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books for fans of ultimate football heroesIf you like Ultimate Football Heroes, try these…

The Ultimate Football Heroes books score big with football-loving children in Key Stage 2.  With over 50 books in the collections, these biographies tell the life story of a famous footballer, covering the journey from each player’s earliest childhood moments to their latest successes on the pitch and beyond.

We’ve compiled a list of ten similar books for fans of Ultimate Football Heroes. Readers who enjoy discovering all the facts about real footballers might like Football School Star Players or Three Lionesses. If you want to get stuck into some gripping football-themed fiction, try Tom Palmer’s Football Academy series or I Am Lenny Brown. For interesting historical stories of footballers from the past, we recommend A Different Kind of Freedom or Respect: The Walter Tull Story. Children looking for a fun adventure series from a well-known football hero might like to try Marcus Rashford’s Breakfast Club Adventures. For more ideas, you can also check out our list of children’s books about football.

Browse the full list below of books for children looking for what to read next after Ultimate Football Heroes…


In Football Rules the World, discover how football became the most popular game it is today, boasting a mind-blowing 3.5 billion fans worldwide!

The daring duo of Dan and Simon will usher you through the story of football – the highlights of course! You’ll meet the legendary players and inspirational managers of the beautiful game, relive the magic moments and read stories of epic wins and glorious goals from around the globe.

Wonderfully illustrated – bringing football’s history back to life – Football Rules the World is packed with plenty of jokes, funny characters, as well as the facts and stats that fans of Football Superstars have come to know and love.


Discover the most memorable moments in football history in this fascinating Ultimate Football Heroes collection!

From the invention of the modern sport all the way to the present day, bestselling author and football expert Tom Palmer picks ONE HUNDRED of the most thrilling and significant goals, games, and players from more than 150 years of the Beautiful Game.

Featuring Pele’s World Cup, Maradona’s Hand of God, John Barnes’ Maracana magic, and the Lionesses’ European Championship triumph, this is an endlessly fascinating treasury of stories for fans of all ages.

Best Children’s Books About Art and Artists

From The First Drawing to A World of Art, creativity and colour burst out of this list of the best children’s books about art and artists!

Younger children will delight in vibrant picturebooks like Luna Loves Art and Beautiful Oops!, while intrigue and adventure await older readers in Portraits and Poison and How to Steal the Mona Lisa. For fact-lovers there are fascinating life stories of artists such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo.

Best Children’s Books About Horses and Ponies

This list of the best children’s books about horses and ponies offers something for everyone – whether they read at a trot or a gallop!

This horses and ponies booklist showcases a range of richly illustrated picturebooks alongside fact-packed non-fiction titles.

Both shorter and longer chapter books are also included, featuring tales of adventure, courage, magic and mystery to delight young readers of all ages and abilities.

Best Children’s Books About Dance and Ballet

From ballet to ballroom and disco to street dance, this list showcases the best children’s books about dance and ballet.

Vibrant and engaging picturebooks will have younger readers dancing along to tales of movement and rhythm, while non-fiction fans will delight at stories of real-life dancers.

This dance and ballet booklist also includes a wealth of dance-themed chapter books which tackle topics like friendship, teamwork and courage alongside rehearsals, costumes and talent shows.

Throw in some aliens, witches and dancing fruit, and you’ve got the best list of children’s books about dance!

Following the meteoric rise in popularity of girls’ and women’s football over the past few years, we are delighted to bring you this list of the best children’s books featuring girls’ and women’s football teams.

From historical fiction to non-fiction texts written by some of today’s brightest footballing stars, this list has something to offer all football-mad readers. So why not kick off your reading with these inspiring books about girls’ football?


Never underestimate your actions – even the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. That’s the power of kindness.

From Marcus Rashford MBE and Carl Anka, the bestselling authors of You Are a Champion, comes the eagerly-awaited inspiring and positive follow-up, You Can Do It: How to Find Your Voice and Make a Difference.

Marcus uses the power of his voice to shine a light on the injustices that he cares passionately about, and now he wants to help YOU find the power in yours! From surrounding yourself with the right team, to showing kindness to those around you, to celebrating and championing difference, You Can Do It shows you that your voice really does matter and that you can do anything you put your mind to. You don’t have to be an International footballer to make a difference – even the smallest changes can have the biggest impact.

Packed with more inspiring stories from Marcus’s own life, brilliant advice, and top-tips from social justice educator Shannon Weber, this book will show you how to use your voice and make a difference in this world.

Best Children’s Books About Music

From clefs and composers to instruments and improvisations, music is a pastime that many children come to love in their primary years. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about music, composers, instruments, singing and performing…

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