Top Soccer Books for Toddlers – First Goodnight Reading [2024 Update]

Your baby became a toddler and you know that one day they will be the protagonist in the fairytales of the superstar soccer player, now just running around the house. You put a size 3 soccer ball in front and… completely uninterested :/ You are not the first to have run into this discrepancy between the excitement that you have and the kiddo. Let’s see how we spark up some of the passion for the sport through some of the best soccer books for toddlers. Introducing toddlers to soccer through books is a great way to spark their interest and foster their love for the sport.

What are the best soccer books for toddlers?

Ranked in no particular order, these are some great options to see if you can enjoy reading some interactive books full of colors as a bedtime story or as a break in between running around the house or playing with a ball and toys.

Goodnight Soccer by Michael Dahl

In this charming bedtime board book, toddlers will follow along as adorable characters play a friendly soccer game, while the rhythmic text and colorful illustrations create a soothing and engaging experience that introduces them to the world of soccer. Our personal recommendation is to buy a plush soccer ball, just as it is on the cover.

Soccer Counts by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

With delightful rhymes and vibrant illustrations, this interactive picture book takes toddlers on a counting adventure through soccer. From one ball to ten cheering fans, young readers will learn numbers while exploring the excitement of the game. Instead of mindlessly reading through lollipops or bees, this is a great option to teach math while also getting the passion for soccer out there.

My First Soccer Book by Sports Illustrated Kids

Designed as a sturdy board book, this beginner’s guide to soccer is perfect for little hands. It is professionally made, so it covers the basics of the sport, such as the rules, different positions, and basic skills. With simple explanations and captivating illustrations that keep toddlers entertained and informed. In our opinion, it does miss the spirit of some of the other books.

Messi: A Boy Who Became A Star by Steve Herman

Telling the remarkable story of Lionel Messi, through vivid storytelling and engaging illustrations. It takes readers on a journey from Messi’s humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to stardom. Showcasing the power of dreams, hard work, and perseverance, this book tells us how Messi might be the best player that ever played the game. It is a must-read for aspiring young athletes and fans alike, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of a true sports legend.

Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin

Follow the inspiring journey of Ajani, a young boy who dreams of becoming a soccer star, in this heartwarming picture book. Through detailed illustrations and relatable storytelling, toddlers will learn about determination, teamwork, and the joy of playing soccer. The story is truly one of the more remarkable, yet very remarkable and age-appropriate. It is probably the most fun you will have while reading it.

Peppa Plays Soccer by Neville Astley and Mark Baker

Ok, who doesn’t want to join Peppa Pig and her friends as they learn about soccer in this delightful storybook? Through playful illustrations and a fun narrative, discover the basics of the game, from kicking the ball to working as a team. The narration is familiar to Peppa the Pig fans, emphasizing fair play and having a great time.

The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Brother and Sister Bear embark on a soccer journey in this endearing Berenstain Bears book. This is a perfect book for siblings that one day might join a soccer team. Toddlers will learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of practice, all wrapped in the lovable bear adventures. The illustrations are fun and dynamic and the narration is family focused.

Decision time

Regardless of the interest in soccer at this age, these are great books to get your young athlete interested in reading. Remember to choose books that are age-appropriate and feature engaging illustrations to keep toddlers interested. These books provide a good starting point for introducing soccer to young children and sparking their enthusiasm for the sport.