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Children's Nonfiction Football

How Football Works

by (author) Keltie Thomas

illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Nov 2010
Football, Sports & Recreation
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2010
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


On any given Sunday you’ll find fans huddled around the TV or glued to the stands as they watch the “big game.” What big game, you ask? What else — football! Football is without question one of the most popular sports in North America. So what’s the appeal? And how does the sport work? All the answers can be found in How Football Works, a How Sports Work book. It’s an examination of the players, the plays, the legends, and the science behind this powerful sport. From the way a body initiates a tackle to a behind-the-scenes look at the way an NFL team prepares for its weekly game, How Football Works presents all the facts, drama, and one-of-a-kind anecdotes that make football such a popular sport. Engaging “Quick Answers to Hard-Hitting Questions” sidebars and “Quick Hit” factoids provide all the need-to-know information, and “Tip” and “Try This!” bursts help kids improve their game. Timelines throughout the book track the evolution of football essentials, like the pigskin, the turf, and the football helmet, from the 1890s to today. Plus, “Legends of the Game” sections introduce young fans to some of the best players in football history and a “Rules and Regs” section at the back of the book provides definitions for all of the terms readers need to know to become a master of football basics.

About the authors

KELTIE THOMAS is a passionate sports fan and award-winning children’s science writer and editor. She is a former editor of OWL Magazine, and is the author of popular sports books such as How Baseball Works; Blades, Boards & Scooters; and Inside Hockey! She lives in Toronto.

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Stephen MacEachern attended Sheridan Institute for animation and illustration and has taught in the illustration program there. He is a Web and print designer as well as an illustrator. He has illustrated more than ten children's books. He lives in Erin, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"One would be hard pressed to think of an aspect of the game not addressed in these jam-packed pages…A super addition to most library collections."

School Library Journal

"A very informative read!"

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"This book scores a touchdown and a two-point conversion."


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