Football Book Every Kid Should Read

Today I have the football book every kid should read.  It no only looks at the evolution of the sport, but it does so in the context of the plight of the Native Americans as their culture was being erased.  This is an exhilarating sports story, as well as a profile of one of the greatest athletes of our time.

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Title: Undefeatedundefeated football book every kid should read

Author: Steve Sheinkin

Target: Grades 7 and up

Series: No

What this book is about:

This book is about Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner and the evolution of the sport of football. As a backdrop readers are also shown how the Native American population struggled while their culture was being erased. Readers will learn about the Carlisle Indian School Football Team and how under the leadership of Pop Warner, they revolutionized football. They will also learn about the greatest athlete to grace the football and Olympic fields in the first half of this century, Jim Thorpe. He gained the respect of athletes around the world while maintaining a sense of ease and a smile, despite the ongoing challenges he faced.

Why I love this book:

  • Ok, I am not a football fan and I couldn’t put the book down. Despite a few game plays that eluded me, you don’t have to be an aficionado of the sport to enjoy this story. It is an amazing history lesson about college athletics, men who influenced a generation and the plight of Native Americans. There are also some eerie parallels to today’s sports culture.
  • I love Sheinkin’s writing. It may be non fiction, but it draws you in in the same way the best narratives do. While I had some general sense of the time, much of the story was unknown to me so I got caught up in whether they would win the game, how their season would progress and was just as surprised by their defeats as their victories.
  • The ending is sad, because this is real life and not a piece of fiction. However, despite an honest ending, the journey is quite an amazing read.

Who this book is for:

If your kids enjoyed other books by Steve Sheinkin they won’t be disappointed. Kids who like The Boys in the Boat will find this one a great read. Also if your kids are interested in football, this book will be a real eye opener.

Final thoughts:

I had never heard of the Carlisle Indian School and their prominence in football, but wow, what a story.

To purchase this book:

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