Monday, February 6, 2017

Post Superbowl LI

My husband and son are huge football fans.  Today they impatiently wait for late August to arrive because that only means one thing--Football is back! Me?  I could take it or leave it. Although, I do have dreams of going from one college football game to another from Michigan to Ohio to Alabama to Tennessee to Georgia to Penn State to....Yeah, when you graduate from SUNY-Binghamton in the early 90s and they have no football team or even a D1 anything team, you begin craving tailgate parties and college camaraderie at middle aged.

For all of you in post-football/Superbowl withdraw, here are some books to help tide you over until the fall.

Don't Throw it to Mo by David Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks (2015) E ADL

This book won the 2016 Geisel Award. Mo loves football, even sleeps with his football, but he isn't the star player. So when they put "butterfingers" Mo in the game, it's all you can do to keep your fingers and toes crossed that he can catch the ball.  Perfect for your emerging readers.  Well, it did win the Geisel award!

Sweet Feet: Samantha Gordon's Winning Season by Samantha Gordon with Ari Bruening (2013) 921 GOR

Have you ever heard of Samantha Gordon?  She's just a young girl from Salt Lake City who's a great football player!  This book came out when she was ten and it will inspire anyone, especially young female athletes.  When Sam's dad posted her highlight video on youtube, it went viral and Sam's life changed forever.  She met celebrities, went to New York, was on TV, etc.  I can't wait to see where she ends up!

The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Kerry Talbott (2011) E GUT

This fun picture book is based on the true story of Roy Riegels, a center for the University of California Golden Bears, who picked up a fumble in the 1929 Rose Bowl and ran all the way to the Georgia Tech one yard line with the ball.  Chalk that up to another unforgettable game that went in the history books (sort of like last night's game?). A perfect lesson to learn that mistakes happen and just move on when they do.

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy and illustrated by C.F. Payne (2016) 921 GAR

Even though this book isn't entirely about football, it can inspire us all to follow our dreams and not let any obstacles get in our way. Mary had always loved sports since she was little.  She loved playing, watching and reading about them.  Mary's big break came during World War II when the men were overseas and the newspaper needed a sports reporter.  Not always an easy job, Mary worked way past her retirement, until she was 86 years old.  May we all have the energy and confidence to make it in this world and fight for what we want and believe is right.

Tom Brady by Jason Glaser (2012) 921 BRA

This book is a little outdated, worn and well loved but that doesn't stop it from being circulated.  Yes, most of our students are Giants fans but as you can see we do have some Patriots fans.  Mrs. Kelliher is probably one of the biggest ones!  Thanks for an exciting Superbowl, Tom Brady and the Patriots. See you in the fall!

We had some happy fans at school today!

He went to bed at halftime.  Boy did the outcome of the game change while he was sleeping!

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