Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5 Books about Soccer for Kids

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Continuing with Soccer Mania Week, I'm sharing with you today some great children's literature centered around the sport of soccer/fútbol. Get those kids reading this summer with some wonderful stories about this popular sport.

The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Kids' Handbook

by Carlton Books

spiral-bound, Amazon $9
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This is the World Cup companion every kid needs while watching the world's most exciting sports competition! Official mascot Fuleco, a friendly armadillo, tells children all about his home and the host country, Brazil, and there's everything a fan needs to know about the stadiums, top players, and statistics. Adding to the fun are quizzes, games, stickers, a tricky double-page search-and-find puzzle, and a foldout back jacket with a fill-in progress chart—so soccer-crazy kids can record match results as the games progress.

Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, El rey del fútbol 

by Monica Brown

hardback, Amazon $14

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? Turn the pages of this book to read the true life story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend. Rudy Gutiérrez's dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown's story of this remarkable sports hero truly come alive!

¿Sabes cómo un niño brasileño pobre que amaba el fútbol más que nada en el mundo se convirtió en la estrella más importante del deporte? Lee este relato y entérate de la historia de Pelé, El rey del fútbol; el primer hombre en la historia del deporte capaz de marcar mil goles y convertirse en una leyenda viva. Las dinámicas ilustraciones de Rudy Gutiérrez destacan vívidamente los momentos recreados por la escritora premiada Mónica Brown en este extraordinario libro.

hardback, Amazon $9

Learn all about twenty-eight of the best players competing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, from unstoppable scorers like Messi and Ronaldo to crafty playmakers like Iniesta and Modric, and ironclad defenders like Philipp Lahm and Thiago Silva.

Get the inside scoop on their strengths and weaknesses heading into the showdown in Brazil.

 by Rene Colato Lainez
paperback, Amazon $13
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Carlos is not sure that his favorite sport can be played with an oval-shaped ball. Chris is not sure that it can be played with a round ball. It may not be a good idea to play with a kid who is so different He doesn't even know how to play this game! Wait. It looks kind of fun. Let's give it a try!

Carlos no cree que pueda jugar al fútbol con una pelota ovalada. Chris no cree que pueda jugar con una pelota redonda. Quizás no es nuena idea jugar con un niño tan diferente... ¡Ni siquiera sabe cómo se juega! Un momento. Se ve como divertido... ¡Vamos a probar!

by Juan Pablo Lombana
paperback, Amazon $5

64 pages full of fascinating facts about soccer and its history. From the earliest game played in China 2000 years ago to the richest soccer player of today, from the origin of the word "soccer" to the strangest injuries ever seen in a game, this book rocks with loads of anecdotes and trivia that will make you the best-informed soccer fan ever!

Just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when the whole world will be suffering from soccermania!

64 páginas llenas de datos fascinantes sobre el fútbol y su historia. Desde el juego parecido al fútbol que se jugaba en China hace dos mil años hasta el futbolista mejor pagado de la actualidad, pasando por la edad de oro del fútbol femenino, las lesiones más extrañas jamás sufridas, el origen de la palabra "soccer" y mucho más.

Justo a tiempo para la Copa Mundial de Brasil, 2014, ¡cuando el mundo entero se contagia de futbolmanía!


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