Monday, November 21, 2011

1st and 10: Top Ten Lists of Everything in Football - a review

Gramling, Gary, Christina M. Tapper, and Paul Ulane. 2011. Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10: Top Ten Lists of Everything in Football. New York: Time.

Here are thirty-six "top ten" lists of some of football's great achievers (touchdown leaders), achievements (Super Bowls), and curiosities (wackiest weather, nicknames, quotes, etc.)

Do you know the top ten undrafted players? The top ten biggest players? Comeback games? Famous quotes?  Craziest hairstyles? (yes, Troy Polamalu is #1)  You'll know them all after reading 1st and 10.

The large size (over 11" square), makes this the perfect browsing book for football season.  Books of this sort often have a relatively short shelf life, as players retire and records are broken; so if you've got a copy of this book in your library, put it out on display and start it moving!

I'm not a football fan, but I'm a pretty good judge of what kids will check out of the library. Football fans are sure to find something to interest them in this 95-page volume filled with photos.

In light of the recent football scandals at two universities,  it should be mentioned that 1st and 10 features only professional teams.

Today's Nonfiction Monday roundup is at Books Together.


  1. I love books like this. The boys in my class are always arguing about sports so this would be a perfect book for them.

  2. This is great. I don't know much about American football other than the field size is different than in Canada, I think this would be a great introduction!


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