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Love Football: Love Reading 2014

ToolkitThis resource has been written to help teachers and librarians use the buzz around this summer’s World Cup to enthuse football-loving children to read for pleasure. It includes a wealth of practical ideas and activities for you to try out with your pupils:

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The toolkit was written by author Tom Palmer and funded by Renaissance Learning and the Football Association.


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Appendix resources

Within the Love Football: Love Reading 2014 toolkit we refer to several resources to support the activities suggested within the resource. Access them via the links below:

World Cup Children's Book Bingo

Football commentators use dozens of well-used phrases such as ‘kick off’, ‘foul play’ and ‘here we go’. Many of these phrases are also the titles of children’s football fiction. We have created four bingo cards, each containing four football fiction book titles. Challenge families to play bingo during a match commentary then have the books available at school if the children’s interest is stimulated. Download

Letter for parents and carers

Send a copy of this letter we have provided to parents that suggests ten ideas for how to stimulate their children’s reading at home during the World Cup. Download

List of football children's authors

There are a lot of authors who write football books. We are putting together a list of these authors and their details. Download

Author posters from Accelerated Reader

These posters feature pictures of children’s authors Dan Freedman, Tom Palmer, Helena Pielichaty, Bali Rai and David Bedford explaining in fifty words what they’ll be reading during World Cup 2014. Download

Ball-shaped book review template

Use this pdf with pupils so they can let you know what they think about what they're reading, by writing their book review on a ball-shaped template and giving it a score. Download 

Premier League Reading Stars

Check out our Premier League Reading Stars pages for free videos and resources that could enhance a World Cup book group’s activities. View

World Cup comprehension activities

We are putting together five World Cup comprehension activities, one each from a newspaper, magazine, website, fiction book and non-fiction book. The activities can be used to encourage children to try reading different types of text. View

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