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It's a Premier League takeover!

The inaugural Premier League Primary Stars Reading Festival has finished! But don’t you worry, as you can watch our CBBC presenters Kenzie Benali and Ben Shires lead the ultimate football-literacy bonanza and tackle top authors and footy-shaped literacy challenges again, and again, on our recorded sessions below. You can also still enjoy their ebooks totally FREE below.

Make sure you keep an eye on this page so that you don’t miss the chance to join in on future live events!


Catch up on the festival!

Our festival featured:

  • Monday 12 July - Paul Cookson, author of Football 4 Every 1 (Pan Macmillan)
  • Tuesday 13 July - Sharna Jackson, author of High-Rise Mystery (Knights Of)
  • Wednesday 14 July - Kwame Alexander, author of Booked (Andersen Press)
  • Thursday 15 July - Venessa Taylor, author of Baller Boys (Hashtag Press)
  • Friday 16 July - Matt Oldfield and Charlotte Browne, authors of the Ultimate Football Heroes series (Bonnier)

Watch Paul Cookson lead a workshop at our festival below


Watch Sharna Jackson lead a workshop at our festival below


Watch Kwame Alexander lead a workshop in our festival below


Watch Venessa Taylor lead a workshop in our festival below


Watch Matt Oldfield and Charlotte Browne lead a workshop in our festival below


Read the books!

Follow the links below to read the books by our star authors for FREE online!

Football 4 Every 1 by Paul Cookson

Ultimate Sports Heroes: Dina Asher-Smith by Charlotte Browne. Thanks to Bonnier Books UK and Charlotte Browne.


Free resources and chances to win books for your school

Our challenges this week are all around the theme of celebration. Because now is definitely the time to do that! There is even the chance for you to share your responses with the Premier League and win books for your school! Download our free resources to help you take on the challenges from the Premier League Primary Stars website.


Catch up on all the Premier League Takeovers here!

Are you absolutely football mad? Take a look at our football-focused reading and writing activities, in partnership with Premier League.

  • Follow your dreams with new football author, Priscilla Mante and presenter, Kenzie Benali
  • Learn how to be a star storyteller with wellbeing coach, Tony Dallas, who has taught footballers the art of storytelling!
  • Take part in a character building workshop with Girls FC author Helena Pielichaty.
  • Enjoy Roy of the Rovers author Tom Palmer being taken on by CBBC’s Ben Shires in this football reading quiz.
  • Listen to the creator of Jamie Johnson, Dan Freedman, as he shares the story behind CBBC’s most famous footballer.

Meet the dream team with Priscilla Mante

Watch again! See CBBC presenter Kenzie Benali and exciting new author Priscilla Mante run an interactive workshop, helping you to plan how you can accomplish your dreams, and share ideas on who to include in a seven-a-side dream team!

Priscilla is keen to help you achieve your dreams, so she has developed some tips and a challenge. There is even the chance for you to share yours with the Premier League! Download a free resource to help you take on Priscilla’s challenge from the Premier League Primary Stars website.

But that’s not all! You can read the first three chapters in Priscilla’s amazing debut novel (published by Puffin books) for free below!


Read Jaz Santos vs. the World

Meet Jasmina Santos-Campbell (but you can call her Jaz) and her football team the Bramrock Stars in the first three chapters of Jaz Santos vs. the World by Priscilla Mante below.


Storyteller special with Tony Dallas

Catch up on our live event with CBBC presenter Ben Shires and top storyteller Tony Dallas. Hear Tony take part in a Q&A, read his story and help him fill in the gaps!

Tony is keen to help you tell your own stories as well, and there is even the chance for you to share yours with the Premier League! Download a free resource to help you from the Premier League Primary Stars website.



Football School authors, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton

In a World Book Day special, CBBC presenter Kenzie Benali hosted a live quiz with Football School authors, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton! But that’s not all, they were joined by top footballers from across the leagues, including Harry Kane!

Watch Alex and Ben lead a fun quiz and answer your questions on football, writing, reading and lots more in a live Q&A.

Download a free activity to support the challenge from the Premier League Primary Stars website.

Catch up on the live event.


Girls FC author, Helena Pielichaty

During National Storytelling Week, CBBC presenter Ben Shires hosted a live event with Girls FC author, Helena Pielichaty!

Helena led a fun character workshop and answered your questions on football, writing, reading and lots more in a live Q&A.

Catch up on the live event.


Download a free activity to support the challenge from the Premier League Primary Stars website.



Jamie Johnson author, Dan Freedman

Watch top football author, Dan Freedman, read from The Kick Off.


What does it take to become a football writer? Watch the recording of our live stream with Dan Freedman and Ben Shires to find out. You can also view the video on our Facebook page.


Roy of the Rovers author, Tom Palmer

Watch Tom Palmer read from his book, Roy of the Rovers.


Watch Tom Palmer chat to Ben Shires went live on our Facebook page for a fun-packed online footy quiz, and to hear how a love of football helped Tom find his passion for reading.