes his manager. The cup final match is approaching and Bunky’s getting carried away with his football fame – can Barry keep his head in the game?

The Story of Football The Story of Football
by Rob Lloyd Jones

A lively and engaging history of "the beautiful game", which tells the story of football - from its beginnings in the Roman Army to the modern day Premier League including how both American football and rugby were born.

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