Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book

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My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book 
by The Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
Published August 2015 by Sports Illustrated
48 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher.

Goodreads Summary
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS kicks off the football season with a brand-new series to help young readers learn the rules, plays, and basics about popular sports. In the first Rookie Book, My First Book of Football, an illustrated rookie player character introduces the next generation of fans to the world of football and guides kids through a visual retelling of an actual NFL game--from the nail-biting coin toss to the exhilarating winning touchdown.
Simple text with engaging action photography and a glossary of essential football terms throughout, including punt, tackle, kickoff, end zone and more, reinforce the message on each page with humor and fun. A perfect book for beginning readers, My First Book of Football is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young football rookies before, during, and after game day.

My Thoughts
This book does a great job of introducing young readers to the sport of football. It discusses specific football vocabulary such as downs, penalties, and field goals, in context. The pages are big and have a nice solid-colored background. The illustrations include photographs of real NFL players and an adorable little illustrated football guy that visits each page. I can see young readers reading this one over and over again and having it handy while watching their favorite team.
This book would make a nice addition to the library of any budding football fan. I would recommend it for ages 3-6. 


  1. I should probably read this since I cannot wrap my head around football rules!
    My librarian recently found these new Sports Illustrated books. They also have a graphic novel series coming out!

  2. It sounds like a good beginner's guide, Gigi. I had a student study football for his individual research project and he taught the rest of the class basic rules, plays, etc. (middle school aged). I was surprised how many didn't know anything & enjoyed the learning. The book may be for younger, but others might learn from it too.

  3. Funnily enough, I live in a place where football plays second fiddle to hockey (probably third fiddle - soccer's pretty high up there too!), but I still think it would be a nice book to share with sports-fanatics! I love that we have all these options available to us now, so we can really connect kids with books that suit their interests. It's a lot easier to get kids hooked on reading when they can find books that excite them!

  4. Last week we shared sports illustrated graphic novels. We are so happy to learn that they are creating Rookie Readers about sports - Very exciting!

  5. Right off the top of my head I can think of picture book biographies about basketball players and a ton of them about baseball players but not of any football players. Yet I don't think little boys are any less interested in football. That's kind of a strange gap. Good thing this book is there for football fanatics!