In case you hadn’t noticed – World Cup fever is once more upon us ⚽
And it would seem you’re never too young to get into the soccer spirit.
Check out our guide to the best books about the beautiful game…
5 of the best books for World Cup 2018
1. Spot Plays Football
Any parent keen to introduce a love of the game early in their child’s life will adore Spot Plays Football by Eric Hill.
Suitable for children aged 2+, the story follows everyone’s favourite puppy as he heads down to the park for a game of football with his friends.
There are things to look out for during the match and a suitably chaste message emphasising that it’s the taking part and not the winning that matters… something we may all be telling ourselves over the coming weeks!
Available from: Amazon
2. Peter Rabbit: Football Fever
Another title for younger children is Peter Rabbit: Football Fever. Brought to you by the team behind the hit CBeebies’ Peter Rabbit show, this is available only as an e-book.
Everyone has gone football mad and so Peter and his rabbit gang decide to take on a team of squirrels, but in what is undoubtedly a game of two halves, not everything goes to plan… Includes interactive features and a skills challenge.
Available from: Beatrix Potter Shop
3. Mr. Men: The Big Match
Mr. Men: The Big Match by Adam Hargreaves is a great story book to share with your child. Written to coincide with this year’s championship, we follow our favourite Misters and Misses as they decided to stage a tournament of their own.
Mr Loud takes on the role of referee, while Little Miss Somersault shows off some skills but can Mr Small convince them that he has got what it takes to make a big impression on the team.
This is a lovely tale packed with all the humour you would expect from the house of Hargreaves.
Available from: eBay
4. 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Activity and Colouring Book
Activity books are always popular during such events and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Activity and Colouring Book by Emily Stead (Carlton Books, £4.99) is packed with puzzles, quizzes and all manner of football fun.
Suitable for children aged 6+, there is also a whole range of facts about the players and the game, as well as 150 stickers.
Companion titles include the, Kids’ Handbook (complete with match chart, £6.99) and 2018 World Cup Russia Fact File (£8.99) which is bursting with stats and info about the competing nations and their star players.
Available from: Waterstones
5. Vision Sport’s The Big Book Of The World Cup
Vision Sport’s The Big Book of the World Cup is a one-stop shop, containing team trivia, player profiles and endless footy facts.
There are photographs of all the game makers as well as an in-depth look at the competing nations and a tour of the stadiums.
And, alongside all this sporting fun, the book has a section on Russia itself too.
Not to mention a match chart and a TV viewing schedule. May also make a great Father’s Day Gift!
Available from: Blackwell’s