7 Football Books for Kids in Time for the Big Game

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It’s almost time for the Big Game so let’s round up some football books for kids! If your home is anything like mine, you have a husband glued to the couch watching all the playoff games. My kids are also catching football fever as they place guesses on the scores and try to learn more about the game. They are excitedly peppering us with questions.

Since they aren’t yet invested enough to watch a game from start to finish, I find myself trying to come up with alternative ways to entertain them during game time. This is why we’ve been checking out picture books about football from our local library. We rounded up a few of our favorites below so your little QB has some fun game-time reading material.

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Football Books for Kids: Picture Books

Goodnight Football

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Have a kid who is too geared up after the big game? Try reading them this bedtime book about football. With rhyming text and lovely illustrations, this bedtime story is a win for any football fan. And if you love football, check out 7 Football Books for Kids in Time for the Big Game.

Dino football

Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler

Plot: Dinosaurs and Football? Every little boy will love this story! It’s time for the Greenblades and Redscales to play in the Mega-Bowl. Watch as these dinos put on their gear and start scoring touchdowns. Who will win the big game?

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The Berenstain Bears Play Football by Mike Berenstain

Plot: This is one of the kid’s books about football that is perfect for early readers. It’s all about the Grizzly Bowl! As they wait for the big game to start, Brother and Sister bear and their friends play some football of their own.


Kickoff by Tiki and Ronde Barber

Plot: Football greats Tiki and Ronde Barber are on the list of football books for kids with this picture book inspired by their childhood. This is a story about teamwork and perseverance as the brothers try out for the High School team.

Non-Fiction Kid’s Books about Football:

Pigskins to paintbrushes

Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes by Don Tate 

Plot: This is the true story of Ernie Barnes, a Black football player who turned into a renowned artist in the 1930s. If you are looking for historical football books for kids, check this one out.

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T is for Touchdown by Brad Herzog

Plot: A kids’ book about football that’s also an alphabet book? Sign me up! Sports writer, Brad Herzog, tackles the history of the game, from pigskin to end-zone in alphabetical order. It’s geared to young readers and old alike with easy-to-follow rhymes and more in-depth descriptions.

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What is the Super Bowl? by Dina Anastasio

Plot: The what is series takes on the Super Bowl in the latest in the Who Was series. It looks at major moments in Super Bowl history from huge wins, to stunning losses. It also take a look at all the hype surrounding the big game including the half-time show!

Did you find any kids’ books about football to get before the big game?

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