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Browse all our sports books, including football, rugby and cricket sticker books and children's fiction.

Playing cricket

Cricket sticker book

Cricket Sticker Book

Cricket fans will love to dress the bowler, batsman, wicket keeper and fielders in their cricket gear, organise the players on the pitch and place their team in the perfect position to score a century in this brilliant sticker book. Find out more...

One of the best cricket books for children

Cricket rules

Download this pdf taken from the Cricket Sticker Book, which explains what a bowler does, what a wicket is and how to score runs.

Download the Cricket rules pdf

Strange cricket facts

  • The first recorded cricket game was in 1646, when two boys got in trouble for playing cricket instead of going to church!
  • The 'stumps' are so-called because English shepherds – who first discovered the sport – used to bat in front of a tree stump.
  • The longest ever cricket match was between England and South Africa in 1939. After nine days of play the match was abandoned as a draw – so England didn't miss the boat home!
  • The England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart was born on 8th April 1963, or 8/4/63. In his England career he went on to score exactly 8463 runs!

Football books

Young football fans will enjoy bringing the beautiful game to life in these colouring and activity books.

Football activity sheets

Football colouring from Usborne Saturday Activities

Football colouring

Look at these players' kits to work out who's on which team, then fill them in with your own colours.

Training session activity sheet

Training session activity sheet

These players are practising different skills – can you draw in where you think the ball should go?

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Kick by Mitch Johnson

Budi works in a sweatshop in Jakarta, while dreaming of playing football for Real Madrid. A story about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way, Kick is endorsed by Amnesty International. 



Winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award. Selected for The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.


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A brilliant debut. John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A dazzling story of family, fate and football and one game-changing friendship. Peter Bunzl, author of The Cogheart Adventures

Gymnastics stories for kids

When Tara joins the Silverdale Gym Club, she is catapulted into their star team. But with training for national competitions, homework and friendships to balance, it's not easy being a gym star...

Summertime and Somersaults

Summertime and Somersaults

Tara loves gym and spends every spare moment practising in her garden. When she joins the Silverdale Gym Club, Tara's catapulted into their star team. But with so many new things to learn - like backflips, somersaults and handsprings, how will Tara ever catch up with her talented teammates? With a foreword by Olympic medal winner Beth Tweddle.


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This book was more of a success than I had imagined possible, in that it has both helped my daughter's gymnastics and provided her with an increased enjoyment of fiction. Reader's review of Gym Stars: Summertime and Somersaults
Friendships and Backflips

Friendships and Backflips

Tara has been entered for her first ever gym competition and she's desperate to win. But she's so busy learning the tricky routine that she doesn't have time for her best friends. When they all fall out, Tara realizes that her friends are more special than any medal. Can she find a way to make up with them and follow her gym star dreams? With a foreword by Olympic medal winner Beth Tweddle.


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Handsprings and Homework

Handsprings and Homework

Gym-mad Tara still can't believe she's part of the Silverdale Gym Club - and that she's through to a national competition! But Tara's homework is starting to pile up and when her teachers notice that her schoolwork is sliding she's in big trouble... Can Tara finish all her work on time and win a gold medal? With a foreword by Olympic medal winner Beth Tweddle.


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Riding and pony care

These books are perfect for young equestrian enthusiasts, who can learn how to ride and care for horses and ponies, or create their own scenes with the fantastic sticker and colouring books.