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Huddle Up and Read: 10 Books About Football for Kids

by Keith Rice

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Football, like all sports, provides great opportunities to teach kids to be active, learn the value of teamwork, and develop confidence. It’s also a great way to have to fun and make new friends. If you have a football-obsessed kid at home, there’s no better way to encourage them to read than introducing them to a few books about the sport they love. There are plenty of fantastic stories ranging from picture books to young adult reads that not only tap into the love of the sport, but also help kids understand the importance of playing by the rules and being safe.

Here are a few of our favorites books about football for children and teens.

  • Football With Dad

    by Frank Berrios, illustrated by Brian Biggs

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    After watching the big game on TV every Sunday, a boy and his dad head outside to throw around a football like their favorite players. With its emphasis on playing safe and having fun, Football With Dad is the perfect way to introduce your little reader to the game of football.
    (Ages 2 – 5)

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  • Don’t Throw It to Mo!

    by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks

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    This award-winning picture book centers on Mo, the youngest and smallest kid on his football team. While his teammates don’t mind Mo’s size and age, the other teams constantly taunt him for being too small to catch the ball. Fortunately, his coach has big plans for Mo in the next game.
    (Ages 6 – 7)

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  • Bones and the Football Mystery

    by David A. Adler

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    Jeffrey Bones — Detective Jeffrey Bones, that is — is thrilled to spend the day at a football game with his grandpa and Grandpa’s friend Sally. But when Grandpa loses his lucky hat, will Bones be able to track it down in time to save the game?
    (Ages 6 – 8)

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  • MVP #3: The Football Fumble

    by David A. Kelly, illustrated by Scott Brundage

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    With the big game coming up, the MVP kids couldn’t be more excited, at least until they get a look at who they’re playing — the big, tough-looking kids from Hamilton Elementary School. The MVP kids know, though, that heart, perseverance, and effort are the real keys to winning even in the face of a really tough opponent.
    (Ages 6 – 9)

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  • The Football Fiasco

    by Mike Lupica

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    The third installment of the Zach and Zoe Mysteries sees the preteen, sports-loving sleuths swinging into action when they discover the recess football has been deflated. As the twins try to figure out what happened to the ball, Zach and Zoe learn important lessons about fairness, friendship, and being mindful of others’ feelings.
    (Ages 6 – 9)

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  • Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football

    by Howard Bryant

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    Howard Bryant examines the most popular sport in America, including the greatest players, teams, and moments in NFL history. Filled with iconic photos, top ten lists, and details on 20 of the greatest Super Bowls ever played, this perfect for every football-obsessed middle grade reader.
    (Ages 8 – 12)

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  • What Is the Super Bowl?

    by Dina Anastasio, illustrated by David Groff

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    If you’ve got a reader in the household who’s been counting down the days until the next Super Bowl ¬— or even one who doesn’t get what all the fuss is about — hand them this star-studded history of the long-standing championship, featuring fascinating stats, stories, and photos from the game of all games.
    (Ages 8 – 12)

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  • The League

    by Thatcher Heldring

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    Tired of bullies and being ignored by girls, Wyatt Parker sees football as a way to turn his life around and toughen up. Unfortunately, his parents expect him to play golf. But his older brother has an idea: Wyatt can lie to his parents and join a secretive rogue football league. Will Wyatt, who has always played by the rules, break a few? Will he be able to deal with the consequences?
    (Ages 10+)

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  • The Walk On

    by John Feinstein

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    Alex Meyers is new to town, and one thing’s for sure: he’s got a heck of a better arm than his school’s reigning quarterback. But there’s just one problem: the quarterback is also the coach’s son. After Alex finally gets a chance to shine, his drug test results come back positive for steroids. Is someone trying to get him kicked off the team?

    Looking for more Feinstein football stories? Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl follows two teen sportswriters as they try to break the biggest sports story of the year.
    (Ages 10+)

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  • The Football Girl

    by Thatcher Heldring

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    In another can’t-miss YA read from Heldring, Tessa seriously considers taking her love of flag football to the next level. But what will the important people in her life — including her cross-country teammates, parents, and boyfriend Caleb — think? Her grit and competitive spirit add Tessa to a long list of fierce female characters.
    Young Adult

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