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March in Melbourne (and now around Australia) signifies the return of AFL football – a sport that unites or divides supporters, depending on how well your team is going. Kids enjoy being involved in the sport but more and more they are enjoying the literature that is now being produced.
Here are 7 of the best AFL football books for kids that would be perfect in your classroom or at home or as a gift for a special niece or nephew.
The 7 Best AFL Football Books For Kids
Why I Love Footy
There are a bazillion reasons to love footy! These are just my biggest ones…
Number one in our list Why I Love Footy is written through the eyes of a young fan, author Michael Wagner creates a wonderful story about all the reasons why footy is the best. The greatest thing about football though is that it’s done together.
Simon ‘Specky’ Magee is a
Only problem is that his dad doesn’t like football and his mum is just as disinterested.
The mystery starts to thicken when his Specky finds a picture of himself as a toddler dressed in AFL team colours. He starts asking questions, wondering why his parents would have dressed him up like that if they hated football so much.
Sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, and but always interesting, this is a book that reluctant readers will enjoy.
There is a complete series of 8 books following Specky’s adventures in football, in life and in lessons about growing up.
Sporty Kids: Footy
For the beginning reader, Sporty Kids: Footy is a good start.
Joe’s a great footballer but there’s one small problem. Why is handballing such a problem for him?
A great book for beginning readers who have a growing appreciation for Australian Rules Football. Good news is that there is an entire series that covers all sorts of other sports such as cricket, soccer and even Little Athletics.
AFL Footy Kids Series
These were first published many a year ago and were a favourite across Australian schools. In recent times they’ve had a ‘reboot’ with new teams entering the competition and with new champions emerging.
These books are written through the eyes of a young football fan and their experiences of game days, training and meeting their favourite champions. Highly entertaining and yet quite a short but satisfying read, this series (or at least your team) should be on every young fan’s shelf.
You Choose… “Footy Fever”
If you remember the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure‘ books then you’ll understand the way this book works. One decision could make you an AFL hero, while some others could send you doing extra laps at training. Working through this book and finding multiple endings and twists is half the fun of reading through this book.
The Selwood Boys
‘The Selwood Boys’ are books based on AFL players Adam, Scott, Joel and Troy Selwood, all of whom have played at the AFL league level. Based on their own stories of growing up and growing up together in an AFL madhouse, there are plenty of laughs and fun along the way.
There are four books in the series and audio versions as well for those long car trips.
If it all seems a little overwhelming, along comes Speccy-tacular. This is an anthology of short stories with contributions by some of the authors already mentioned in this article. The full list of authors are:
- Michael Wagner (Why I Love Footy and Maxx Rumble series)
- Tony Wilson (The Selwood Boys series)
- Nicole Hayes (Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars Of 2017 and The Whole of My World)
- Adrian Beck (Kick it to Nick series with Shane Crawford)
- Michael Panckridge (Big Bash League series)
- Sherryl Clark (Ellyse Perry series)
- Patrick Loughlin (Billy Slater, Glenn Maxwell and Football High series)
- Meredith Costain (Dance Academy series)
- Shivaun Plozza (Frankie and Tin Heart)
- David Lawrence (Fox Swift and Ball Stars series)
- George Ivanoff (You Choose series)