I get asked that question a lot – in schools, at football clubs, and on social media too. It’s a really important question, and it’s so great to hear more and more girls asking it. I just wish that I had a better answer for them than ‘Coming soon, I promise!’ So, in the meantime, I’ve put together a top reading list for football-mad girls. If you notice anything missing, just let me know and I’ll add it in!
Helena Pielichaty – Girls FC
If it’s ‘the 3 Fs’ – female football fiction – you’re after, then look no further. There are 8 books in this brilliant series about Megan Fawcett and her amazing, all-girls team. What’s not to love about titles like ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?’ and ‘Can Ponies Take Penalties?’ Pielichaty is also the author of Here Come The Girls!, a children’s non-fiction book about the history of women’s football.
Rachel Ignotofsky – Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win
There’s only one football/soccer player in this beautifully illustrated book – American superstar, Mia Hamm – but don’t worry, there are plenty of other inspiring sporting stories to enjoy.
Charlotte Browne – Smith (out March 2019)
At last, a female Ultimate Football Hero! This is the remarkable, real-life story of Kelly Smith, Arsenal’s superstar striker and record goalscorer for The Lionesses. There’ll be a couple more titles coming out in time for the Women’s World Cup, so watch this space!
Rebecca Stevens – Lily and the Rockets (out May 2019, Chicken House Books)
I’m super excited to read this historical children’s novel, set in 1918. Lily is the star goalkeeper for ‘The Rockets’ but when the First World War ends, so does women’s football. Lily, however, refuses to give up her dream…
This is the must-read magazine for all women’s football fans. It’s packed with interesting articles and interviews and there’s even a ‘Little Kicks’ section for younger readers.
This new children’s magazine from the makers of WSC does an awesome job of covering men’s and women’s football, side by side. Nice one!
Carrie Dunn – The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England
This book is the perfect preparation for cheering England on at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Come on, you Lionesses!
Gwendolyn Oxenham – Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer
I absolutely loved this book of 12 fascinating women’s football stories from all over the world. Let’s hope there’s a Volume 2!