Football World Cup 2018 Football World Cup 2018

The World Cup 2018 kicks of in Russia on 14 June - will you and your children be glued to the box or hiding in one?! For all those children who are football fans, Lovereading4kids has assembled a formidable line-up of football related books, for all ages, that will boost a love of reading, as well as a love of the game itself.

Wonder Goal!
Michael Foreman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman's own love of football suffuses this story which perfectly captures the thrill all footballers have of scoring the winning goal. As the new boy in a small... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2018
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The Match
Russell Ayto
Told in single words, and through grey pencil illustrations on an admittedly startling green background, this story encompasses anticipation, disappointment, despair, resignation … then hope, surprise and utter joy! A man and his dog lead uneventful lives: one works in... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2018
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Match! Football Puzzles
Match
This book of quizzes, wordsearches, puzzles and more will really test your knowledge of football and the top teams and players. There's something fun to do on every page, from answering questions, to working out the identity of mystery players... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Llamas Go Large
Scott Allen
In a nutshell: llama football stars called up for England at the World Cup | Llamas United took the footballing (and book) world by storm in their first adventure, and will win more readers still with their second. Real llamas,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Little Book of Football Jokes
Joe King
Compact enough to fit into a ref's top pocket, this little book is filled with enough football jokes, songs and limericks to see you through the World Cup. There are old favourites, such as the one about the difference between... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia
Clive Gifford
Football crams dynamic action, breathtaking skills and heartstopping tension into 90 minutes of play. It is sport as drama, making heroes and villains out of its players, managers and officials. So says author Clive Gifford in his introduction to this... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedFootball School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World
Spike Gerrell, Alex Bellos
This clever, hugely entertaining book is further proof, if it were needed, that football is the best game in the world, and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can't learn from studying it. Authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Fantastic Footballers
Jean-Michel Billioud
This is football done as a super-cool picture information book. Forty footballers are introduced over stylish double-page spreads, each one represented in graphic, stylish illustration that picks out distinctive characteristics. Blocks of text integrated into the opposite page fill you... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Football Trials: Kick Off
John Hickman
In a nutshell: great football story, accessible to all readers The story told in Kick Off will be familiar to lots of kids from their daydreams. Jackson is a talented footballer and one day after a game in the park,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Top Of The League
Andrea Mills
The 2018 World Cup is approaching but that still might not be enough football for some young fans; Top of the League will keep them happy until the season starts again! It's packed full of football facts and trivia covering... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Even people who don't much like football will love this book, and if you are a fan of the beautiful game it will provide hours of fun. The authors, creators of the excellent Football School series, have come up with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Mascot!
Alan MacDonald
In a nutshell: ever fresh and funny, the adventures of an inveterate scamp It's hard to believe this is the 30th Dirty Bertie story, it's so fresh and full of energy. Bertie just can't avoid trouble, and gets up to... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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Kick
Mitch Johnson
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | October 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: serious issues in a fast-moving, vividly told football story Like lots of kids in this country, Budi lives for football, training with... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2017
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The New Football Coach
Dominique Demers
The latest instalment in Dominique Demers's popular Adventures of Miss Charlotte series, The New Football Coach, brilliantly illustrated by Tony Ross, is a marvellous tale about believing in yourself and beating the odds. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/04/2018
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Atlas of Football
Clive Gifford
An absorbing gift for avid football fans aged 7+ years, perfect for the next David Beckham. Kick off your footballing journey and see the world in a whole new light! Discover fascinating facts and stats - from record-breaking goals to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Barry Loser is the best at football NOT!
Jim Smith
The tenth book in the brilliant Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning Barry Loser LOSER series. Perfect for readers aged 7-10 years old and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates, Dennis the Menace and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Football Forgery
Barbara Mitchelhill
In a nutshell: comic triumphs and mishaps of a schoolboy detective Schoolboy super-sleuth Damian Drooth is back with a new case: someone is selling forged tickets outside his local football ground and Damian is determined to track down the culprit.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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50 things you should know about Football
Aidan Keir Radnedge
Football is the world's most popular sport, and the world cup will see millions of people across the globe united in their love of the game. This book will fascinate any fan. It covers all aspects of the game, from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Dream Team
Alan Gibbons
With the World Cup coming up, football stories are even more appealing than usual, and Alan Gibbons knows just how to win and hold young readers' attention. There are two halves to the story: interspersed with the tale of youth... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2018
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The Football Trials: Dangerous Play
John Hickman
In a nutshell: football-set story, accessible to all readers Jackson Law is a talented footballer, newly signed to the United youth squad. Real life carries on though, and a budding romance with the girl he's always fancied brings him up... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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The Penalty
Mal Peet
This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist. It's a brilliant thriller, beautifully written and the author's passion for football shines through in the writing. If you're football mad or want... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Shortlisted for the CLPE Children's Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2017 Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. This doesn't go... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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COPA90: Our World Cup A Fans' Guide to 2018
Copa90
Preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup can begin right now with this handsome and thoroughly comprehensive guide to the tournament. Over 170 colour pages it details the teams and the players, not just today's but the best from the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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You can keep up with all the World Cup news @FIFAWorldCup and on FIFA World Cup facebook page and don't forget to have a look at The Official FIFA World Cup 2018 website, which has everything your children will need to know in order to become a World Cup expert.

And if you want to remind them about England's triumph in 1966 click here to read more about the epic final.

Finally, if you thought football was lacking in literary connections, consider the Mexico squad of 2002. Their defence included Gabriel, Garcia, and Marquez!


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