This is a short guide to rugby reading for children. I’ve included only that which I have read and think is well done.
Dan Anthony – the Rugby Zombie series (Pont Books), 8+
Chris Higgins – Pride and Penalties (Hodder), 9+
Tom Palmer – Rugby Academy series and Scrum (Barrington Stoke), 8+
Gerard Siggins – Rugby Spirit series (O’Brien Press), 8+
Andrew Smith – Winger, 13+
World Rugby Records by Chris Hawkes, 7+
England Rugby Annual 2015, 6+
Jonny: My Autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson, 10+
Official Rugby World Cup Activity Book, Carlton Books, 7+
Rugby World Cup Tournament Guide, Carlton Books, 7+
Playing the Game
Know the Game: Rugby Union by the RFU
Haynes Manual: Rugby Union by Howard Johnson
Rugby for Dummies by Nick Cain
The Rugby Paper – weekly newspaper (£1.50)
Rugby World – monthly glossy magazine (£4.50)
There is also an online rugby magazine called Touchline on the RFU website at http://www.englandrugby.com/news/newslisting/rugbypost-and-touchline-newsletters/
Some of the best rugby union websites for children are:
Most newspapers cover rugby union to an extent. The most in depth are the Times, the Mail and the official England Rugby newspaper, The Telegraph. The only children’s newspaper – First News – covers rugby occasionally in its sports pages.
You can read more details about some of the books above in some reviews I did for the Guardian, here.
For more free ideas and resources about using the Rugby World Cup to encourage children to read for pleasure, please visit http://englandrugbyteachersresource.com/putting-it-into-practice/other-subjects/literacy and check out the Read Rugby toolkit. It takes less than a minute to subscribe.