Book List: AFL-themed books for kids

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AFL Books for Babies

AFL game dayAFL Game Day

ISBN: 9780143505846

Format: Board Book

Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Group)

RRP: $14.99

This is a brilliant book to help parents introduce their babies to the traditions of AFL. It’s a simple board book with textures that allow baby to learn about woolly scarves, orange skins and football leather.

AFL My First WordsAFL My First Words


Format: Board Book

Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Australia)

RRP: $9.99

AFL My First Words features stand-alone words and photographic images organised under the headings, Getting There, The Ground, People, Food, Clothes, Positions and Plays.  Babies and small children can build their vocabulary and learn about many aspects of the Australian Football League, from train and oval, to scarf and tackle.

AFL My First NumbersAFL My First Numbers

ISBN: 9780143505792

Format: Board Book

Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Australia)

RRP: $9.99

AFL My First Numbers is a simple concept book that will help children learn to count to 15 with colourful objects that are synonymous with AFL, from boots and footballs to whistles and Brownlow Medals.

AFL Little LibraryAFL My Little Library

ISBN: 9780143505839

Format: Board Book

Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Australia)

RRP: $9.99

The AFL Little Library is made up of four mini board books. Each book has a different focal concept: words, numbers, colours and shapes. Pull all books out of the cardboard case and piece together the puzzle using the images on the back covers.

Sweet Little Magpie

Author:  Neridah McMullin

Illustrator: P. Gibbs

Publisher: Collingwood Football Club

Purchase from Collingwood Football Club

This very sweet little book has a gorgeous rhyming text that introduces little Magpies to AFL footy attire, from a footy that’s rough to touch and a scarf that should be worn with pride.

AFL Picture Books

I Love FootyI Love Footy!

By Matt Zurbo

ISBN: 9781922081179

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Windy Hollow Books

RRP: $25.95

Matt  Zurbo celebrate the benefits of football in this energy filled book. A red football brings a young boy’s wild imagination to life- it helps him to run as fast as a  mountain lion, charge like a warrior and fly like an angel. Playing football for this boy gives him a sense of safety, pride and satisfaction. He plays in all types of weather and learns the value of team work.

Jackson's GoalJackson’s Goal

Author: Dwayne Russell

Illustrator: Donna Gynell

ISBN: 9781921778001

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Slattery Media Group

RRP: $24.95

Footy loving Jackson is back in this follow up to Jackson’s Footy! With the help of his Mum, Jackson practises his marks, handballs, tackles and goal kicking to secure a place in the Bears’ football team.

Jackson's FootyJackson’s Footy

Author: Dwayne Russell

Illustrator: Donna Gynell

ISBN: 9780980627480

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Slattery Media Group

RRP: $24.95

Jackson’s footy is always by his side whether he’s eating his breakfast or washing the dog.

Side by SideSide by Side- In the Beginning

Author: Neridah McMullin

Illustrator: Ainsley Walters

ISBN: 9780980794809

Format: Paperback

Publisher: One Day Hill

RRP: $24.95

Side by Side is set in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood during the depression. Charlie watches his first game of football from the roof of a worker’s cottage. He learns from his father about the club’s most remarkable players, the early history of Collingwood and its rivalry with Fitzroy and Carlton.

Kick it to MeKick It to Me

Author: Neridah McMullin

Illustrator: Peter Hudson

ISBN: 9780980794861

Publisher: One Day Hill

RRP: $19.99

Set in 1846, this is the childhood story of Tom Wills, considered the pioneer of Australian Rules Football. Tom developed a love for Marn-grook, a ball game played by the indigenous children of the Djab Wurrung Tribe where he grew up. Tom’s love for this game helped him work towards developing a uniform code of football in Australia.

MarngrookMarngrook- The long ago story of Aussie Rules

Author: Titta Secombe (editor)

Illustrator: Grace Fielding

ISBN: 9781921248443

Format: Harcover

Publisher: Magabala Books

RRP: $24.95

This is the story of Australian Rules’ origins- which began in north western Victoria over 150 years ago. Football lovers will be interested to read that indigenous children would make egg-shaped footballs out of possum skins and emu feathers and use it to pass, kick and leap for the ball in ways that have become renowned techniques in Australian Rules football.

AFL Books for Independent Readers

AFL Junior Fiction

Specky Magee

Author: Felice Arena and Gary Lyon

Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Group)

RRP: $16.95

Specky Magee is a popular series of books that tell the footy adventures of Simon Magee. He is challenged on and off the field and learns a great deal about Australian Rules Football, friendships, injuries and rivalries.

Fox Swift

Author: David Lawrence

Illustrator: Jo Gill

ISBN: 9780987420534
Format: Illustrated Fiction

Publisher: Slattery Media Group

RRP: $16.95

When Fox Swift and his family move from the city, he has to choose which of the town’s two football teams he will join: the rich club that attracts all the best players or the struggling club.

With football tips and drills from AFL superstar, Cyril Rioli, Fox’s team of diverse players work hard to try and win a premiership.

Maxx Rumble: Footy

Author: Michael Wagner

Illustrator: Terry Denton

ISBN: 9781922179067

Format: Illustrated Junior Fiction

Publisher: Black Dog Books (Walker Books)

RRP: $19.95

Michael Wagner takes his well-known and energetic character, Maxx Rumble, to the football field where he continues to exaggerate his sporting stories, injuries and achievements.

AFL Activity Books

AFL Activity Books

AFL Mascot Manor

This colouring book features pages of single team mascots, references to infamous players, puns and some humorous pages that see mascots interacting with one another.

ISBN: 9780143505808


Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Group)

AFL Sticker Activity Book

There are a range of activities to complete in this book, from word searches to mazes. The stickers will help children learn more about team colours, logos and player nick-names.

ISBN: 9780143505815


Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Group)

AFL Doodlepedia

The fun and colourful pages in this activity book will have AFL enthusiasts thinking, problem solving, designing, creating, drawing and colouring as they learn a range of football facts.


ISBN: 9780143505860

Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Group)

Find the Footy

There are 12 footballs to be found on each page of this book, which takes children on a pictorial tour of the world, from Sydney’s Opera House to the Great Wall of China, and the Grand Canyon in America to Tower Bridge in London.

ISBN: 9781921778469

Publisher: Slattery Media Group

RRP: $14.95


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Book List: AFL-themed books for kids


  1. Hi,

    I’ve recently self-published an early chapter book titled, ‘Nick’s Fabulous Footy Cards’. It’s recommended for any Aussie Rules fan, five to nine years old. The book was released in October 2014 and it’s been slowly making its way into bookstores across Australia. I would love to have it reviewed or placed on you website in the ‘kids footy book section’.

    Its ISBN is 9780992533502. It was written for my nephew Nick, who loves it and the response from other young readers has been positive too.

    Thanks for your time

    Greg Fish ph:0402317020

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