Premier League takeover – World Book Day special!

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To celebrate World Book Day, Thursday 3 March, TV presenter Kelly Somers joined top football authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton for a fun, live event.

Together, they ran an interactive quiz, including a round led by footballers from:

  • the Premier League
  • the English Football League
  • the Women’s Super League.

Schools had the opportunity to submit questions about football, writing and reading, win prizes, and even ask for a shout out!

You can watch the event (and take part in the quiz all over again!) below:

You can also take part in Alex and Ben’s challenge to help you select an amazing five-a-side team… of the best reads! Help us to build our World Book day team of Worldies. There is even the chance for you to share yours with the Premier League and win a box of books for your school! Download a free resource to help you take on the Football School authors’ challenge from the Premier League Primary Stars website.

But that’s not all! Did we mention there’s a free read available for all pupils? AND it links to the free challenge! Have a read of Terrific Teams from Alex and Ben’s amazing Football School series (published by Walker Books) for free!


Watch all of our previous Premier League takeovers!

  • 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!
  • 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.

Watch our event with author Benjamin Dean


Watch Paul Cookson lead a workshop at our festival


Watch Sharna Jackson lead a workshop at our festival


Watch Kwame Alexander lead a workshop in our festival


Watch Venessa Taylor lead a workshop in our festival


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


Meet the dream team with Priscilla Mante


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


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.