Author blog: Reading the World Cup

Updated: Feb 8

As the football World Cup approaches in June, we are delighted to host a guest post from best selling author Tom Palmer.

In this blog post, Tom discusses his top 10 recommendations for World Cup themed books to inspire reading among young football fans.

Reading for pleasure often begins with what the reader is passionate about. For many people that is football. And, with a World Cup this summer, this is a great time to engage football fans with reading through the extraordinary wealth of fiction and non-fiction for kids. Available from bookshops and libraries, here’s a list of ten books with World Cup potential.



Match World Cup Diary 2018

Macmillan Children's Books


A book from the popular Match magazine where children can fill in predictions, match reports and more. Writing for pleasure as well as reading for pleasure.

Age: 7+




You can order Match World Cup Diary 2018 online or from your local bookshop or library.



Ultimate Football Heroes: Road to the World Cup

Matt & Tom Oldfield

From the hugely popular series of readable football biographies for children, this book traces six of the biggest players' journeys to the finals, including Kane, Messi and Ronaldo. Check out the other 30 books in the series too.

Age: 7+




You can order Ultimate Football Heroes: Road to the World Cup online or from your local bookshop or library.





The Story of the World Cup

Brian Glanville


Updated every four years, this is the best history of the tournament in the English language. For older or very confident readers.

Age: 10+





You can order The Story of the World Cup online or from your local bookshop or library.







F2: Football Academy

F2 Freestylers


F2 are a pair of popular YouTubers. Their books cover some of the skills they teach children online, encouraging both reading and physical activity. Can’t be bad!

Age: 7+




You can order F2 Football Academy online or from your local bookshop or library.







Football School

Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton


A series of books that engage children with school subjects through football. Like a miscellany for children about the beautiful game.

Age: 7+



You can order Football School online or from your local bookshop or library.








Keeper

Mal Peet


The ultimate football novel for older readers. Mixes World Cup football with global issues and high-stakes drama

Age: 10+





You can order Keeper online or from your local bookshop or library.







Girls F.C. (Series)

Helena Pielichaty


The ultimate football series featuring girls as the main players. Short well-written novels with 12 in the series for the more voracious readers, be they girls or boys.

Age: 7+




You can order Girls F.C. online or from your local bookshop or library.







Jamie Johnson (Series)

Dan Freedman

Famous for their very own TV series, there are six books featuring Jamie, tracking him from his early days to playing in the World Cup.

Age: 9+





You can order Jamie Johnson online or from your local bookshop or library.







Dead Ball

Tom Palmer

Football Detective, Danny Harte, takes on a Russian billionaire who is threatening to destroy the English game. Most of the action takes place in Russia and the stadiums the World Cup finals will be played in.

Age: 9+





You can order Dead Ball online or from your local bookshop or library.





Gus the Famous Football Cat

Tom Palmer

Set during this year’s World Cup in Russia, a Syrian refugee living in the UK discovers her rescue cat can predict England’s football scores. But can Gus handle his fame?

Age: 5+





You can order Gus the Famous Football Cat online or from your local bookshop or library.





Tom Palmer is the author of thirty plus sports stories for children. They feature spies, detectives, ghosts and figures from history. Find out more about his books at www.tompalmer.co.uk.


Tom also has a wealth of free classroom literacy resources relating to the World Cup on his website: http://tompalmer.co.uk/world-cup-2018-literacy-resources/.




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Many thanks to Tom for sharing these great suggestions with us.

You might also like our recent review of Tom's 'Defenders' series.



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