Ultimate Guide to Football
written by James Buckley Jr.
(Shoreline Publishing Group) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
This is the kind of book that I loved when I was a kid. Ultimate Guide to Football is loaded with facts about the history of football as well as team by team guides of every franchise in the National Football League. Each team guide follows a similar template with an ultimate player in team history featured (e.g. San Francisco 49'ers - Joe Montana) and a current player listed as the Superstar. Funky Facts, Lowest Low, and Magic Moments are also included for each franchise. It's nice for young kids to learn that at one time in history, the Detroit Lions were actually a feared team. I really like how author James Buckley Jr. highlights some of the "old school" heroes of the NFL like Lou Groza and Chuck Bednarik and includes a lot of history from decades ago. You don't see that in too many sports books anymore.
I think this would be a great book to teach the difference between facts and opinions. Sports has always been a terrific platform for teaching this skill. You could use statistics from this book to create math problems as well. With the popularity of the NFL at an all time high, you can use this guide to pull in some of your reluctant readers or arm your kids with football facts that they can share at their parents' Super Bowl party.