The Super Bowl is next week – and my football-obsessed boys are so excited! We’ve been reading books about football for years – here are our favorites:
For toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-4):
Little Football – by Brad Herzog
My boys loved this board book with rhyming text and little riddles about football. Little Basketball (about – you guessed it – basketball) was also a favorite.
For Early Elementary (ages 5-8):
By My Brother’s Side – by Tiki and Ronde Barber
The Barber brothers (who both played in the NFL) have written many (better) books about football for kids – but this is the one that we read over and over. It is a picture book with longer text.
Don’t Throw it to Mo – by David Adler
I LOVE these early-reader books. There are two other Mo Jackson books about basketball and baseball. They are about Mo – the smallest and youngest boy on the team (my son definitely could relate). But Mo always manages to come out on top.
Don’t Throw it to Mo was the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner in 2016.
Coach Hyatt is a Riot! – by Dan Gutman
These are the perfect early chapter books for reluctant readers. All three of my kids adored these books. There are a million of them – and they all focus on different wacky elementary school teachers. This one is about a Pee Wee football coach who makes lots of crazy changes to the team.
For Upper Elementary and Middle School (ages 9-14):
Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
I just re-read this book and the movie-perfect ending made me tear up! It’s so good.
It’s about 13-year-old Nate Brodie who loves football and NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Nate has a chance to win a million dollars in a Patriots half-time competition – if he can just make the perfect throw.
A great choice for kids 9-14 who love football (this one is heavy on the football). It’s got some middle-grade issues like family struggles with money, and some very light romance.
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
A football book that deals with the issue of bullying (and told from the perspective of the bully). A classic.