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Premier League takeover

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The Great World Book Day Footy & Booky quiz is back for 2024!

Join footballers from across the Premier League, Women's Super League and the English Football League AND Football School author Ben Lyttleton for our annual interactive and fun quiz guaranteed to get your pupils extra excited about reading.

This year our 30-minute quiz* will be hosted by teacher Kit Brown and will take place on World Book Day, Thursday 7 March 2024 at 9.30am. The quiz will feature two rounds of questions (one football-themed, one reading-themed) pitched by your footballing heroes and our writer pals.

Schools have the chance to participate live, win prizes and generally have a ball. Get signed! Find out more and register here: literacytrust.org.uk/world-book-day-live

*give or take…!

Your challenge resource is now live! Click here

Premier League Magazine Team, Live! with Jake Wilson from BBC Match of the Day Magazine and author Matt Oldfield.

On Wednesday 20 December 2023, BBC Match of the Day magazine's, Jake Wilson and top footy author, Matt Oldfield, led a live workshop to guide pupils through writing their own article as if they were real footy journalists. They shared tips, tricks and secrets to help them create articles about their own favourite skills. We even had exclusive content from a Premier League and Welsh international player... can you work it out? :)

Event-supporting free resources can be found on the Premier League Primary Stars website.

You can register for all Premier League Primary Stars resources, including the full Premier League Magazine Team programme, here.

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Active Phonics Premier League Takeover with MC Grammar

MC Grammar hosted an awesomely-active funky-fresh phonics event on Thursday 6 July 2023. We moved it, made it, learnt it, and LOVED it!

Star of Sky Kids’ Wonder Raps and World Book Day Ambassador, MC Grammar was created by award-winning teacher, Jacob Mitchell. What started in his primary school classroom as simple songs and rhymes has catapulted Jacob to international stardom. Whether it’s blending books with beats to create hooks and melodies or his catchy songs, Jacob’s action-packed lessons and methods are now shared all over the world. His fierce belief, ‘if a child can’t learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn’ underpins his mission: to entertain, educate and empower our future.

Supporting resources can be found on the Premier League Primary Stars website.

Our World Book Day Premier League Takeover quiz!

The 30-minute quiz* took place on World Book Day, Thursday 2 March 2023, at 9.30am. The quiz featured two rounds of questions (one football-themed, one reading-themed) pitched by your footballing heroes and our writer pals.

Hosted by TV presenter Kelly Somers, schools had the chance to participate live, win prizes and generally have a ball.

*give or take…!

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Free supporting resources can be found on the National Literacy Trust World Book Day page, plus an amazing World Book Day challenge live on the Premier League Primary Stars website.

Watch all of our previous Premier League takeovers!

  • Legendary illustrator Nick Sharratt leads a fun draw-along activity for Key Stage 1 (5 to 7-year-old) pupils.
  • Become one of Marcus Rashford's Breakfast Club Investigators with author Alex Falase-Koya and illustrator Marta Kissi.
  • Join Football School authors Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos for a World Book Day 2022 quiz - includes questions from top ballers!
  • Enjoy our event with Benjamin Dean, as he helps you to create your very own out-of-this-world setting.
  • Watch our inaugural Premier League Primary Stars Reading Festival! Featuring this amazing host of authors: Paul Cookson, Sharna Jackson, Kwame Alexander, Venessa Taylor, Matt Oldfield & Charlotte Browne.
  • Find out how to make your dreams come true, and to build your dream team to help you get there, with exciting new author Priscilla Mante.
  • Learn how to be a star storyteller with wellbeing coach, Tony Dallas, who has taught footballers the art of storytelling!
  • Join Football School authors Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos for a World Book Day 2021 quiz - includes questions from top ballers!
  • 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.

Draw-along with our draw-along event with with illustrator Nick Sharratt!

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Watch our Breakfast Club Adventure event with with author Alex Falase-Koya and illustrator Marta Kissi

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Watch our World Book Day 2022 quiz with Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton... and footballers

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Watch our event with author Benjamin Dean

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Watch Paul Cookson lead a workshop at our festival

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Watch Sharna Jackson lead a workshop at our festival

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Watch Kwame Alexander lead a workshop in our festival

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Watch Venessa Taylor lead a workshop in our festival

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

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Meet the dream team with Priscilla Mante

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Storyteller special with Tony Dallas

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Football School authors, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton


Girls FC author, Helena Pielichaty


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.