Tune into the Soccer/Futbol excitement


Yes, the US was eliminated today by Belgium, but if your kids are anything like mine, they’ve been watching and hearing about the World Cup.  They may have even caught some of the soccer bug.  Here are a few books that might tickle their soccer fancy.  I’m sorry they aren’t organized by reading level, but there’s something for everyone in this list.  Remember to check your local library to see if they have or can order the books you are interested in.  If you have other suggestions or comments on any of the books in this list, please leave a comment!

Froggy Plays Soccer, by Jonathan London

Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (and the accompanying fact book) by Mary Pope Osbourne

Stars of the World Cup by Illugi Jokulsson – ages 7 and up, a small bio of some of the most well-known players

National Geographic Kids Everything Soccer by Blake Hoena

The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book by Deborah Crisfield

The Wild Soccer Bunch, Book 1, Kevin the Star Striker by Joachim Masannek – ages 9 and up, a hit series that began in Germany and has 13 books (one for each member of the soccer team)

My Soccer Book by Gail Gibbons – preschool – Grade 2, basic facts about the game with pictures and a glossary

Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin – Grades 1-3, about a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a soccer star

Hope for Haiti by Jesse Joshua Watson – beautifully illustrated, charming book about the troubles and hopes of refugees in Haiti

After-School Sports Club: Soccer Day by Alyson Heller – a Level 1 Ready to Read book

Captain Awesome, Soccer Star by Stan Kirby – a chapter book with illustrations, for ages 5 and up

Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo – a level 4 Step into Reading book

Soccer Game! by Grace Maccarone – a Level 1 Scholastic Reader

Little Soccer by Brad Herzog – rhyming riddles about soccer

Olivia Plays Soccer by Tina Gallo – a Level 1 Ready to Read book

Soccer Duel by Matt Christopher – 10 year olds

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town by Warren St. John – Grade 7 and up

The Soccer Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries #60 by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm – preschool – Grade 2, a picture book about persistence

Soccer Girl Cassie’s Story: Teamwork is the Goal (Go! Go! Sports Girls) by Kara Douglass Thom

Saving the Team *The Kicks) by Alex Morgan – Grades 4-6, multiracial characters

Maisy Plays Soccer by Lucy Cousins – a picture book for the younger crowd

Frankie’s Magic Soccer Ball series by Frank Lampard – a series of books about a young soccer team, written by a professional soccer player from England

The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks by Stan Berenstain


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