For those of you finding yourselves in need of some great reading inspiration, check out this great range of AFL themed titles, perfect for primary school aged kids. Either sink your teeth into some of these fantastic titles now, or put some aside for the September school holidays – what better way to relax, unwind and fill in the day!
Footy Girls Guide to the Stars of 2017 – Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes
For those of you who loved watching the launch of the women’s footy competition this year, the AFLW competition, A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017 profiles some of the key players from each of the teams, revealing how they made it to the top of the women’s game. Players profiled include Daisy Pearce, Emma King, Katie Brennan, Darcy Vescio, Maddy Collier, Kara Donnellan, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Erin Phillips. What age did they start playing footy? What do they love about the game? Who are their role models? What are their greatest talents as players? Find out the answers to these questions and more. The book is filled with inspirational stories and interesting facts from each of the players and is a great read both for those aspiring to play footy in the future and and for all kids who love AFL.
Fox Swift – Series by David Lawrence with Cyril Rioli
There are currently three titles in the Fox Swift series of books – Fox Swift, Fox Swift Takes on the Unbeatables and Fox Swift and the Golden Boot.
Fox Swift is an 11 year-old football star. When his family moves from the city to the small country town of Davinal, Fox has to choose which of the town’s teams to join – the rich Dragons, which attract all the town’s best footballers, or the Diggers, a struggling club that battles to field a side each week. Following a run in with the captain of the Dragons, Fox makes the decision to join the Diggers, and even manages to recruit a few new players…
Each story in the series is filled with great footy tips and advice from AFL ‘magician’ and three-time Hawthorn premiership star, Cyril Rioli who agrees to lend his support to help the struggling team.
Follow the adventures, highs and lows of Fox and his mates in this enthralling series of books featuring wicked humour and witty cartoons that are guaranteed to keep you turning the pages and anxiously awaiting the next instalment…!
Diary of an AFL Legend – Shamini Flint
One of many titles in the highly acclaimed ‘Diary’ series by Shamini Flint (other popular titles include Diary of a Soccer Star, Dairy of a Cricket God), Diary of an AFL Legend portrays Marcus, a maths whiz who is not good at sport. His dad is a self-help author who thinks Marcus can achieve anything he sets his mind to, with hilarious results.
The book is illustrated in diary format and Marcus’ humour, combined with the comic drawings throughout will have readers laughing out loud as well as learning many interesting things about sport.
Specky Magee – Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
An ever-popular and best-selling series of AFL books for children which have stood the test of time, the stories detail the life of Simon ‘Specky’ Magee who is twelve years old and mad about Aussie Rules Football. He’s even got a nickname – ‘Specky’ – because he takes such spectacular marks. But his family hates footy…… So why is there a baby photo of him dressed in footy gear? Determined to find out the truth, Specky uncovers more than he ever bargained for….
There are currently 8 titles in this brilliantly composed series of books, which follow Specky through the teenage years of his life.
We hope you’ll enjoy getting stuck into some of these great titles and we’d love to hear your feedback on any or more of them. Feel free to drop us a comment or a recommendation to your friends in the box below – happy reading!