Multicultural Soccer Picture Book GIVEAWAY

Multicultural Soccer Picture Book GIVEAWAY

PickyKidPix went to Italy this summer to play soccer with her indoor team and we were able to watch her play during the last few weeks of the World Cup. What a great time to be in Europe with soccer fans!

Because of our great love for Lionel Messi, we root for Argentina and that was a great pick this World Cup! My family is obsessed with Lionel Messi. We root for FC Barcelona, we visited Barcelona to see Camp Noa, and we went to New Jersey to watch a “friendly” Argentina vs. Brazil Pablo Zabaleta When we went to the Argentina vs Brazil friendly, we weren’t able to meet Lionel Messi but we did snap a photo with Pablo Zabaleta who was a clutch player during the World Cup! When Candlewick Press offered me some soccer picture books, I was too slow to blog on them in time for the World Cup but I offer them up now to fill that void that the World Cup has left now that it’s ended.

How about you? Did you watch the World Cup? Who did you root for?


Multicultural Soccer Picture Books

Maisy Plays Soccer by Lucy Cousins (A Maisy First Experiences Book)

The first children’s book my husband ever bought our kids was Maisy’s ABC when I was pregnant with our oldest. It’s become one of our favorite series of all time! This is a new series (and I would know because at one point, we owned every single one!) about First Experiences. It’s perfect for preschoolers to introduce them to soccer as Maisy and her friends play soccer. Win or lose, they have a lot of fun and it’s hard to score on a big goalkeeper like Eddie!! [picture book, ages 1 and up]

Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by Renato Alarcão

This picture book should have been the 2014 World Cup designated picture book. Set in Brazil, it’s an homage to all the children who work for a living but manage to rise from poverty through the game of soccer. Paulo Marcelo Feliciano works on a fishing boat by day and his captain also coaches their pick up team. They play to win but when one player gets hurt, will Paulo’s little sister finally be able to join the boys? [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Happy Like Soccer by Mairbeth Boelts, illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Sierra lives with her aunt in a small apartment in the inner city. She’s made an elite soccer team that plays far from her neighborhood. The other players’ parents are able to cheer for their kids but Sierra’s aunt has to work. Saturdays are busy days at the restuarant. For the last game, her aunt’s boss offers her a different shift so she can attend her niece’s game but it’s rained out. Sierra figures out a solution but is she brave enough to ask her coach [picture book, ages 4 and up]


Three Amazing Soccer Videos

This is an amazing flip book rendition of the highlights from the 2014 World Cup. Bend it like Beckham? Ever wonder how soccer players bend the ball? Here’s the physics behind bending the ball!

Multicultural Soccer Picture Book GIVEAWAY

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  1. Great giveaway! We’re hoping kid #2 will enjoy soccer more than kid #1. 🙂
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  2. What a fun experience for your daughter and family to be in Italia during the World Cup–so exciting.

    We were rooting for Germany! My husband’s German, and we were lucky enough to be in Berlin for the last game. There was so much excitement when Germany finally won–so many fireworks, German flags flying and lots of celebrating!

    Mina Javaherbin has another soccer picture book called Goal. You might also like The Soccer Fence, by Phil Bildner, which is a story about apartheid and friendship (and soccer of course)

  3. My oldest granddaughter, Ava, loves playing soccer. She would love these books!

    We were rooting for Germany in the World Cup……so glad that your daughter got such a great opportunity this past summer.

  4. This is a really great giveaway. Where were these books when my grandsons were young. Couldn’t find a thing for them to read. Six of our grandsons and a granddaughter played soccer. These are great reads.
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  5. Nicole McKinney

    We love watching soccer. We root for our heritage-Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Italy & Hurgary. 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness. We are big Argentina and Messi fans. Your comment system won’t let me share a link, but there’s a video on my blog of my husband teaching our 3 year old daughter to “kiss the badge.” He’s committed to continuing the tradition! 🙂
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  7. Ann

    Awww, Maisy Plays Soccer, how cute!
    Weird coincidence, my husband and I just watched Bend it Like Beckham last night!
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  8. LauraHS

    Great giveaway! Favorite team – very hard to pick! But I would have to say Colombia because they played with real heart in the World Cup and really surpassed expectations! Thanks!

  9. What a fun experience to go to an Argentina/Brazil friendly. My husband loves soccer, I thought my son would love it too. He doesn’t. LOL!

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  10. I just made a Maisy quilt for my daughter. That Maisy book would make an excellent one to read while relaxing on the quilt.

  11. Denise Taylor-Dennis

    USA soccer is my favorite team.

  12. I have to say Brazil is my favorite team, out of loyalty to Johnny 🙂
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  13. Renee MDBR

    Oh my! How cool that you got to meet Zabaleta!! I’m pretty excited by that! lol Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and I’ve tweeted about your giveaway.
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